Updated 4 Jul 2022, 3:57 am
UCM president Joychandra Konthoujam on Sunday stated that the issue of border pillar, which has been neglected by the central government and the state government for many years, should be solved as soon as possible.
The state government should inform the public where there are undisputed areas, Joychandra Konthoujam stated, adding that the state cannot lose land due to border fencing issues.
Addressing the 22nd Foundation Day celebration of the United Committee Manipur (UCM) at MSFDS, Konung Mamang, the president said that the external affairs minister of state knows very well about the state and hence, such an opportunity should not be wasted.
The issue of border pillars can be solved as the state government and central government is led by BJP and even the external affairs minister of the state is our own land representative, he said.
Border area of about 388 kilometres is yet to be solved and it is under controversy, Joychandra stated, while informing that there is no problem of border fencing at undisputed areas but at disputed areas.
Moreover, the government should clarify to the people of the state about the undisputed areas, said UCM president.
UCM is not against border fencing but we are calling for fencing in the border areas where our ancestors kept, Joychandra said.
“To protect our ancestral land is our duty and we should protect our land by ourselves. We cannot allow losing land due to fencing disputes,” the UCM president said.
Stating about the support and works done for far flung areas of hills with the support from the state government, Joychandra said that the mission of UCM to search and trace blood relatives will continue.
He informed that the UCM supports the state government’s war on drugs; however, the owner of drugs should be identified and given punishment. It is very unfortunate to hear that security personnel are involved in drug trafficking, he added.
UCM stands for people of Manipur and will remain for people, Joychandra added.
The United Committee Manipur (UCM) was established on July 3, 2001. It is the outcome of the unprecedented ceasefire agreement declaration between the proscribed NSCN (IM) and government of India.
After the fateful incident of the Great June Uprising on 18th June 2001 where 18 innocent lives were lost during the protest against the extension of the cease fire inside the territory of Manipur, various Civil Society Organizations (CSO) of the state joined hands to form an apex umbrella organization to defend the territorial integrity of Manipur.
First published:4 Jul 2022, 3:57 am
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