Skip to content Skip to navigation

Ukhrul denizens urge Manipur government for implementation of MSAPCC

 Public leaders and social activists alike of Ukhrul district in Manipur, have vehemently decried the state government's silence over non-implementation of Manipur State Action Plan on Climate Change (MSAPCC) and further urged the authorities concerned to expedite measures to implement the action plan in the state without further delay. 


"We are already facing the adverse impact of climate change in our everyday life in varied ways, but our government is still sitting lethargic without making any visible efforts to implement the action plan to combat the climate change, " the leaders of the district from different social spectrum, said during a press conference held at Ramungo Library Group office, Phungreitang on Monday


Social activist Hungyohung said that MSAPCC was duly approved by the state assembly back in 2013, but it was learnt that the action plan could not be implemented in the state due to certain technical defects. "Subsequently, an order calling for review of the action plan was issued to sort out the defects. But till date, it has not been taken up for no obvious reasons," he rued. 


According to Hungyohung, mitigation and adaptation are two crucial components of the said action plan, which are aimed at abating the impact of climate change which is an inevitable global phenomenon. 


 "While the public should also share the responsibility of containing the phenomenon in their own capacities, the government should evolve a strategy to address the challenges of climate change so as to alleviate the associated risks," he observed. 


Asserting that MSAPCC is the right approach to the climate challenges, Hungyohung questioned as to why the government is shirking it's duties. "We have seen a change of guard, but we are yet to see any changes in the battle against climate change here." 


Dr. Ngahorshai Luithui, retired Veterinary officer, opined that lack of precautionary measures is responsible for the natural calamities that occurred across the district this year, including the massive landslides at Yangui Kong at Shirui area, that left varied agricultural crops damaged. 


"Owing to increase in natural calamities here, villagers are now growing apprehensive of working out in the fields to continue their livelihood activities," said Pamthar a social activist, citing the recent incident where land masses from landslips buried four members of a family alive at a field in Mapum village. 


"Unless preventive measures like the action plan are taken up immediately, there will be costly consequences in the future, " he cautioned. 


Questioning the motive of CM Biren's 'Go to Hills' slogan, he rued that had the slogan held any substance in it, the government would have done something towards the calamity crisis in the district (where landslides occurred at unlikely places), by way of preventive measures or compensations for the victims of natural calamities. 


"It was not just Sirarakhong village that faced unprecedented landslides where many ministers visited and extended assistance to victims, " he pointed out, adding that unfortunately in the case of many other villages that a faced similar fate, the government has remained silent as if nothing had happened elsewhere. 


Sharing the same sentiments, Ringthem Kasak another social activist, opined that when the hill populace is struggling with deplorable road conditions everywhere compared to the valley areas where even lanes leading to each locality is carpeted and the government is indifferent, what is there to be called equality. 


Zenith Hungyo, an educationist, observed that eco- system and biodiversity of the district are fast changing, affecting the natural resources thereby impacting the livelihood of community. 


Apart from the climate change affecting the residents physically causing various health problems, even the quality of home grown vegetables like cabbage, peas etc is degrading, she noted, stating that unlike in the past, the vegetables now taste coarse, and the same is true of flowers in our gardens, Zenith Hungyo said. 


Regarding the frequent natural disasters in the district, she vented her angst that victims of such calamities in the hill districts are often deprived of adequate compensation and urged the government to look into the matter. 


Similarly, the government is turning a blind eye to the hardships faced by the villagers due to non existence of road connectivity in different corners of the district, Zenith lamented, contending that many sick people, including pregnant women have lost their precious lives due to delayed treatment in the absence of motorable roadways. 


Ngatangmi yet another social activist felt that when the government can't even repair Ukhrul town road, it is hard to imagine the same infrastructures for the villages. 

He also said that preventive steps need to be initiated for preservation of water sources of district which are depleting already. 


A bureaucrat Wonthing urged the government to revive the erstwhile programme of the government 'Eco Club' which used to be operated in most government schools so as to enlighten the students about the importance of environment. 
Author info

Lester Makang's picture

Ukhrul, Manipur

Add new comment

Random Stories

Hunters surrender at Nagaon

15 Jun 2016 - 9:27am | Rituraj Phukan
A surrender ceremony was organized at Baanhkucha, Kothaguri, Nagaon on June 13, where 35 hunters and trappers from nearby villages of Lungsung, Jharugaon, Baanhkucha and Kothalguri villages vowed to...

Himanta presenting first state e-budget

11 Mar 2018 - 6:45pm | AT News
GUWAHATI: The stage is set to table the Assam state budget for 2018-19. Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is tabling the budget at 10-30 in the morning on Monday.   Addressing a press...

Throw out Cong: Sonowal

8 Feb 2014 - 2:51pm | AT News
BJP state president Sarbananda Sonowal said that his party is the only option left for the people to get rid of the UPA-misgovernance that crippled the entire country.In his welcome address at the...

1 more killed in Dipu firing

2 Aug 2013 - 11:32am | AT News
Amid simmering tension police fired in the air near the All India Radio building after agitators set ablaze satellite dishes halting broadcast and relay and torched a waiting room constructed of wood...

Other Contents by Author

UKHRUL, MARCH 10: Decrying the inordinate delay in construction of PMGSY road for the last three years, irate villagers from Zingsho Mapithel areas of Ukhrul district have on Friday formed a Joint Action Committee to press for their demands for early completion of the road from Lambui to Hongbei Junction before the onset of monsoon.   Dozens of representatives from village authorities, youth organisations and leaders drawn from nine villages of the area today converged at Lungphu village and held a day-long public discussion on the matter, following which the JAC was formed to mount pressure on the government for early completion of the road.   Speaking to media persons on...
In conditions where prolonged monsoon had extended way far into fall this year, there seemed little to do to stop the inclement weather. God's grace could still overpower the element in the most amazing of ways.   Showery experiences had thrown a trepidation among many during the preparations ahead of the four day-long Women Centenary celebration of the Tangkhul Baptist Churches Association (TBCA) Women Union. Despite this, amazingly not a bit of precipitation showed up as a graceful array of praise, worship and music and talent brought a bone dry curtain on the centennial celebration here at Phungyo Mission Ground, Awontang on Sunday three days after getting off...
Come Saturday. The Multi Purpose Hall in Ukhrul is all set to keep shining with Tangkhul music talents who will join the musical extravaganza. Courtesy Tangkhul Music Forum (TMF-Ensouling the tune).  inister Th. Biswajit, Public Works, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Information & Public Relations, Administrative Reforms, Commerce & Industries, wll  attend  the "1st Tangkhul Singers' Get-together. K. Dickson, Chairman ADC, Ukhrul will attend the function as Guest of Honor, while Special Guests will be DIG 27 Sector, CO 10 AR, DC Ukhrul, SP Ukhrul and presidents of TNL, TNWL, TNML, TSL, TKS, headmen of Hunphun and Hungpung villages, Araang League, NGO's...
With the inhabitants of scores of border villages in Eastern Ukhrul reeling under acute hardships after multiple landslides cut off the region from the rest of the district, Chatric DCC councilor Yangmi Shimray has drawn the attention of the state government to restore the road communication in the area at once.Addressing a press conference at UDWJA office on Monday evening, councilor Yangmi Shimray said that following the recent heavy rainstorms, the border region has remained cut off from the rest of the district due to multiple landslides that occurred at various points along the road from Shirui to Khayang village.As a result, villagers in more than 20 villages in the area are facing...
Assam Rifles of HQ 10 Sector Assam Rifles on Saturday inaugurated a newly constructed community hall of the Ex-Service Men Association (ESMA) at Awontang, Ukhrul district headquarters in Manipur. Speaking as chief guest at the hall inauguration function, DIG, Brigadier Sandeep Mohla stressed on the need for the Ex service men association to strengthen for the welfare of its growing members, while at the same time, urging their wives association to also follow suit. Mohla was accompanied by Commanding officer Col Rajesh Dograh, CO. Major Rohit town post and other AR officers. Assuring assistance to the association, Mohla said that Assam Rifles is always ready to extend every possible...
Underscoring his concern for the landslide-affected villagers of Sirarakhong village, MLA of Chingai AC Khashim Vashum extended monetary aid and reassured the affected villagers of government assistance during his visit to the village on Wednesday. Khashim, who is also Parliamentary Secretary, was accompanied by concerned ADC Khayinghor, LM Subdivision SDO Pawan Yadav and departmental officials. Upon his arrival at around 2 pm, Khashim Vashum along with the official team inspected the site ravaged by heavy landslide triggered by torrential rains recently. During a public gathering held at the village community hall, Khashim handed over a sum of Rs. 1 lakh on behalf of Planning and...
Once again, director Riyo Varam is all on hand to bring the laboured works of Meiphung Production closer to the hearts of Ukhrul cine-lovers than ever before. Accordingly, MP team is gearing to roll out its second annual 'Haolywood' red carpet extravaganza on the occasion of its upcoming screening of MP's latest release 'Thotkha Mirin Khani' which is scheduled for April 12 next at Ukhrul Town hall. Finally, viewers in Ukhrul township will be able to watch the much awaited movie a few weeks after it was ceremonially premiered at the national capital of New Delhi on March 14 last and subsequently shown in four different Indian metro cities like Mumbai, Goa, Pune and Bangaluru respectively....
 URA is a public charitable trust instituted by a team of Ukhrul district's young professionals in varied fields who volunteered a host of activities to bring about positive change through quality education for quite sometime since 2011. With their debut initiative 'The Basic-Nurturing foundation' imparting basics of subject matters through free coaching camps in different villages, drawing appreciation from both students and parents, the team decided to formally institute an organization and subsequently registered as URA trust under Trust Act 1908 on June 5, 2016.During the official launching ceremony at NIYAM office, Hamleikhong on Saturday, Peingam Zimik president URA Trust that...
 Predicting a thumping victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the ensuing Manipur State Legislative Assembly elections, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said that the party is all set to win the polls with a sweeping two-third majority."The coming election will be a watershed election in the political history of Manipur and the BJP is going to win a two-third majority to form the next government in the state," a confident Rijiju said while addressing a 2200-strong crowd during a campaign programme of 45-Chingai AC BJP candidate Sword Vashum at Talui village public ground on Monday.Upon arriving, Rijiju was accorded a rousing welcome by candidate Sword...
 In the poll-bound Ukhrul district, a northern district of Manipur, India, there appears to be hitherto little or no youth activism in the political and democratic process. After all, Ukhrul is one place where politics is traditionally considered a game only played by the middle aged and elders alike.This time around, it has, on the contrary, dawned on many intellectuals of the district that unless the youth are encouraged to take part and play active roles in the democratic process, which is considered a vehicle for change, the future looks bleak for the community.In line with the realization, the Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long (TMNL-Tangkhul Youth Council) organized a one day ...