IMPHAL | June 12
A one-day public discussion on oil exploration, jointly organised by different civil voluntary organisations in Chandel has resolved to stop oil exploration in the state, maintaining that oil companies should stop spreading lies to the locals, and the latter should respect the rights of the indigenous people.
A release said the discussion was jointly organized by Forest, Natural Resources Management and Development Council (NRMDC Chandel), Anal SinnuRuwal Manipur (ASRM), Anal Naga Tangli Manipur (ANTM), Chakpi River Protection and Development (CRPD), People’s Development Organisation (Chandel PDO) and Farmers Development Society (FDS Chandel).
Speaking in the discussion, PS Ngamnung Anal, president of NRMDC) shared his view on how the developmental projects like Dams, Oil Exploration, etc, will destroy the agricultural land which belongs to the indigenous people of Manipur.
More than 85 thousands hectares of paddy field have been made submerged by the Loktak Hydro Power Project in the name of development and employment to the people, but after the commissioning of the project not a single person whose land have been submerged by this project have achieved job in the project sectors, he said.
Bd. Betha Anal, vice president of CRPD highlighted that there is no proper drinking water facility, roads, hospitals, higher level schools, etc in Chandel District, in the name of constructing the same many companies have approached with a false promise to the people living in Chandel that there will be proper drinking water facility, Schools, Hospitals, Roads, Jobs etc, it said.
Further NL Jonhlung Anal, president of ASRM shared that there are many helicopter and drone flying at night in the area of Chandel, the people fear that there is an aerial survey being carried out by the Beel Industries trying to detect the minerals through some powerful ray as it could be observe by the people of Tamenglong and Jiribam, it added.
There is a fear of polluting the rivers by the drilling processes of Oil and the people will be compelled to shift from their inhabited land in search of safer place, continued Jonhlung, adding the people of Manipur should stand together to protect our natural resources from being taken out by the companies and the government of India, and the resources must be control by the people not the companies, the release maintained.
In the said discussion KL Wellee Anal, general secretary FDS), L Kanlun Anal, president PDO, BdBetha Anal, vice president CRPD, PS Isrial Anal, general secretary ANTM, NL Jonhlung Anal, president ASRM and PS Ngamnung Anal, president NRMDC were the presidium members, said the release.