Manipur social activist Sapamcha Kangleipal on Wednesday emphasised the urgent need for the state government to articulate a comprehensive policy for the rehabilitation of internally displaced individuals (IDPs).
During a meeting of the displaced Meitei community at Moirang Kangla, Kangleipal revealed that the chief minister had, in principle, accepted the conversion of IDPs’ demands into actionable measures.
The announcement followed a reported altercation between Moirang MLA Th Shanti and relief camp inmates over unmet demands on Tuesday. Subsequently, the chief minister engaged in a telephonic conversation with the inmates, assuring them of fulfilling their demands.
Kangleipal stressed the importance of displaying a government-prepared chart in every relief camp, outlining the rights and special facilities accorded to displaced victims.
Recalling CM Biren’s commitment to sincerely work for the displaced victims, Kangleipal expressed optimism that the state government would demonstrate dedication to their welfare.
Highlighting disparities in treatment among different relief camps, Kangleipal urged authorities to ensure equal treatment without bias.
With displaced victims residing in relief camps meant for short-term stays enduring eight months of struggle, he stressed the necessity for prompt government intervention.
A displaced individual from Churachandpur, Naba Ningthoujam, residing in a relief camp at Mangolnganbi College, recounted a sit-in protest held at two Moirang relief camps due to the government’s failure to fulfill a charter of demands.
Despite a scuffle between MLA Shanti and camp inmates, resolution was achieved, and the inmates expressed gratitude for the support received.
While the inmates suspended their protest after assurances from the chief minister, Naba cautioned that they would resume if the promises were not promptly fulfilled, highlighting the gravity of the situation.