The Manipur government, as part of its effort to ensure security and welfare of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) on Tuesday issued guidelines for a permanent housing scheme for the IDPs, whose houses had been burnt down owing to the prevailing crisis with immediate effect.
The guidelines said, building of such houses may be done in feasible areas first and the number of houses will be increased based on the feasibility assessment by the District Administration concerned.
It also said that the implementation of the scheme will be done in a balanced approach both for hill and valley districts based on need assessment Certified by District Administration concerned.
The order issued in the name of the Governor by Commissioner (Home), Government of Manipur, T Ranjit Singh, stated that the scheme is exclusively for the households whose houses had been burnt down due to the present law and order crisis arising aftermath of the tribal solidarity march organised by All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM).
Due to the sudden onset of violence in the districts, people affected by violence were forced to rush out of houses and take shelter in the relief camps across various Districts of Manipur, it said, adding that approximately 4,800 to 5,000 houses were reported to have been destroyed.
The statement said that the actual construction of houses will be done in phase-wise manner based on need after due verification and certification of the actual need by the District Administrations concerned.
It asserted that the houses to be built will be on the basis of the actual number of houses damaged/ burnt down limiting to only one house for one household irrespective of the number of houses damaged/ burnt down for that household.
It further underlined eligibility criteria of families stating that the beneficiary must be an Indian National, domicile/ permanent resident of Manipur, have had a house which has been burnt down/ (destroyed in the recent unrest which erupted on May 3, 2023 and has no alternate own home to go to, proof of ownership of the claimed house and details of FIR filed related to the arson at the said house.
It also includes detailed information on the identification of affected families and categorizing them by the district administration based on the type of house they had; package for permanent housing for resettlement of the IDPs; start of construction of houses and steps to ensure security and safety of the locality post the families have move back to their houses; mode of disbursement of relief package to the eligible families; post resettlement.
It also briefed on the mode of implementation of the scheme; monitoring and facilitation of the scheme; improvement in the implementation of the scheme/ saving clause and grievance redressal mentioning of a dedicated helpline number for the respective districts for doubt clearance. The order was issued with the approval of the competent authority, it added.