MOREH| Feb 18
In protest against the decision to allow developmental projects to be undertaken by private contractors regarding the Border Area Development Programme (BADP), more than 350 villages under BADP from different parts of the State including Ukhrul, Churachandpur and Chandel districts have resolved not to vote for BJP candidates and boycott the party in the MP elections if the issue is not resolved at the earliest.
The cabinet meeting held at Churachandpur in 2017 had directed that Rs 5 Lakh will be allocated to village authorities while funds beyond Rs 5 lakhs will be commissioned through tenders to contractors.
The statements were made by secretary of All Manipur Border Area Development Association (AMBADA), Jamthang Mate during a press meet held at his residence at C. Moulhoi Village, Moreh Block which was held in association with chiefs of different villages and members of AMADA.
President of AMBADA, Thangkolal Baite along with Jamthang Mate further asserted that if the developmental works were commissioned to contractors as per the resolution of the cabinet meeting, then the programme will never be a success. The villagers will not be avail their due wages and the relationship between the villagers and the government will deteriorate, they said.
The ministry of Home Affairs, department of Border Management, government of India has declared that the objective of the BADP is to initiate welfare projects for the villagers, and the villages identified by the Border Guarding Forces (BGF) shall get uppermost priority. AMBADA had already lodged a case at Manipur High Court in protest against the implementation of the contract system vide WPC no. 237 of 2018, they informed.
From the year 2017 onwards, AMBADA had submitted several memorandums to the Chief Minister, chief secretary and authorities concerned regarding the issue and have also conducted several agitaions and protests. But in spite of it all, the state government and authorities concerned have always turned deaf ears, Thangkolal Baite and Jamthang Mate said.
They further informed that a PIL number 29, 2018 has been registered at the high court in response to a skill development and capacity building and distribution of sports materials programme which was held at Chandel beyond the guidelines of BADF. “So, if the developmental activities are initiated on a contract basis, then there will be more room for errors,” they asserted.
In view of the prevailing situation, if the demands of AMBADA are not fulfilled before the upcoming MP elections, then several villages lying in the border areas have resolved not to vote for any BJP candidates, the representatives of AMBADA reiterated.