Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Braving the sun, a large number of people including women and children staged a rally in Saitual town on Monday under the aegis of Saitual District Implementing Demand Committee (SDIDC) demanding the implementation of Saitual as a full fledged district.
The creation of Saitual district was announced by the Mizo National Front (MNF) led state government on 12 September 2008 along with two more districts- Hnathial and Khawzawl. However, the new districts have not been made functional till date under the Congress led State government.
The rally was joined by over thousand people. All vehicles stayed off the road during the rally, sources said.
According to SDIDC Chairman Rohmingliana, the people of Saitual town area have been patiently waiting for the implementation of Saitual as District headquarter since 2008. But it has not been made fully functional till date.
“The government paid a deaf year to the peaceful way of demanding the implementation of Saitual district which was promised in 2008 and 2013 assembly elections. Therefore, the NGOs are forced to stage peaceful rally,” he said.
To show their support to the demand for implementation of Saitual district, Saitual Town Youth Organisation (STYO) and four villages NGOs within Saitual town area viz. Sihfa, Rulchawn, Ruallung and Keifang and Aizawl Saitual Welfare also held demonstration in Aizawl on Tuesday.
Addressing a demonstration here, STYO President and Saitual Welfare Committee, Aizawl Chairman V.L. Krosshnehzova said the creation of Saitual district was announced by MNF government in 2008. After this, Congress promised to implement the newly declared district before state assembly elections in 2008 and 2013, he added.
Sticking to former All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, Krosshnehzova said the leader while visiting Saitual during a campaign trail in 2008 had promised the people that the still born district headquarters announced by MNF will be made fully functional by Congress government.
However, people are still waiting for the implementation of district, he said.
SDIDC appealed to the state government to immediately implement Saitual as district headquarter and said that if their non-violence form of appeal remains unanswered, they will be forced to resort to violence.
The demand to formally make Saitual, Khawzawl and Hnathial as New District Headquarters have gained momentum since 2008 after Congress came to power. The declaration, even though was made formally in 2008, no administrative offices have been set up in these places till date.