The alleged report about the lost of Manipur’s land in the ongoing border fencing work was today brought to the notice of the house in today’s state assembly session. Moving a calling attention motion MLA I Ibohalbi and MLA Kh Joykishan said that the reported matter about encroachment of land by Myanmar is a serious issue. Quoting media report, both the MLA said that before merger of the erstwhile kingdom to the Indian union the then king of Manipur and the people had been protecting the land but after the merger of Manipur to Indian union it is now the responsibility of the India government.
“Loss of Manipur territory is lost of India’s territory and the matter should be immediately responded by the Union government”, said MLA Joykishan.
Replying to the calling attention motion Chief Minister Okram Ibobi said that the matter was always taken seriously by the government of Manipur. He said that a political party delegation had already been sent along with the Survey of India team to find out if any wrongs are being taken place to the border fencing work. He however said that there are some cases at which some of the places of the state had to be encroached as the fencing construction need location appropriate for construction. In the same way portion of the territory inside Myanmar has also been encroached in the similar way.
Ibobi further said that a total of 99 border pillars are erected in Manipur’s territory along the Indo Myanmar border. Of these border pillar number 66, 76, 78, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93 and 94 are unsettled pillar and after a controversy spark to the construction of fencing work at Satang Village and Kwatha Village at border pillar no. 81 the government of India had asked the India government to stop the border fencing construction work in January 12, 2015.
Ibobi further said that it is the responsible of all the people as well as the political polities irrespective of their status – either ruling or opposition to go hand in hand in this matter. He said if necessary a delegation will apprised the issue to the concern Indian government authority.