Bodies oppose delimitation on ‘wrong’ census
IMPHAL, 7th Jun: Drawing attention of government to stop delimitation process of Manipur for a while, Leihou Khunai Kanba Luptin (LLKL) has cautioned that continuing delimitation process of the state would be akin to inviting the public to launch a mass movement.
In a release, LLKL secretary mass media Kshetrimayum Romesh informed that the delimitation process for some states including Manipur was put on hold due to certain lapses in documentation and procedures. However, the incumbent President of India issued a gazette notification to conduct delimitation for the remaining states followed by appointment of five MLAs and two MPs as members of the delimitation committee.
Highlighting their disapproval to conduct delimitation in the state, Romesh asserted that it is based on the wrong data of 2001 census and pointed out that there was minuscule rise of 15-20 per cent population in the densely populated Imphal East and Imphal West districts while certain sparsely populated hill areas had an upsurge of 41-169 per cent of the population in the said census.
On July 4 2003 Manipur government had taken a cabinet decision and ordered conduct of re-verification of the 2001 census report for some Hill Sub-division and also a committee was formed to investigate it. The report of the committee has disclosed that the increase in population in some of the hill areas is abnormal, Romesh informed.
He urged the government to conduct delimitation based on Aadhaar linked census report if the government felt the need to conduct delimitation of Manipur immediately. There is a huge difference between the number of Aadhaar card holders and 2001 census data, Romesh asserted while cautioning that delimitation based on the wrong census data could not be accepted.
While informing that outer Manipur constituency is reserved for schedule tribe, Romesh said that other communities other than tribal in valley areas but under outer Manipur constituency including Thoubal, Khangabok, Hiyanglam and could not contest election for Outer MP. Such act is not a right of citizen given by a country who claimed as the world’s largest democracy, he contended and observed that it is a policy of divide and rule aimed at destroying the healthy relationship between the hills and the valley.
Romesh warned the government that LKKL along with the people would initiate mass movement if the government tries to conduct delimitation amidst pandemic COVID-19 outbreak.
In another release, Kangleipak Women Welfare Association (KWWA) has vehemently opposed the delimitation process to be conducted based on wrong population data.
KWWA general secretary Subashini Irom alleged that the wrong population data was prepared due to political interest and instigation. Conducting delimitation based on wrong data and taking political advantage by dividing into sections and communities will hamper in the development of the land in future. The enemy of the land has been trying to divide the collective communities by giving some political and economic advantage, she added Subashini cautioned that the indigenous communities of the land will become extinct if all the communities fail to unite and understand each other. The geographical structure of the land testifies that the hills and the valley cannot be separated.
As the indigenes of the land are on the verge of extinction, there is a need to find out correct population data, Subashini asserted while adding that it is best for Manipur if tribal population truly increases in such manner.
Observing that the sudden upsurge of population in some subdivision of hill districts is impossible, she urged the government to find out the correct data and rectify it.