IMPHAL: The Zeliangrong Civil Organizations which composed of the Zeliangrong Baudi, Zeliangrong Youths’ Front, Zeliangrong Students’ Union and Zeliangrong Pui Baudi has urged the State government to select the site of Tribal Women’s Freedom Fighters Museum in Zeliangrong inhabited areas since the construction of Tribal Freedom Fighter Museums across India is an ambitious program envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pay tribute to the members of tribal communities who play a major role in nation’s freedom struggle and disseminate the information far and wide.
Briefing to media person President of Zeliangrong Baudi, Athuan Abonmai expressed that it is a matter of great pride and joy to learn the announcement of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech delivered in the year 2016 that the country will honor the contribution and sacrifice of tribal people rendered in India’s freedom movement by construction of museum in the name of prominent tribal women’s freedom fighters of India.
The Central government had selected Manipur as one of the States of the country for construction of the Tribal Women’s Freedom Fighters Museum. But, it is a matter of great dismay that the Govt of Manipur is unable to take up the work till date due to manipulation, flouting guidelines and misleading the issue resorted by the bureaucrats thereby leading to inordinate delayed of construction of the said museum which is an insult to the Prime Minister of India ambitious programme and also to the selfless contribution rendered by the renowned freedom fighter of India Padmashree awardee Rani Gaidinliu, veteran freedom fighter of India, Abonmai stated.
Further, he said that the Zeliangrong Civil Organizations (ZCOS) have been urging the Central government as well as the State government to construct the said museum in Zeliangrong areas considering the contribution and selfless service rendered by Rani Gaidinliu, and on the reason of Rani Maa being the sole prominent woman freedom fighter of the great country in the entire North East India.
The ZCOS team met Jual Oram , then Union Minister of Tribal Affairs of India and submitted a memorandum, met Najma Haptullah, the Governor of Manipur and submitted a memorandum, submitted a memorandum to Arjun Munda, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs of India, met Vungzagin Valte, the Minister, Tribal Affairs and Hills of Manipur and submitted a memorandum. The ZCOs team also met the chief minister and discussed the matter in the earlier occasions. Having not seen any effective and concrete step being taken up by the State government the ZCOS submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister of India regarding the matter. The Union Minister of Tribal Affairs of India Arjun Munda had reportedly written a letter bearing DO. No.15025/04/2018-TRI in the month of November, 2020 to Chief Minister of Manipur to intervene into the matter.
He added that the ZCOS have complete confidence that the wisdom of the state’s chief minister will surely prevail over the bureaucrat’s efforts that have been resorted to administrative manipulation and flouting guidelines by taking a right and appropriate decision to construct the said museum in Zeliangrong areas so as to deliver justice.