In a critical move towards stabilising the situation amidst ongoing unrest, the government of Manipur is actively implementing a resettlement programme for displaced victims, said Jeetendra Ningomba, the convenor of COCOMI on Friday.
He was speaking during a public discussion held in Serou, Kakching district, focusing on the restoration of normalcy in the region.
The programme was also attended by figures, including Kakching District Commissioner S Somorjit, Kakching Superintendent of Police Th Vikramjit, Additional Inspector General of the Assam Rifles Jotin, and the Commanding Officer of Serou’s Border Security Force (BSF), among others.
Jeetendra expressed that COCOMI initially grappled with confusion during the onset of the present crisis, given its unique composition as an organisation representing both the hills and valley.
However, upon a clear understanding that the ongoing crisis is primarily caused by illegal immigrants, COCOMI is now actively engaged in addressing the issue in collaboration with the public, he said.
The convener also highlighted the concerns of the people of Imphal for those individuals in peripheral areas who have been defending against Kuki militants during the unrest.
He further revealed that, with limping back to peace and the implementation of stringent security measures, as many as 688 displaced individuals have returned to their respective homes in Serou.
District Commissioner S Somorjit shed light on the challenges that will be faced by the people of Serou, where a staggering 90 per cent of the houses and properties were damaged during the crisis.
He announced that winter clothing is being supplied to those in relief camps and will also be distributed to the recently resettled individuals.
In addition, Somorjit revealed plans to provide water heaters to the relief centres in the near future. He also mentioned ongoing dialogues with the Agriculture Department to ensure timely distribution of winter seeds to farmers.
Moreover, the government is actively working on availing a livelihood program, offering financial support ranging from Rs 2 to 3 lakh for those who have resettled, signifying a comprehensive approach to rebuilding lives in Manipur.