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Community meet on “Protection on Land and Environment” held

 Source: Imphal Free Press.

IMPHAL | Aug 1 : Khoupum Area Village Authority Council, Khoupum along with Women Development Organisation, Tame nglong and Centre for Research and Advocacy (CFAR), Manipur organised a community meeting on “Protection on Land and Environment” at Gaidimjang village on July 3. A release stated that the community meeting was held in context of the increased loss of indigenous peoples’ land and resources due to pursuance of unsustainable development processes and implications of worsening climate change. Speaking at the meet, social activist, Gumreii Kami shared how developmental processed in Khoupum and adjoining areas are often mired in undemocratic practices with adverse environment and social impacts, while Abon Gonmei of Gaidimjang village asserted that the Key stone Company undertook road construction from Joujangtek to Rengpang through Khoupum with funding from North Eastern council (NEC) without any appraisal of impacts and rehabilitation and resettlement plans for affected villagers. The memorandum to the company by affected communities to consider all impacts and plans for their rehabilitation remains unheeded, it said. While co-chairperson, Citizens Concern for Dams and development, Aram Pamei stated that respecting indigenous peoples rights and their right to free prior and informed consenr is critical before any development of land, secretary, CFAR, Jiten Yumnam asserted that communities are side-lined in developmental decision making affecting their land and resources. The Khoupum dam, that failed to provide water for irrigation in Khoupum areas, despite its submergence of more than 200 acres, is marred with inadequate compensation, he said. A resident of Namkanrong Part II village, Gaikamn Kamei further expressed disappointment that the Khoupum Dam remains useless and that the limited compensation for land lost for canal construction has also led to much confusion in Khoupum areas. “It is high time the dam is removed given its failure to serves its purpose and objectives, he added.