UCM re-opens migrant issue
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, October 03: THE UNITED Committc Manipur (UCM) has urge the Ibobi government to announce during the ongoing Assembly session its policics and programmes for various public issues that has remained sidelined for a long time now'.

The issues being highlighted by UCM include the uncontrolled influx of migrants, border row with Nagaland, price hike, and rehabilitation of person whose land have been acquired by the government.

In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi today, the UCM recalled that following strong protests by th student communities regardingt the migrants' issue the state government had signed two agreements on August 5, 1980 and November 9, 1994 committing itself to initiating identification and detection of "foreign nationals and also to deport them." Despite the formation of a five member committee under the supervision of the then Chief Secretary, the issue died with the pacification of the students' community, the memorandum signed by UCM president, Konsam Lanngamba stated.

"In these long years of government negligence, the number of outsiders has increased uncontrollably and if this trend is allowed to go on for the next ten years, then Manipur would not be a land of Manipuris but of foreigners and outsiders," the UCM cautioned.

Stating that all other north Eastern states shadowed by this vexed problem have taken up various policies, the UCM called upon the Ibobi government to make appropriate legislation in this regard by invoking Article 19 (5) of the Indian Constitution, or by framing suitable policy and programmes to tackle the issue.

Regarding the Manipur-Nagaland and Manipur Myanmar border issue, the UCM charged that the "elementary cause of this issue is the lack of commitment on the part of the Government of Manipur to preserve and protect the territorial integrity of Manipur".

"It is a pity that the villagers who inhabit the border areas are making isolated efforts unsupported by Manipur Government the UCM stated and added, "Instead of taking a number of resolutions in the Assembly and ignoring the actual take-over of parts of Manipur territory, the government should truly preserve the historical boundary of Manipur.

The UCM also called upon the Ibobi government to evolve appropriate policy and programmes to contain the recent skyrocketing of the price of essential commodities in the wake of the announcement of the implementation of the recommendation of the Sixth Pay Commission last month.

Stating that during the recent government policies of land acquisition, many people have been rendered landless, it also urged the government to properly rehabilitate these people.

Among the victims of the recent government land acquisition are villagers of Sendra Nungjeng Leikai of Moirang Assembly Constituency and Sendra village in Thanga Assembly Constituency who have been affected by the recent government effort of widening the Moirang-Sendra road.

As many as 350 persons belonging to 64 families, including students, are living in make-shift rodd hotels, the UCM memorandum pointed out and emphasized that it is a gross mistake and injustice on the part of the government to cause such a miserable and inhuman condition to its own citizens.