Pothashang News Service: Imphal, April 10, 2018: Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and CAF and PD and revenue minister Karam Shyam has appealed the All Manipur Muslim Organisation Co-ordinating Committee (AMMOCOC) to refrain from building communalism in the state.
The chief minister in connection with the 32 hours general strike imposed by AMMOCOC since 6 am today appealed the organisation to refrain from playing communal politics over the eviction of houses residing illegally in various areas of the state, while talking to the reporters on the sideline of the Hill Leader’s Day at his secretariat.
Biren said that everybody should abide the Rule of Law and no one including the government is above Rule of Law. He maintained that under the Rule of Law, the government has the right to conduct eviction drives against those encroachers whether they belong to any communities who are living illegally on State’s land. No construction would be allowed in the agricultural land under the Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, he added.
Minister Karam Shyam, during a press conference held today at the office chamber, strongly appealed the public that the government strictly abides by the laws and Acts of the land and has no intention to create communalism or differences amongst different religious groups regarding revenue matter.
Drawing attention to the current general strike the minister appealed to those concerned to call off the strike in public interest and not resort to anything that will affect the integrity of the state.
The government seeks co-operation of the public to support their ongoing activities relating to the implementation of the Manipur Conservation of Paddyland & Wetland Act 2014 and steps relating to revenue matter are strictly according to the laws and has no intention for inciting communalism or violence, Shyam assured.
As per government reports, around 75 houses of about 350-400 villagers were built at the Kobithabi Nongmaijing Ching reserved forests area. Under the DFO, Central Forest Division of Manipur Forest Rule, 1971, a show cause notice was served on March 1 to the encroachers to give clarification on the above construction within March 14, Shyam stated.
On finding out that except Saajal Academy Group, none of the encroachers has served the notice, an eviction order was issued to them on March 17, mentioning that the illegal encroachers should vacate the reserved forests area within March 24, he said.
The state has proposal for constructing a quarterfor ministers, MLAs and other officials as direct purchase under the Manipur Conservation of Paddyland and Wetland Act 2014, he said. The area comprises fields and paddyland of around 53 acres belonging to Meitei- Kairang, Chingmeirong-Nongpok and Kontha- Ahallup villages occupied by different communities, he added.
The minister clarified that the government is taking up the policies and programmes in public interest and has no bias against any religious community specially the Muslim community who felt they are victimised with respect to the government’s construction plan in the Kontha Ahallup that is presently occupied by different communities.