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A Manipur village that pines for development

pur), May 3 (ANIDiscontentment prevails in the village of Longpi Kajui in North Manipur's Ukhrul District over the state of under development.

Longpi Kajui (Manipur), May 3 : Discontentment prevails in the village of Longpi Kajui in North Manipur's Ukhrul District over the state of under development.

The area's scenic beauty remains untapped. Till a few years ago, the State Government showed an interest in developing the area, but now, incomplete tourist homes dot the landscape.

Residents of the Longpi Kajui Village do not want to blame the militants, as they fear them, and would rather target the government.

"It is learnt that already nine lakh has been withdrawn from the department and with that people who are in charge for the construction they started the construction but it is upto the ground level and it is no more constructing," said village headman Wungnaosui Shimray.

The whole village is the story of neglect, whether it is the local school, or the sole primary health centre.

Who is to blame for this backwardness? The government opened this school, but it was shut down. The question is who did it? Not the government? Who is to be blamed for the closer of this primary health centre? The structure is new.

It's the underground groups, but the villagers are afraid to name them.

"In order to survive, we need good communication and health centres. It is very difficult for us we do not have any first aid centre in our village. So, whenever a person is suffering, we just have to search and hire a vehicle and go to other places for check-ups," says Wilson Luiram, a villager.

"There is one primary health centre. There are hardly any workers there. We don't even get medicines or the medical facilities that we require," says Wungnaosui Shimray, the village headman.

The school seems to be functioning, but under a leaking roof, in a brittle-walled compound, with broken chairs and desks, and a complete lack of basic educational infrastructure.

Where do the funds go, is anybody's guess. Who doesn't know that the underground groups extort money? Villagers are so psyched by them, that they won't utter their name even once.

"In fact, this school has been lagging in everything, and during my stay since 2004, I have been requesting the government for the improvement of the infrastructure and all these things. And if the government improves, we will be having more then 300-400 students," says John Bosco, the school's headmaster.

The area is famous for black pottery. Some of the centres of black pottery are in tatters. The area, which can become the hub of industry and tourism, is mired in sheer backwardness.

Every year, millions of rupees are granted for the development of these areas, yet there is no development.

Militant groups act as barrier to development. They don't allow outside contractors and builders to come to the area.

As a result the common man suffers from the tyranny of these insurgent groups.


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