IMPHAL August 28: Convener of the Jiribam District Demand Committee, M Maipaksana said that the Chief Minister has invited the representatives of the committee for addressing the district demand tomorrow evening at his bungalow.
“We are hopeful that the C M will give us a positive response”, he told reporters at a press conference held a Manipur Press Club today.
He further said that a cabinet decision on August, 2006 had agreed to pass demand of awarding a full fledged district status for Jiribam. The proposal was subsequently sent to the Delimitation Commission of India in September, 2006. The Commission had also approved the proposal, but there was no positive follow up since the last 4/5 years, he said.
The initiative taken by the Committee to impose a road blockade along the National Highway 53 from August 14 to August 30 was differed as minister Ranjit and MLA Bijoy Koijam had assured the committee members that their demand would be addressed by the state government at the soonest.
In the regard a response was forwarded by the Chief Minister to the committee for talks, “An eleven member team of the committee will meet him tomorrow”, he added.
He mentioned that there is no confusion of land boundaries between Jiribam and Tamenglong district. Earlier there was a claim from the Zeliangrong Baudi, Zelaingrong Union, Rongmei Naga Council that some areas of Tamenglong had been demarcated as belonging to Jiribam sub division. The matter has been looked into by the committee. “Tatbung village,Phaitol village shares close proximity with Jiribam and land records are also with Jiribam ADC, but the case is clear cut and there is no confusion, the villagers have been compensated for the Jiribam Tupul railhead by the Tamenglong DC only and others development schemes for the areas are given by the same, there is no issue of land encroachment ”, he said.
The convener mentioned that agitation will resume if the demand for Jiribam district is not met.