Imphal, Aug 22
‘Ekta Parishad’ Manipur, demanded the government to provide ‘Patta’ ’legal entitlement’ for the landless & shelter-less poor families living without any Patta residing at the valley areas of Manipur.
Speaking to media persons in a press meet held today at Manipur Press Club, the ‘Ekta Parishad’ Manipur Project Cordinator, Haobijam Surjit stated that around 70% of the household doesn’t have any legal (land) entitlement, according to 2011 Socio-Economic Census and out of which 40% is population without patta and lies in the valley areas.
He further said that as they didn’t have the pattas, the people can’t avail the government schemes and also the students can’t obtain the OBC certificates due to lack of land document or patta.
And according to the Parishad Survey, 3 district of Manipur, namely rural areas of Bishnupur, Imphal East & West District, around 3000 plus household doesn’t have land patta though they possessed land, he added.
Surjit continued that the landless poor deserved to have homestead land, decent houses under Right to life, (Right to Shelter) Article 21 of Indian Constitution,
Surjit further stressed that since 2017 November rallies were also staged and also the Parishad had sent letters & reminder to Manipur CM, Guv, state Revenue Minister & secretary, and all the concern DCs.
The Parishad then filed a PIL to High Court of Manipur, wherein the Court in its directive on 19th August to expedite the concern authority to resolve the issue, Surjit stated.
Surjit urged the government to take their issue seriously and to discuss and take decision in the assembly session for the poor peoples of the land.
He said that until the poorer section is uplifted crimes in the state will never decline and added to give patta to the patta less people for an egalitarian society.
Surjit warned that if Government fails to heed the calls of this homeless people, then a strong but democratic movement may arise by the homeless people from District to state level which can make the state government a big headache. So Surjit asked the state government to expedite the legal entitlement process.
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