IMPHAL, Oct 14 : High-lighting hardships faced by the teaching and learning community as a consequence of the ongoing economic blockade a large number of students and teaching staff members took out a rally today demanding immediate of the Government on the demand for upgrading Sadar Hills to a full-fledged district.
The rally organised by Sadar hills Private Schools Association began from Thomas Ground, Kangpokpi and covered IT Road, kangpokpi Bazar via Kangpokpi IB and culminated at the official residence of Additional Deputy Commissioner.
As the ADC was out of station, president of Kangpokpi Private Schools Association Pagin Kipgen handed over a memorandum to the Sub-Deputy Collector for submission to the chief Minister.
prior to handing over of the memorandum, Pagin Kipgen interacting with staff members of the ADC and the student participants presented a detailed account with regard to impact of the economic blockade upon daily wage earners and its consequent affect on academic matters.
While expressing that students do not wish to be drawn into political issues the prevailing situation is however compelling the student community to air their grievances as disturbances caused to normal academic activities cannot be addressed by remaining silent, he said.
Further stating that inspite of opposition from certain section of the society to the demand spearheaded by Sadar hill Districthood Demand Committee the Government of Manipur had termed the same as genuine and valid, he noted adding that according district status to Sadar Hills is for administrative convenience and development.
Ridiculing denial of the demand for nearly four decades despite the Government conceding that it is justifiable, Pagin cited past instances of land acquisition by the Government for road widening and other development works inspite of resistance from the land owners to drive home the point that if willing the demand for granting district status to Sadar hills is within the legal ambit of the Government.
At the rally banners inscribed with the slogans ‘We want Sadar hills district’, Don’t be stubborn O Ibobi’, ‘Inaugurate Sadar Hills district’, etc were held by the participants.
Source: The Sangai Express