A Central team comprising officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs and Surveyor of India will arrive in Manipur on July 24 for a spot verification of work at border pillar No 81 located near Kwatha Khunou, a small village located along the Manipur sector of Indo-Myanmar international boundary in Tengnoupal district.
This was informed by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh in reply to a question raised by opposition MLA K Meghachandra Singh of Wangkem constituency during a call attention motion on the reported dispute regarding Indo-Myanmar Border Pillar No 81.
The call attention motion was raised on the concluding day of the monsoon session of Manipur Assembly in Imphal on Monday.
Biren also informed that there is no new border pillar No 81 erection and that there is no shifting of the border billar. The recent issue is over the subsidiary pillar between the main border pillar No 80 and 81. “As the people have apprehension regarding the alleged shifting of the position of the border pillar, the State Government has urged the Central Government for resurvey/ re-demarcation of the border area,” said the CM.
The Chief Minister appealed to all concerned including all political parties, civil society organisations, stakeholders, local people near border pillar 81 to stand united and extend co-operation in solving the alleged dispute over the border pillar issue in Manipur.
In another calling attention motion moved by opposition Congress MLAs, K Govindas (Bishnupur) and K Ranjit Singh (Sugnu) on the reported agitation regarding the demand for removal of the present Vice-Chancellor, Manipur University Prof AP Pandey.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh informed the House that the Government is concerned over the matter and would try hard for justice. Since Human Resource Development Ministry has already constituted an inquiry committee led by a retired Chief Justice of a High Court, the Leader of the House appealed for the inquiry committee to start its work.
During the inquiry period, the Government will find a means to resume normal functioning of the University. He further stated that even after the conclusion of the Assembly session on Monday, the Government will be meeting with the agitators.
The State CM requested all to refrain from publishing and spreading baseless news. Taking part in the discussion, Education Minister Th Radheshyam Singh said for the future of students’ community sought cooperation from all concerned stakeholders to support the inquiry committee.
Meanwhile, many students demanding immediate end to the ongoing crisis in Manipur sustained injury during police action when the students tried to move towards the Assembly complex by confronting the police barricades at various junctions leading to Assembly defying the curfew imposed the district administrations in the radius of 500 metres around the Assembly complex.