Imphal, Jan 4
The feelings of alienation among the villagers of Tungjoy, the border villager of Manipur neighbouring state Nagaland seem to have been flushed out as the state Government of Manipur under the Chief Minister of Manipur continues to win the heart of the villagers by asserting that the government is committed for the cause of the villagers. Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar, Education Minister Th. Radheshyam and PHEd Minister Losii Dikho today strengthened the trust of the Tungjoy Villagers which have been fearlessly guarding the territory of Manipur from intrusion by Villagers of Nagaland with spears , bow and now single bore rifles, by attending in the Tungjoy Glory Day.
Tungjoy Glory Day is annual two-day festival of Tungjoi village of Senapati district. The festival has been celebrating since 1970 with the main objective of promoting their indigenous art and culture as well as games and sports.
Taking advantage of the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar, Tungjoi village Authority submitted a memorandum urging the Government of Manipur for immediate construction of an approach road till Khezhakeno Village near Nagaland border to protect the present disputed land between Nagaland and those of Manipur.
The memorandum submitted urged the government for immediate construction of a nearly 3 Km stretch road from any available fund of the government of Manipur at the earliest possible time.
There has been a long standing conflict between Tungjoy village, Manipur and Khezhakeno village, Phek district, Nagaland on dispute over a land that the Villagers of Tungjoy claimed that a monolith which they had erected at their village was dismantled by villagers of Khezhakeno. Tension still runs high among the two villages as government of both Nagaland and Manipur are yet to solve the issue.
The memorandum said that there is an aged old boundary dispute between Tungjoy Village, Senapati district, Manipur and Khezhakeno Village , Phek district, Nagaland since 19th century and the same case still remain unsettled. In order to protect the land and the people of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland carried out so many developmental works in the disputed land such as construction of an NAP Camp, an Extra- Assistant Commissioner office, one Forest Beat Office, One Border Magistrate Office, black topping of roads etc. However no such preventive steps have been taken up by the Government of Manipur.
The Tungjoy Villager also urged the Deputy Chief Minister to construct a Community Hall and upgradation of the Sub – Primary Health Centre to Primary Health Center.
Deputy Chief Minister while speaking on the occasion assured to convey the message to the state cabinet and to the Ministers concerned who happened to be from his political party.
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