Pherzawl/Saikot: Two sub-divisional offices of Pherzawl District which are still functioning in neighboring Churachandpur District were sealed by the leaders of the Hmar Students’ Association (HSA) on Monday without any untoward incidents.
Manipur government on January this year had issued an order directing all SDO/BDO officers to start working form their respective districts. However, the government notification No.1/1/2018-Chief Secretary (Manipur) has not been complied with by officials working at the Parbung SDO and the Vangai SDO offices, according to the student leaders.
“We are here to inform the general public and the concerned officials at the helms of affairs that we are not against the government in our effort to reform the system of governance where we are the stakeholders. We are here in pursuance of the government notification No.1/1/2018-CS (Manipur) and also in line with the Government of Manipur’s noble and sincere initiative of ‘go to the village’,” the student leaders said during a press conference after sealing the doors of the offices.
“We are here to reiterate our stand vide order no. 1/HSAGHQ/SDO/2018 wherein we have given 10 working days to shift the temporary offices (Camp Office) of the SDOs/BDOs within Pherzawl district to their respective Sub Divisional headquarters so as to ensure maximum services to the general public,” HSA development secretary Richard Laltanpuia said.
HSA said that their “humble request” to the administration officials to start working from their respective offices in Pherzawl District has been ignored by the officers. “We are compelled to resort to shutting the temporary offices (Camp Office) of the said officers which are being located in Churachandpur town as is known by the whole world that they are hundreds of kilometers away from the stations where they are supposed to function,” the students said.
Members of the student body also organized a districtwide protest against the government officials for not heading to their main demand of moving to where they are supposed to work. Protests were held in the district headquarters Pherzawl, Parbung SDO HQ and Vangai SDO HQ.
“We hereby affirm to the general public especially of the innocent and neglected villagers of Pherzawl District that we will not in any way shy away from our genuine demand which emanates from the aspirations of the suffering villagers that unless the responsible authorities make suitable arrangement to make these shut down offices to effectively function from their stations, we will not let them reopen their offices of convenience,” they said.
It may be mentioned that all the top district officials of Pherzawl District are still working from the so-called “camp office” in Churachandpur town making a mockery of the government’s ‘Go to Village Mission’.