R LESTER MAKANG UKHRUL, 13th May:
Almost three weeks after its inauguration last month, the new women's market complex in Ukhrul town is still remaining inoperative without a name and all eyes are on the state government to make its final announcement so as to make it operational. But, far from it, apparently the state authorities are currently reeling under the conundrum of deciding the fool-proof mechanism of who controls the new facility.
While the Autonomous District Council Ukhrul has claimed that it has the constitutional sanction to take care of the new women's market facility, there are also speculation that the district administration could be its keeper, adding to the public confusion.
All this while, the state government is keeping mum on the matter or is allegedly delaying announcement of the custodian of the new market complex for reasons best known to itself. And this is apparently prompting different parties to pursue the official clearance for its custody, thereby creating unnecessary chaos and confusion, besides fuelling mixed speculations over the matter.
"As of now, the state government has not named anyone to be the custodian. But may be the government is doing this very shortly," ADC chairman K Dickson told The People's Chronicle at his office chamber Saturday, while adding that the new market facility is currently undergoing finishing touches on a war footing.
Stating that a similar newly constructed market facility in Churachandpur town has been handed over to the district ADC by the state government, he exuded optimism that the same system of administration would be extended to Ukhrul district.
"We have clearly conveyed this to chief minister N Biren Singh during our meeting. We hope he will understand our concerns and responsibilities as the ADC concerned of the district, by doing the needful to pass on to us the custody of the new facility," Dickson asserted.
Commenting on the reported public confusion over the mode of slot allotment, the chairman categorically stated that as per regulations, all the genuine vendors who deserve vending space at the new market complex need to get themselves registered with the Small Town Committee under ADC Ukhrul.
"Stringent steps will be taken up to monitor the allotment process to ward off bogus claims/applicants so that only deserving vendors are accommodated," Dickson informed and urged all the vendors to get registered at once and not to worry about losing out on the benefits of the new facility.
He said that there are around 200 women vendors and every one of them could be easily accommodated. So there is no need for apprehension, he added.
The newly constructed market complex at Phungreitang bazaar in the heart of the town was inaugurated by CM N Biren Singh on April 24 in the presence of a host of ministers, MLAs, Ukhrul ADC, women vendors and public of the district.