Kiren Rijiju misled House regarding Indo-Myanmar boundary issue: Ibomcha
IMPHAL | Aug 14 : Union minister of state, Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has misled the Rajya Sabha regarding the Indo-Myanmar boundary issue in his supplementary reply during question hour on August 1, 2018, alleged former secretary (law), Laishom Ibomcha.
He made the allegation during a press conference held today at his residence located at Keishampat Laishom Leirak today evening.
Laishom Ibomcha asserted that according to the annual reports of 2013-14 (para 3.20), 2016-17 (para 3.24) and 2017-18 (para 3.19) of ministry of Home Affairs it is said that India shares a 1,643 kilometres long border with Myanmar. But while replying to supplementary question raised in the Rajya Sabha on August 1, 2018, the MP of Manipur, Ksh. Bhavananda, the union minister, in his written supplementary report replied that the Indo-Myanmar boundary is 1,472 kilometres and out of it, 171 kilometres is to be demarcated through a boundary mechanism which both the countries have established. He said the same was reported on August 2 editions of local dailies.
Ibomcha further stated that on comparative scrutiny of the aforesaid annual reports of ministry of home affairs and supplementary reply of the union minister for home, it is noticeable that there is a discrepancy of 171 kilometres in the boundary length of the Indo-Myanmar border while alleging that the case clearly shows that Kiren Rijiju is misleading the House.
The then opposition MP of Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh who is currently the Union Home Minister had sent a demi official letter dated December 1, 2013 on the Boundary Issue addressed to the then Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh After fully digesting the problems and sentiments of local people and based on the facts as mentioned in the letter, Ibomcha demanded the Centre for consideration and taking up appropriate action.
The letter from Rajnath mentioned that according to the Treaty of 1967, the International Boundary Line has to be demarcated based on the Traditional Boundary Line and after the re-demarcation of acceptable boundary line and re-identification of Boundary Pillars, fencing was to be constructed as per International convention, abandoning 10 meter each side from the boundary lines of both countries creating no men’s land zone of 20 meter between the countries, so the wrongly constructed 4 km length Boundary Line Fencing inside Yangoupokpi Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary of Moreh Sector, Manipur must be removed, he asserted adding that “The Boundary Fencing work must also be halted immediately as it leaves huge tract of land on Myanmar side which has traditionally been ours.”
Ibomcha also appealed for re-demarcation of the unsettled portions of Boundary Line following the traditionally Boundary re-identification of the Boundary Pillars along the Manipur Sector with people participation from both countries to be conducted at the earliest.
He also called for the constitution of a committee jointly between MHA and State Home Department to translate and describe the location of border pillars and border landmark water divisions, frontier streams and rivers into easily legible names and language for better protection of the International Boundary along the State.
Ibomcha further said in the circumstances, perhaps the BJP and Union Home Minister may not retract their earlier stand but he still has hopes that they will vigorously pursue the matter with the Prime Minister, in the interest of all concerned.
He additionally asserted that the framework agreement signed between the government of India (GOI) and NSCN-IM would have severe impact on Manipur adding that the electronic media is becoming a tool for the politicians to discuss the present issues of Manipur. Instead of trying to solve the issues they are earning their political mileage, he added.
While stating that the people of the state have been agitating against the implementation of article 371 (A), Ibomcha said the article have to be implemented in the Nagaland state only under special provision but the article must not be implemented in Manipur as it is only meant for the state of Nagaland. However, article 371 (A) must be corrected to article 371 (C) under the analogy of article 371 (A), he added.
L. Ibomcha further stated the present government should pressurise the Central government for a separate framework for Manipur and also ask the GOI to strengthen it as a cabinet decision and present it to the Union home ministry. If the central government denies the resolution of cabinet then the government must seek for greater Manipur, he continued while arguing that in the interest of a Greater Manipur all Manipuri inhabitant areas including neighbouring countries should be included in a Unified Manipur.
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