Manipur Panchayat Parishad on Saturday decided to intensify agitation with bandhs and road blockades if the state government failed to fulfil the demand for implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) funds.
The Panchayat members from across the state have been staging a sit-in protest in front of DC complex at Porompat in Imphal East since Thursday (April 15, 2021).
As a part of the protest organised by the Manipur Panchayat Parishad, Porompat, Imphal East, the protesters locked down all the departments of DC, Imphal East, Porompat, Moirang Kunou Gram Panchayat pradhan Laishram Dhanashore said.
In September last year, the Centre had sanctioned MGNREGS funds, but the Manipur government has been failing to issue the sanctioned funds for job cards holders in the state for the last 16 months, Dhanashore said.
The Panchayat Parishad also demanded the state government to issue the second installment of the 15th Finance Commission award and sanction the honorarium of panchayat functionaries for the period October 2019 to March 2021.
Letters on the issue have been submitted to the authority concerned, he said, adding that the panchayat members of the Manipur Panchayat Parishad had earlier cautioned the government to issue the pending amounts by last Monday.
The agitations are being held since Thursday by holding sit-in-protests, demanding the same. He said the villagers and the job card holders have also started supporting the agitation of Manipur State Panchayat Parishad.
The state government should realise that it needs the people’s support. Continuing the agitations, the panchayat members will lock down various government departments, the pradhan added.