Lift blockade appeals turn into Pol leaders bashing
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 28: While continuing to make fervent appeals to ANSAM to lift the economic blockade in order to ameliorate suffering of the common people several organisations condemned Central and State governments for failure to solve the problem.

Even as the bodies highlighted shortage of essential commodities and traders hiking prices taking undue advantage of the situation Thoubal-based organisations criticised Outer Manipur MP Mani Charenamei for advocating communal politics in trying to project self as propagator of Naga interest.

If Charenamei is committed to ensure development and prosperity in the hill districts there is no justifiable explanation for absence of any welfare programmes taken up in hill areas since becoming a member of Parliament and empowered with MP development fund running into crore of rupees, questioned People�s Organisation for Civil Integrity and Liberty, Heirok (Thoubal district).

The organisation also reminded the MP of electorates from seven assembly constituencies in the valley areas as well as Jiribam voters entrusting Charenamei to address basic problems faced by the rural people instead of indulging in petty politics to remain in good books of a single community.

Moreover, had Charenamei applied his resources in lifting the socio-economic conditions of the hill people the feeling of alienation and disgruntlement could have been addressed, observed the body while asserted that the MP�s positive role is an important ingredient in solving the ANSAM agitation.

Desiring that MP Charenamei abandon communal politics and Rishang keishing utilise his enviable political experience Education Guide Centre (Thoubal Moijing) questioned what additional proof does the Govt require to declare ANSAM as unlawful organisation after having dislocated Irang Bridge and a number of vehicles reduced to cinders.

The Centre also observed that ANSAM is facing identity crisis as being a student organisation of Manipur the body is still adamant in calling off the blockade in the interest of the general public.

Decrying Nagaland-based NGOs joining the agitation the Moijing organisation described as unfortunate silence maintained by the Central Govt in-spite of the fact that people of Manipur had been under duress for over a month.

Expressing that State Govt should not oblige ANSAM demands on talks venue and revocation of the June 18 declaration while calling upon Naga political leaders to exhibit maturity in their conduct rather than mislead innocent hill people Sorbon Thingel Women�s Welfare Assn (Uripok) appealed for restraint from all concerned to preserve the age old relationships amongst various communities.

Highlighting negative aspect of the ANSAM agitation Singjamei Kendra Development Assn contended that the agitation could not bring down the Govt or those at the helm of affairs.

The most effected section of the society is the valley dwellers and hill people with the latter made to suffer even more as shortage of essential items in the capital districts consequently mean adverse effect in hilly areas, stated the Organisation in a release.

Other social, voluntary and women bodies appealing to ANSAM to lift the blockade on humanitarian ground are Apunba nupi-lup (Heirok), United Child & Youth Development Organisation (Keibi), Young Voluntary Organisation (Wangkhei), Bengoon Mamang Youth Welfare Assn (Mayang Imphal), The New Boys Hostel (DM College of Sc), Thangmeiband Hijam Leikai Ima Langol Leima Meira Paibi Assn, Kanglei Luptin (Imphal), Manipur Keithel Nupi Marup (Khwairamband Bazar), L Mani Goura Sangeet Akademy (Wangkhem), Khurai Local Council CPI, Indian national Trade Union Congress, All Manipur Nupi Marup, Mayang Imphal Apunba Nupi Lup, All Manipur Govt Hr Sec Lecturers� Welfare Assn and Proletariat People�s Welfare organisation (Khurai Lamlong Bazar).

Most organisations asking the State Govt not to revoke declaration of June 18 as State Integrity Day/Holiday also emphasised on expeditious development and proper maintenance of NH-53 in view of frequent disturbances on the Imphal-Dimapur route.

Meanwhile, representatives of ten women organisation called on the Governor and held an hour long discussion on the prevailing situation arising out of the economic blockade.

The women delegate also submitted a memorandum desiring the Governor�s active participation in ensuring adequate availability of essential commodities including baby food, improvement/upgrading of NH-53 into a four-lane highway on war footing, sufficient security cover to drivers/transport operators and intimation to the Central govt for appropriate measures to ameliorate suffering of the common people.