Thoubal, June 24,
Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Committee (WBCC) Manipur while condemning the intervention by MLA of Khangabok Assembly Constituency to the effort to protect the environment of the state by staffs of Forest department today appeal government authority to seize the machineries – an excavator (JCB) and a truck which was reported to have been taken away from the custody of the Forest department staffs.
Soon after Imphal Times reported about the intervention of MLA Okram Surjakumar of Khangabok Assembly constituency to the action of the Forest department staffs, the MLA had clarified that in a hurriedly convened press meet that he never use force and snatch those machineries from the Forest Staff. He however stated that as the machineries were hired one and use for public purpose he only requested to leave them alone. The earth soil being collected was to dump at river embankment to protect the people from flood.
The statement by the WBCC expressed strong seriousness to the act of the MLA saying that such illegal things happen at a time when MLAs, Ministers and many organization are planting trees to face the climate change that we the people are facing. The organization appealed to seize the machineries taken away by the MLA at the earliest possible time.
Reacting to the clarification by the MLA, WBCC said that the way the MLA clarified shows that the MLA, Zilla Parishad and Pradhan have no respect to the ruling of the Manipur High Court. However the WBCC expressed gratitude to the MLA for their service of filling the river embankment but appealed them to take the earth soil from some place where forest areas are not destroyed.
Rabi Takhellambam, a resident of Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai, ThoubaI District has been in the field of Journalism for more than 10 years. Rabi, is well known for his reporting from Thoubal side and Indo-Myanmar border. Rabi is also a member of All Manipur Working Journalist Union, the parent body of Journalist Union in Manipur. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]