Visit by Manipur’s CM to Identify Suitable Sites for Pre-Fabricated Residences Aimed at Relocating Displaced Populations
Manipur’s Chief Minister, N Biren Singh, conducted a thorough inspection of potential sites for establishing pre-fabricated homes, intended to provide shelter for individuals displaced due to ethnic violence. During his visit to the affected areas outside the state capital, Singh revealed that a portion of these pre-fabricated houses would be constructed within the premises of a sericulture institute located in Bishnupur district.
Singh emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of affected families until normalcy is restored. He further disclosed that the state government had set a target of constructing 3,000-4,000 pre-fabricated houses within the span of two months, in order to accommodate the individuals who were forced to flee their residences as a result of the ongoing violence. Tragically, this violence has already claimed over 100 lives in the northeastern state.
To provide immediate temporary housing for the affected families, Singh announced that classrooms and hostels within the Kwakta campus of the Sericulture Training Institute would be utilized. The chief minister explained that approximately 500 pre-fabricated homes would be erected inside the campus area, allowing the displaced individuals to find some respite from their current predicament.
During his visit, Singh strongly condemned the recent incident of an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion that occurred in Kwakta on the night of June 21. The explosion resulted in injuries to two teenagers and a 7-year-old boy. The chief minister assured the public that investigations were underway to identify the culprits responsible for this heinous act.
Additionally, Singh took the opportunity to meet with representatives of the women from Moirang, who had taken to the streets upon learning of his presence in the district. He used this opportunity to appeal to the people not to obstruct the movement of security personnel, emphasizing the importance of maintaining peace and security in the region.
The ethnic violence in Manipur originated on May 3 following a “Tribal Solidarity March” organized in the hill districts as a response to the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. Meiteis comprise approximately 53 percent of Manipur’s population and are predominantly concentrated in the Imphal Valley, while the hill districts are primarily inhabited by Nagas and Kukis, constituting around 40 percent of the population.
The government’s swift response to the crisis by planning the construction of pre-fabricated houses reflects their commitment to providing immediate relief and shelter to the displaced individuals. The utilization of the sericulture institute’s campus in Kwakta as a temporary housing site demonstrates a practical approach to addressing the pressing needs of those affected by the violence. As investigations continue, it is hoped that the culprits behind the recent explosive incident will be swiftly apprehended, and peace and harmony will be restored in Manipur.
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