Dharna staged for Sadar Hills district
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, October 03 2011:
In solidarity with the movement being spearheaded by the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC) for conversion of Sadar Hills to a full fledged district, a sit-in-protest demonstration was staged today at Ikou Bazar under Saikul sub-division.
The protest demonstration organised by the Ikou Bazar Meira Paibi and local clubs was largely participated by womenfolk of different communities.
Ikou Bazar Meira Paibi secretary Takhellambam Ibeyaima said that the prolonged blockaded being imposed by the SHDDC and the UNC have inflicted untold miseries on the people, more so on people living in interior areas.
She urged the Government to declare Sadar Hills as a district immediately if it is possible or explain the difficulties if it is impossible.
Whereas prices of almost all commodities have shot up, many of the essential commodities are no longer available in remote and interior areas, she said.
People's misery get aggravated all the more in case of illness.
"The Government has been concerned with only Imphal.
But it is the people living in interior areas who are enduring the greatest woes", Ibeyaima said.
Phalchong Mangte, another Meira Paibi leader from Sadar Hills area reminded that the demand for Sadar Hills district started way back in 1971 .
Saying that Sadar Hills is inhabited by different communities, Phalchong said that granting district status would not take away the land outside Manipur.