IMPHAL, October 14: The Jiribam District Demand Committee (JDDC) has today submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister of India apprising him of the negligence of the state government towards the creation of full-fledged Jiribam district.
The memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister stated that Jiribam sub-division is situated far away from its District Head Quarter (Imphal East District) at a distance of 226 km and is separated from Imphal East District by Imphal West, Tamenglong and Senapati Districts.
A lot of administrative inconveniences arise at Jiribam sub-division which induces public grievances as it is a non contiguous part of Imphal East district.
The demand for full-fledged revenue district is a long cherished demand of the people of Jiribam. Various NGOs and students’ organizations have submitted a number of memoranda to the Government of Manipur in this regard.
The state government has become aware of the necessity of Jiribam to be a full fledged Revenue District and has also given assurance to the people of Jiribam that the government will upgrade Jiribam to be a full fledged Revenue District as and when the permission is granted by the Delimitation Commission of India. Accordingly, the Government of Manipur has made a proposal to the Delimitation Commission of India describing all the factors for the urgent need of it.
In response to the proposal, the Delimitation Commission of India has given permission to upgrade Jiribam to a full fledged Revenue District, it said.
Although the government of Manipur made frequent commitment to upgrade Jiribam to be full fledged Revenue District yet the government has not taken any step in this regard. Jiribam District Demand Committee has launched various types of democratic agitations for a long period of time.
Supporting the demand, one Khundrakpam Rajkumar Singh of Bidyanagar, Jiribam has started “fast unto death strike” since September 15, 2011.
He has been arrested and put into the jail. He is still continuing his hunger strike in the jail. Unfortunately there is no response from the Government of Manipur yet, the memorandum mentioned.