A welfare body in Tamenglong district of Manipur, the Chairmen and Secretaries Association Tamenglong (CSAT), on Wednesday announced that it will launch democratic forms of agitations if various grievances faced by the people of Tamenglong district are not addressed within October.
Speaking to mediapersons in Tamenglong HQ, the CSAT pointed out various grievances facing innocent public of Tamenglong that need redressal at the earliest.
CSAT president Makiujeiyang Gangmei said that they had submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner Tamenglong for immediate redressal of people's grievances.
If the concerned authorities failed to address the issues within October 2022, CSAT threatened to take up agitation and said the government would be held solely responsible for any eventualities or consequences after the stipulated time.
The initial implementation of MGNREGS schemes in a rural district like Tamenglong connected the lives of rural poor at the grass root. However, today the rural poor workers are deprived of getting due wages of their works for as much as 30 days for 2021-2022 and 15-25 days for 2022, excluding the recent phase of work (15days) of 2022-2023 being undertaken respectively.
“This delayed and non-released of our wages may be assumed as total negligence of the rural poor by the government. We solicit for issuance of our pending MGNREGS wages and relieve us from the bondage as per the MGNREGS guidelines,” Makiujeiyang said.
Another major grievance is erratic power supply, they said, adding that Tamenglong district sufferes the most frequent total blackout in Manipur.
Due to lack of power supply, people of Tamenglong are unable to utilise modern amenities. Nothing can be done without power supply and bad network connectivity in the era of digital, they stated, adding that it is affecting the students community the most.
Appealing the authorities concerned to arrange or engage more manpower to address the issue and remove all hindrances for the general public in the future, they said frequent disruption of internet connection, lack of accessible internet connection has hampered development of the place and its people to a great extent. The CSAT has sought to solve the issue by October 2022 to access unlimited connection to move forward with the rest of world.
The CSAT also pointed out the problem of increasing number of vehicles in the district and reckless driving along the bumpy road. Unchecked and rampant entries of loaded trucks during daytime, especially during school hours, opening of roadside vehicle workshops, iron and cement store etc. in the centre of the town is uncalled for, it said.
The CAST requested the deputy commissioner to frame strict and effective rules to enforce/regulate and arrange enough policemen for regular/active patrol.
Despite numerous schemes of water projects being implemented in Tamenglong, none of the project is successfully completed and functional till today, the association lamented.
While urging the government to frame effective surveys in every wards/village in consultation with the concerned authorities and monitor the work undertaken for early completion of all pending works at the most, they said, being a hilly place, people of Tamenglong, especially womenfolk, suffer the most to get safe drinking water for their families.
They also pointed out that the dilapidated road condition which is witnessed by all, the worst bumpy town roads, dusty, misty, muddy town roads may not directly affect the lives of some few privileged persons but it causes great miseries to the common people most particularly school going students both in sunny and rainy days.
It stated that the construction of two main roads connecting the district headquarters - Tamenglong-Khongsang road by Shivalaya Construction Company Pvt Ltd and Imphal-Kangchup road by Hindustan Construction Company are in a very slow pace and poorly engineered.
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