Decentralize power to bridge emotional gap: MLA Leishiyo

IMPHAL, 6th Sep: Ridiculing people in power shouting for integrity of the state, Phungyar assembly constituency MLA K Leishiyo has called for putting an end to concentration of power in the state capital and decentralize government machineries and important departments in far flung areas so as to bring emotional integrity in the state.
The MLA said this during a programme held at Khoripok Lungtoram village community hall under Kasom Khullen sub-division on Saturday. The programme was held in connection with construction of Kasom Khullen Lamkhai to Tengnoupal stretch of road along the 202 km long Shangshak-Tengnoupal National Highway 102-A.
It may be mentioned here that construction work of NH 102-A was initiated in three tiers under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MORTH). While the first two tiers of the work have been completed, the last section of the road connecting Shangshak-Tengnoupal began on Saturday.
Pointing out that the highway is an important road connecting Imphal-Moreh and Imphal- Ukhrul, the MLA observed that road has the potential of bringing emotional integrity in the state as people of diverse caste, creed and communities would be able to access the road after its completion.
Pointing out that Kamjong district and Chandel district are twin districts lying adjacent to each other with a river flowing in between them; Leishiyo said that people of both districts have been carrying out fishing activities in the river at a common spot called Taretlok.
However, in case of attending a wedding ceremony between the two districts, people have to go via Imphal, since there is no road connectivity between the two despite lying so close to each other, he pointed out while adding that it takes two days for the villagers to travel from one district to another via the state capital.
Holding the government 'policy' accountable for disparity in bringing equal development in the state, Leishiyo decried the concentration of government offices and machineries in the state capital.
While mooting for bringing a change via decentralization of administration, Leishiyo proposed for having two capitals of the state for summer and winter seasons so that equal attention is given to both the hills and valley. He even suggested for considering Ukhrul as the summer capital of the state.
Decrying the deplorable conditions of government offices in hills and far flung areas of the state, Leishiyo appealed to the Chief Minister for exercising his power and direct officials to dispense their duties properly so as to bring administrative efficiency.
Ridiculing people who are sloganeering for protecting the integrity of the state, he asserted that before shouting in media for integrity, they should think whether the people in hills are satisfied with the existing system of administration or not.
Justifying his claim for making Ukhrul as the summer capital of the state, Leishiyo said that mere observation of one-day Shirui Lily festival would not bring emotional integrity, rather a holistic policy for equal development is the need of the hour, he pointed out.
Among others the programme was attended by NPF Manipur State Unit former president Morung Makunga; ADC member Thotasheng Shanglai; PWD officials and village chiefs.

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