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Governor lends an ear to grievances of Moreh people


On the second day of her visit, Anusuiya Uikey inspected the India-Myanmar border fencing in Moreh along the Border Pillar No 78 and 79

TFM Moreh Correspondent

Governor of Manipur Miss Anusuiya Uikey has made a two-day visit to India-Myanmar border town Moreh. She reached 5 AR Battalion HQ in Moreh by road around 1.30 pm on Tuesday. It was her maiden visit to the border town as the Governor.

On the first day of her visit, the Governor held a public interaction at Integrated Check Post (ICP) Moreh and heard grievances and issues raised by leaders of various civil bodies. She promised to raise the matter to the Prime Minister directly and extend all possible help for the welfare of the people in the town.

Ahead of the interaction programme, the governor was accorded a warm welcome by TA/Hills minister Letpao Haokip & other Officials at Integrated Check Post,Moreh (ICP). The Interaction programme was attended by community Leaders of Meetei Council Moreh(MCM), Hill Tribal Council(HTC), All Community Development Organisation(ACODOM), Border Trade & Chambers of Commerce(BTCC), Manipuri Muslim Council Moreh(MMCM), Tamil Sangam, Kuki Chiefs Assn(KCA), Maring Uparup & KSO. District Level Officials, including the DC, the SP Tengnoupal took part in the programme. Community leaders also offered lengyanfi (scarf) to the visiting Governor.

DC Tengnoupal Ranjan Yumnam (IAS) gave the welcome address and highlighted various development programmes and welfare schemes being taken up in the district by various Departments.

Speaking at the interaction programme, BTCC & Tamil Sangam president V Shekhar drew the attention of the governor to hardships being faced by Moreh people due to the sealing of the border and restriction on border trade. He urged the governor to expedite dialogue with Myanmar to resume the border trade.

ACODOM president Th Budha requested the governor to set up one central government-sponsored residential school in the Tengnoupal district. “Presently, there is only one residential school in the Tengnoupal district, that too, only for the ST community. It will be a great pleasure if the government set up another residential school that can accommodate all the AAY/BPL/EWS families belonging to all communities residing in the Tengnoupal district. residing in the Tengnoupal district,” he said.

BTCC secretary Surinder Singh Patheja. BTCC pointed out that due to Global Pandemic Called COVID 19, the government of India sealed the International Border. Though it has lifted the restriction on Indo-Bangladesh, Indo-Nepal, Indo-Myanmar border remained sealed due to political impasse in the neibouring country, he said. Stating that border trade along Thai-Myanmar and China- Myanmar borders have resumed, he urged the governor to find a room to dialogue with the Myanmarese counterparts at the earliest to open the trade.

HTC president Victor Limthang Touthang said that pretty trade and micro business are the only available means to earn livelihood as there is no industry or factory or cultivable land in Moreh and its surroundings.  The general public are facing tremendous hardships due to various restrictions on border trade.

The HTC president also urged the governor to re-open Aadhaar Enrollment Centre at Moreh at the earliest.

Speaking at the programme, TA & Hill minister Letpao Haokip said there have been many issues pertaining to livelihood in the town, due to the current situation in Myanmar, leading to stoppage of all business activities and consequently many more problems as business is the sole means of livelihood for most people in the town.

Later, she visited Iron Bridge (Lokchao) and Shree Angala Parameshwari Shree Muneeshwrar Temple Moreh Ward No 2.

On her second day of the visit, Anusuiya Uikey inspected the India-Myanmar border fencing in Moreh along the Border Pillar No 78 and 79.

Uikey visited the 5th Assam Rifles Forward Post at Chavangphai where she was briefed by the officials of Border Roads Task Force (BRTF) about the progress of the on-going fencing works along the border.

Officials informed the governor that the on-going fencing works along the border will be completed by the first week of May this year. She also interacted with the engineers and workers of BRTF and thanked them for their relentless efforts to complete the fencing work.

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