IMPHAL: Firebrand opposition leader Khumukcham Joykishan on Wednesday alleged the Manipur Police of supporting the members of Peace Development and Coordinating Committee (PDCC), Khundrakpam during the total shut down of Imphal-Saikul road over controversy regarding construction of Yaumnam Patlou Bridge.
Replying to the query of the Congress MLA, Chief Minister N Biren who also holds Home Portfolio said that road blockade as a protest is not permissible and legal action will be initiated against the protestors under various sections of law like IPC, NH act, Criminal law (Amenmdent) act etc. During the year 2019-20, as many as 10 cases have been registered in the state against such protestors who use road blockade as a tool of protest, said the CM.
Having heard the reply of the CM, MLA Joykishan Joykishan said that during the protest against the death of Babysana, police dispersed the protestors by firing mock bombs, tear gas shells and even the members of JAC were jailed in connection with the protest. However, in a recent bandh along the Imphal-Saikul road by one organization called PDCC, police blatantly supported the bandh supporters and did not use force to disperse the protestors, Joykishan said and questioned as to how the law enforcing agency police supported the protestors.
Chief Minister replied that he had not received any report about police supporting the bandh supporters. Police must have diverted the protestors on roadside to allow them carry on their democratic protest and give free passage to the passersby. Government will look into the matter and take action against the erring cops if they are found guilty, assured the CM.
Replying to a query raised by MLA O Surajkumar pertaining to the various development projects taken up under Act East policy since 2014, Chief Minister said that various development projects have been taken up by both the state and central government since 2014 for effective operationalization of the AEP. On January 4, 2019, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated the ICP Moreh which is now fully operational.
Union Govt of Myanmar & Govt of India agreed to open 9 (nine) Border Haats along the border within a distance of 1640 Km to facilitates free exchange of locally available commodities and services, of which, 2 (two) Border Haats included in the list from Manipur are Khin Man Behiang (Churachandpur District) and Khampat New Somtal (Chandel District). In addition, 2 (two) new Border Haats are proposed to be opened at Ukhrul District namely Hume Thana (Konkanthana), at Kamjong District & New Tusom, at Ukhrul District in Manipur by State Govt.
Manipur Trade & Expo Centre at Lamboi ,Khongnangkhong, Imphal hosted Sangai Festival every November to showcase and promote trade of state product at international and national level.
Construction of “Diversion road at Moreh from Gate No. 1 through [GP to Lalkaibeng” by M /s National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) had taken up to relieve present and future congestion of traffic on EPC mode.
Industrial Estates were constricted at seven districts. Construction of 69 Bridges including approach road from Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa road section from 0.00 to 149.70 of Trilateral Highways in Myanmar on EPC mode started on 29.11.2017 and scheduled for completion by 23.11.2020, stalled due to Court Case in WP(C) No. 1219 of 2018.
Agreement on Land Border Crossing with, Myanmar signed and Myanmar delegation led by the Permanent Secretary of Myanmar, Ministry of Labour, Migration and Population crossed over to Indian side at Moreh on 8th August 2018 to mark the symbolical commencement of movement of people across the two countries were received by a team from the State Govt led by Addl Chief Secretary (Forest & Env).
Major business summits and workshops had been conducted both in Myanmar and India.
MoU was signed on 14th February, 2020 between Shwe Mandalay, Express Company Limited, Yangoon and M/s Seven Sisters Holiday, Imphal for commencement of bus service between two countries within 3 month. It will be operated on a weekly basis by a 27 seater AC coach.
Friendly Women Football Exhibition Match between Myanmar and India (Manipur) to promote Cultural Exchange Programme to promote tie and friendly relation between Myanmar and India launched in 2017 and still continuing.
Passenger Chartered Mandalay – lmphal -Mandalay Flight Service by M/s AIR KBZ Ltd., Myanmar was launched on 23rd November, 2019. The chartered flight service permission was only for a limited duration of up to 7th December, 2019. Ministry of Civil Aviation has included Imphal-Mandalay Sector under the International UDAN Scheme. Process of selection of operator for the sector through Bidding likely to be finalized b. March, 2020, added the CM.