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Anal Chiefs Oppose RMSA Project Site Choice

IMPHAL, May 15: Anal Naga Chiefs’ Association (ANCA) has expressed objection on awarding Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) project to Toupokpi village in Chandel district under the Centre-sponsored Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA). It said “wrong selection” of the village is against guidelines of the project.

The awarding of EBBs project to Toupokpi village under RMSA has flouted the guidelines such as availability of proper facilities like secondary school system, water supply, medical/health care, market/shopping centre, security/police station, post office all within three kilometers of the project site, stated Chakpikarong sub-division president of the association HL Thungam Anal in an objection letter sent to the State Project Director, SIS, RMSA. Besides not having requisite facilities prescribed by the project guidelines, Toupokpi is just a lone village located six kilometers away from Chakpikarong headquarters block, it added.

Voicing its displeasure at the choice of the project site, the chiefs maintained that “it is highly against the interest of the general public and students’ community that the selection of the site was done by some individuals with vested interest without the knowledge and concern of the chiefs’ association and students’ body.”

Given the alleged unsuitability of the chosen project site, ANCA has sought for rectification and for the allotment of the project to any one of the adjoining village of Chankpikarong headquarters block that meets the requirements specified under the guidelines.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express/ Newmai News Network)

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