Seventh session of Public Hearing held; ETACA endorses Sadar hills district
Source: Hueiyen News Service
Imphal, November 15 2011:
The seventh session of the public hearing of the Committee on Re-oraganization of Administrative and Police District Boundary was held at the Conference hall of the office of the Chief Secretary DS Poonia today.
Bringing out their discontentment on the creation of Sadar Hills district, the Liangmei Naga Council, Senapati Zone warned that if Sadar Hills district is formed it is surely to rise tensions among the various ethnic groups in the area.
Speaking on the occasion, N Ranmathi, Secretary, Liangmei Naga Council, Senapati Zone said that the creation of Sadar Hills will in no way bring about peace in the area, it may perhaps cause ethnic clashes.
The council has been deeply studying the proposal and the government should too deeply study the matter.
He also urged the government to be aware about the four Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) struck between the former and different Naga civil bodies.
Meanwhile, speaking to reporters after the public hearing SL Mangshat, Chairman, Eastern Tamei Area Chief Association (ETACA), said that the ETACA completely supports the creation of Sadar Hills.
The demand for formation of Sadar Hills district is reasonable as five Kuki villages of eastern Tamei, Tamenglong district are located at the border area of the proposed Sadar Hills district.
He further said that people from Kuki inhabited villages face inconveniences due to the far away location of the district headquarters and added that the route that leads to Tamenglong headquarters takes two days to reach by pass from T Vaichong-Kangpokpi-Imphal, whereas it takes only one hour or two to reach the newly proposed T.Vaichong sub-division.
The route that leads to Tamei sub-division takes one day because transportation service is available only once in a day and that compels us to stay back there and have to spend a lot of unnecessary expenditures, he asserted.
Eastern Tamei Area Chief Association (ETACA) and Liangmai Naga Council, Southern Senapati submitted their respective representations during the seventh hearing of the committee chaired by Chief Secretary DS Poonia.
Director General of Police (DGP) Y.Joykumar was also present at the meeting.
However, Kuki Chief Association, Tamenglong and Movement for Tribal People's Rights, Manipur stayed away from the hearing.