Govt’s stand on border pillar soon: K Shyam

IMPHAL, 11th July: Chairman of the high power committee set up by the government on border issue, minister Karam Shyam Wednesday said that the government will soon announce its stand over the issue of border pillar no. 81. The minister was inaugurating a playground, which was developed under the MLA local area development fund (2017-18), at Oinam Leikai on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Shyam informed that the high power committee had inspected border pillar no. 81, which is alleged to be erected 3 km inside state’s territory. Later, the committee held a meeting and submitted its report to the government on July 7. As such, the government will declare its stand over the issue within a couple of days, he said.

Regarding the inspection visit of the committee, the minister said that the trip was undertaken to ascertain if the pillar was newly erected or the same old one. As the villagers were claiming that the pillar was shifted there, he simply enquired if they have documentary evidence to back their claim. Unfortunately, it looked like he was scolding the villagers when the video clipping was shared on social media, he noted while adding that there is no reason for him to get angry against the border villagers.

Clarifying on his refusal to go to the actual site as claimed by the villagers, the revenue minister said that he declined the proposal because he was on a government sanctioned mission and going across the border without clearance could create unwanted problems between the two countries. It was unfortunate to project his refusal as unwillingness to stand for the territory of the state, he added.

The minister further said that the government as well as the committee welcome comments, suggestions and opinions from the public. However, it was unfortunate that some political parties politicised the issue to gain political mileage. In fact, his patriotism and feeling for the state would not be any lesser than any of the state’s native, he contended. Welcoming opinions from CSOs regarding the issue, he said that the government will apprise the situation to the Centre and act accordingly in the interest of the state and its people.


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