10 MLAs demand PM separate posts of chief secretary, DGP for Kuki-Zo inhabited districts

Imphal: Ten Manipur MLAs who has been pressing the Centre for a Seperate Administration for Kuki-Zo has demanded to create posts of chief secretary and DGP or its equivalent post for the five Hill districts of Churachandpur, Kangpokpi, Chandel, Tengnoupal and Pherzawl at Lamka Churachandpur.

The MLAs also demanded to sanction Rs 500 crores from PM’s Relief Fund.

Placing these demands the elected members of Manipur legislative Assembly submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

“After looting, destroying and burning of house, properties, churches and Kuki localities on the Imphal capital and villages, the Meiteis under the leadership of chief minister N. Biren Singh continue to wage war against the Kuki- Zo hill tribals by attacking villages in the hill districts almost every day, the 10 MLAs,” said in the memorandum.

“As the Imphal capital has become a valley of death and destruction for the Kuki-Zo people, no one dares to go back to Imphal, where important offices, including the state secretariat and other important government offices and institutions are located.”

The MLAs said there is a long list of human right violations, attacks, killings of innocent, arson, destruction of properties and burning of Kuki-Zo villages. No Kuki-Zo people can go to Imphal, nor government employees posted in Imphal capital and other valley districts can attend their offices. There seems to be no end because it is a state sponsored war against Kuki-Zo tribals.

It was mentioned in the memorandum that Biren threatened that he will declare war upon the Kuki-Zo people (Source 24th December 2022, Manipur My Government — YouTube Channel).

Even the IAS and MCS officers, and IPS and MPS officer belonging to the Kuki- Zo tribes have been unable to function and discharge their duties as Imphal valley has also become a valley of death for ‘us’, the MLAs said.

In order to solve the problems faced by the government employees belonging to the Kuki-Zo tribals and for efficient administration of the districts inhabited by Kuki-Zo, the post of chief secretary or its equivalent post and the post of DGP or equivalent post need to be immediately created. Besides, other key senior level posts in the civil and police department should also be created in Public interest, they demanded.

The MLAs appealed the Prime Minister to sanction Rs 500 crore from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for proper rehabilitation of the Zomi-Kuki people, who have been devastated by the riots and ‘systematic ethnic cleansing’.

The MLAs were Haokholet Kipgen, Letpao Haokip, L.M. Khaute, Nemcha Kipgen, Ngursanglur Sanate, Paolienlal Haokip, Chinlunthang, Letzamang Haokip, Kimneo Haokip Hangshing, and Vungzagin Valte.

A copy of the memorandum was also provided to Amit Shah, Union Home minister.

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