Imphal: Collective of Civil Society Organisations (CCSO) comprising eight civil voluntary organisations from the Ssate met Union minister of DoNER G. Kishan Reddy at Delhi on October Wednesday and apprised him of the different issues prevailing in Manipur.
The CCSO comprising of representatives from International Peace and Social Advancement, All Club Organisation, Association and Meira Paibi Lup, People’s Action for National Development Movement, Indigenous People’s Association of Kangleipak, Chanura Lamchinglen Kangleipak, KANGLAMEI, Kanglei Ima Lup and Kangleipak Students Association also submitted a representation to the Prime Minister of India through the DoNER minister, CCSO said on Thursday in press release.
The representatives of the CCSO requested the minister to take the initiative along with minister of state, external Affairs RK Ranjan to raise the prevailing Indo- Myanmar boundary issue to the Prime Minister and the home minister so that the boundary of the country remains unaffected, it said.
They requested the minister to take up necessary steps to groom the youths in Manipur for opportunities arising out of the new developments and job avenues from the Act East Policy.
The minister was also requested to make sure that any policy programmes should be taken up with a far sighted vision to unite people from hills and valleys in Manipur rather than disintegrating the two, it added.
Regarding the Manipur (Hill Areas) ADC Bill 2021, the representatives also apprised the minister regarding the need of amending the bill in consultation with all the stakeholders
They also apprised the minister regarding the improper irrigation facilities in the state in which he replied that he will take the initiatives to set up a meeting of the CCSO representatives along with the Union minister of water resources.
The minister informed the CCSO representatives that he will be visiting Manipur in November and that all the issues raised in the meeting will also be discussed again.
The representatives also apprised the minister regarding the importance of setting up a VISA centre at Imphal along with the existing passport office since present VISA’s at present have to be acquired at Kolkatta.
The Union minister assured the representatives that he will look into the demands and issues raised during the meeting.