UCM reiterates development of NH 53
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, July 03, 2010: Speakers at the 10th foundation day of the United Committee Manipur (UCM) today urged the authorities to speed up the improvement works of the NH-53 considering the woes suffering by the people of the state.

UCM president, Yumnamcha Dilipkumar clarified that the stand of the people not to use NH-39 was due to the unbearable atrocities received by them by the anti-social elements and heavy uncontrolled extortion demands from the undergrounds operating actively on the Imphal-Dimapur section of the NH-39. If secure environment is provided and authorities control extortion menaces on this section of the highways and fulfilled the demands of the vehicle owners and transporters, state vehicles can resume their operations on the route at anytime, he said.

Present and former leaders, advisors of UCM at its foundation day function

It is well known to the people of the NH-53 is not fit for using but the same route is also needed for improvement so that both the highways could be used without any hindrance.

Government should give priority in developing the NH-53 as an accessible one, he added.

Recalling that UCM was formed by a unanimous decision of the various civil organisations, Dilipkumar reiterated that the main objective of the Committee is peace and integrity.

UCM is making efforts to uphold the integrity of the communities and protect the territorial boundary of the state while NSCN (IM) is tirelessly trying to disintegrate the territorial boundary of the state.

The integrity of the state could be protected only by the united strength of the people, he said.

Stating that UCM will start recruiting peace keeping volunteers, the president further said that the volunteers so recruited will be put into service in maintaining peace and development in the region.

President of Ethno-Heritage Council (HERICOUN), Rev Rehang Chothe speaking on the occasion observed the need for thorough understanding the age old history of the state by all section of the people.

Once the history of living together for thousands of year, the integrity and harmony among the different communities and tribe could be strengthened, he said adding that harmony among the people will bring peace and development in the state.

Former advisor of the UCM, RK Ranendrajit, speaking on the occasion stressed the need of thorough study into the prevailing situation in the state and do the needful to solve all the unsolved problems with understanding.

The role of civil organisations is a must in this regard, he said observing that UCM should also be an able organisation that can lead the society in the right direction.

Former president of the Committee observed the need of performing social activities with a long vision.

If the artificial scarcity of food and other essential commodities presently facing by the people is to be continued like this without Central government’s intervention, now the time has come to consider the import of these items from Myanmar.

Many leaders and representatives of different civil organisations based in both valley and hill talked on the celebration of the 10th foundation day of the UCM was held at GM Hall.