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ZYF on Jiribam ‘full-fledged district’ demand

IMPHAL: While stating that it has no objection to “upgradation of present Jiribam Sub-Division as a full-fledged district,” the ZYF today expressed its strong opposition to “amalgamation of any village or merging of any part or areas of Tamenglong district” for formation of Jiribam district without the “consent of the people.”

It will not bring positive result since the ZYF has been strongly pressing the State Govt. to resolve the issue of illegal encroachment into Tamenglong district by some individuals from Jiribam Sub-Division, asserted a press statement from Zeliangrong Youth Front (ZYF) President, Titus Kamei.

While Jiribam District Demand Committee (JDCC), which is spearheading the demand, has announced its plan to launch series of agitations against the State Government in the coming days, till now the committee has not “make the details of list of villages to be included, its map and boundary of the propose Jiribam district in public domain,”  it added.

 ZYF, thus, demanded that the JDCC to come out clear picture prior to launching of agitation so that any sort of misunderstanding is avoided.

There has been speculation that some Zeliangrong villages of Tamenglong district are going to amalgamate with Jiribam Sub-Division for formation of Jiribam as a full-fledged district, it added.

In the past the State Government and ZYF had held two-three times joint meeting with the State Chief Minister along with other Ministers and MLAs at the Chief Minister Secretariat in the past and committee called “Inter District Boundary Dispute Committee” was also formed in this regard, ZYF maintained.

Besides, an inspection and physical verification by enquiry team headed by by W. Arthur IAS, the then Deputy Commissioner, Tamenglong was also conducted, it said adding that ADC Jiribam and SDO Tousem and others concern departmental officials of Revenue, Forest etc of Tamenglong and Jiribam also participated the enquiry in the early part of 2014.

However, ZYF lamented that while enquiry report was submitted to the State Government for “further necessary action,” no positive step based on the report has been taken up so far “to bring solution regarding illegal encroachment.”

“It is a clear indication of intentional delayed with deliberate attempt to conceal facts,” ZYF alleged.

In this connection, the ZYF “strongly urged” the State Government and the committee constituted specifically for resolving the inter-district boundary issue to take up appropriate action based on the enquiry report submitted by the enquiry team “at the earliest in order to avoid any misunderstanding among the people.”

“Any misunderstanding if emerged among the people shall be the responsibility of the State Govt. and Boundary Committee,” it  further cautioned.
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