DC vows to accelerate development in Tengnoupal dist

SUKHAM NANDA SINGH TENGNOUPAL, 27th Oct: Regardless of admitting that the state government has not been able to give necessary thrust to infrastructure development and ensure adequate manpower even after 10 months of upgrading Tengnoupal into a full-fledged district, deputy commissioner Raghumani Singh has pledged to contribute his mite towards accelerating development of the new district.

Owing to inadequacies in requisite infrastructure and manpower, the district administration is facing an uphill task in living up to the people’s expectation for speedy execution of development programmes, the DC told a media team that went to the district under the rural reporting programme of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU).

Though absence of infrastructure and manpower has been hindering smooth administration, on the developmental front or maintenance of law and order, district level officials have been discharging their assigned task enthusiastically.

While disclosing that owing to lack of accommodation arrangement almost all the offices are being run from office-cum-residential facility, Raghumani expressed confidence that the state government will depute officials/personnel in adequate strength for proper administration in the district.

He further mentioned that in-spite of existence of offices of SDO, ZEO and Executive Engineer (PWD) at the district headquarters, execution of developmental programme remains far from being satisfactory on account of different issues, including absence of proper banking system in the district so far.

The DC, however, pointed out that the three sub-divisions namely Tengnoupal, Moreh and Machi in the new district are bereft of proper offices for SDO and police stations thereby making the border areas highly vulnerable to occurrences of unwanted incidents.

Noting that Tengnoupal district has tremendous potential for speedy development considering the Government of India’s emphasis to reap the fruit of ‘Act East Policy’ with Moreh town as the corridor of trade exchanges with the south-east Asian countries, Raghumani stressed the need for expediting infrastructure development works in Tengnoupal district, especially in Moreh.

Once the projects being taken up in Moreh town are completed, the sub-division will become one of the model towns and this dream will probably be visible within three years, he added.

On account of vast stretches of Tengnoupal district lying close to the international border with Myanmar, which makes the district a sensitive zone in terms of law and order situation the need for strengthening the district police force cannot be ignored, he maintained, adding that presence of security personnel in adequate strength is inevitable to check infiltration of rebels, smuggling of drugs and other illegal activities.

In view of such needs, the district administration has submitted proposals to the state government for providing modern equipment and weaponry to the police personnel stationed in the district, the DC confided.

It is informed that Tengnoupal district currently has only 300 police personnel under the command of superintendent of police Dr S Ibomcha Singh, though the Assam Rifles have been assisting the district administration in checking unwanted incidents. Due to sincere and dedicated service being rendered by the available security personnel there has been no major insurgency-related violence or other anti-social activities in district, he added. It may be mentioned that Tengnoupal district was created by the then Congress government after bifurcation from Chandel district on December 9, 2016.

In the meantime, representatives of Moreh-based Meitei Council Moreh, Hill Tribal Council, Tamil Sangam, Gorkha Samaj Seva Committee, All Community Development Association and Meitei Muslim Council submitted memorandum to DC Raghumani Singh on Thursday highlighting various shortcomings in the new district. The memorandum submitted during an interaction programme, which was also attended by SP Dr S Ibomcha Singh at Police IB Moreh, proposed repairing of roads in Moreh town, ensuring proper health care facilities, water supply, street lightings and increasing strength of police personnel in the sensitive border town.

The DC as well as the SP assured to do the needful from their side in addition to conveying aspiration of the community leaders to the state government for necessary actions.

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