HAC recommends placing village recognition under ST/SC & Hill dept

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IMPHAL, July 15: A recent meeting of the Hill Areas Committee resolved to placed all matters relating to recognition of all hill villages under the purview of the Department of Development of ST/SC and Hills, in business of the government of Manipur (allocation) Rules, 2009, in accordance with the Manipur Hills Ppeoples’ (administration) Regulation 1974.
According to an official, the resolution was finalized after due responses and official compliment from the state government meeting of the committee on June 28 which was attended by legislators from the hill districts and the chief secretary as administrative representative of the state government.
The meeting discussed the present system of the giving recognition to new villages in the hill areas of Manipur, and the committee reportedly learnt from the explanation of the chief secretary that some official orders were issued recognising some new villages in the hill areas by the hill department recently but were later cancelled though an order of the state government.
The MLAs present at the said meeting also further explained that under the Manipur Hills Peoples’ (Administration) Regulation 1974 the hill administration, particularly the un-surveyed hill land and revenue especially hill house tax collection, is under the hill department and as such recognition of new villages in the hill districts in the Hill areas falls purely under the perview of the Hill department.
The source further mentioned that all the members attending the meeting studied needful observations given by the various comments from both state officials and from the members during the meeting and finally observed that the Manipur of Hill People (Administration) Regulation of 1974 should be effectively enforced. When some members of the committee raised question why the order of the recognition of new villages in the hill districts issued by the hill department were cancelled, chief secretary DS Poonia explained the stand of the state government that the enlistment in the Business of the Manipur Government (Allocation) Rules, 2009, for recognition of all hill villages under the Revenue department is only a matter of procedure.
Finally, committee meeting, after threadbare discussion on the matter, resolved that all the matters relating to recognition of all Hill villages be placed under the purview of the department of ST/ST and Hills, in the business of the government of Manipur (Allocation) Rules, 2009, in accordance with the Manipur Hill Peoples (Administration) Regulation 1974. The committee further resolved that the government of Manipur is responsible to act on it timely and to intimate the action taken on the matter to the committee, the official source added.
In the meantime, the official resolution of the HAC meeting was officially circulated recently by the chairman of the HAC, Thangminlein Kipgen the official source added.

KCP (MTF) held in Assam
IMPHAL, July 15 (NNN): A “commander” of Kangleipak Communist Party (MTF) was apprehended along with a woman cadre by Assam Police on Saturday night, said a police source here.
The apprehended Imphal East district “commander” of KCP (MTF) has been identified as Thokchom Inaocha Meitei aka Ibungo aka Rahul from Pundongbam Laimanak in Imphal East district while the woman cadre who was arrested with him has been identified as Pundongbam Bandana Chanu, d/o Lemba of Pungdongbam.
They have been arrested by Assam Police from Julubari in Assam after gathering reliable intelligence input, the source said.
Two pen drives, two driving licenses, five memory cards, three mobile handsets, five sim cards, one SBI ATM card, a school certificate and six thousand rupees in cash were seized from them.

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