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Loktak mismanagement & peoples’ rights PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jiten Yumnam   
Monday, 29 October 2012 03:49

Often referred to as the mirror of Manipur, the Loktak Lake continues to be embroiled in endless controversies. One will not disagree that the Loktak Lake, a primary source of livelihood, cultures and traditions of different indigenous peoples of Manipur, is currently afflicted with deep mayhem. On 12 October 2012, the Tehelka, a New Delhi based magazine, exposed how the Government of Manipur indulged itself in a ridiculous mismanagement of Loktak Lake colluding with several corporate bodies in a “phumdi” clean up contract worth Rs. 224 Crores.


Tehelka questions how a company, K-Pro Infra Works Limited with only 10 lakhs as paid up capital and existing only on paper with none living in the residential flat claimed to be its office in New Delhi received the multi-crore work order for “Management of Phumdis in the Loktak Lake”. K-Pro also turned out to be a brand new corporate body formed only on 22 June 2009 much after the tender notice of Loktak Development Authority (LDA) on 4 June 2009. One wonders how an absolutely unknown company, who have no work experience, manage to get a multi-Crore project within days of its formation. Despite K-pro the lone bidder, it received the work contracts in violation of the Central Public Works Department norms, which requires at least three bidders for such tenders.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 October 2012 03:28
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Media coverage on the review of the Loktak Hydroelectric Power Project in Manipur PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 02:46

Civil bodies call for CBI probe into Loktak deal

The Peoples Chronicle, 22 October 2012

http://thepeopleschronicle.in/?p=3064

The one-day convention held on ‘Exploitation of Loktak Wetlands’ held today resolved that Manipur government should commission an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the scandalous Phumdi clearance work process in Loktak Lake, including all the processes of awarding contract to K-Pro Infra Works Private Ltd in 2009 and the role of Progressive Construction Limited and the Government of Manipur. Apart from adopting a series of resolutions to protect the Loktak Lake, the one-day convention held at the Manipur Press Club also formed a joint committee on the preservation of Loktak Wetlands with Islam Makakcha, Secretary General of the HERICOUN as the convenor with representatives of all the organizations representing the state level convention on “Exploitation of Loktak Wetlands” as co-convenors.


The state level convention was organised by All Loktak Lake Fisherman Union and the Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur.While calling for repeal of the Manipur Loktak Lake Protection Act, 2006, the convention also resolved that LDA should furnish all details about the controversial contract, details about earnest money submitted by the K-Pro along with the details of shareholders for K-Pro company and also to investigate correlation of Phumdi clearance and burning of floating huts, forced eviction and displacement of thousands of fishing communities from Loktak lake.


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Resolution of Manipur State Convention on “Exploitation Of Loktak Wetlands” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 02:42

We, the participants of the Manipur State Convention on “Exploitation of Loktak Wetlands” organized by the All Loktak Lake Fishermen Union and the Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur at Manipur Press Club on 21 October 2012 hereby:

 

Affirm that Loktak Lake has been a physical and spiritual survival source of all indigenous peoples of Manpur with the fishing communities in and around the Loktak Lake having intrinsic and inalienable survival dependence and relationship with the Lake.

 

Express our concern that development processes in Loktak Lake, especially Loktak Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project has led to wide social, environmental and human rights impacts, including proliferation of phumdis, floating vegetative mass in the Lake and displacement of communities.

 

Also expresses our deep concern with the wide corruption and nepotism involved in the clearance of phumdis from Loktak Lake as reported by Tehelka on 12 October 2012 and April 2010 while disregarding the survival and rights of fishing communities in and around the Lake.

Editor, Imphal Free press speaking at the Conention on Exploitation of Loktak Wetlands

Editor, Imphal Free press speaking at the Convention on the Exploitation of Loktak Wetlands

 

We call upon the Government of India and Government of Manipur to:

  • Commission an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate the scandalous phumdi clearance work process in Loktak Lake, including all processes of awarding contract to K-Pro Infra Works Private Ltd in 2009 and the role of Progressive Construction Limited and the Government of Manipur in such scandalous contracts.
  • The LDA should furnish all details on the controversial contract, especially the details of the earnest money submitted by K-Pro along with the financial bid and details of bank guarantee for mobilization of advance and also mode of payment of mobilization advance (no of installments) and details of shareholders for K-Pro company. All those officials involved in the violations should be punished.
  • Investigate the correlation of phumdi clearance by K-Pro and arsoning of floating huts, forced eviction and displacement of several thousands of fishing communities from Loktak Lake and immediately  restore status quo by allowing them to resettle in Loktak Lake. Provide adequate compensation for the hardship caused to fishing communities during the arson and eviction in November 2011.
  • Repeal Manipur Loktak Lake Protection Act, 2006
  • Review Loktak Multipurpose Hydroelectric Project for its impacts on Loktak wetlands, including the proliferation of Phumdis in Loktak Lake and impact on Keibul Lamjao National Park and take appropriate steps to decommission the Ithai Barrage of Loktak Project as per recommendations of World Commission on Dams, 2000
  • Formulate a comprehensive Wetlands Management Policies in Manipur with community participation as per guidelines of Ramsar Convention for Community participation
  • Formation of a “Joint Committee on the Preservation of Loktak Wetlands” with Islam Makakcha, Secretary General of HERICOUN as the Convenor and the representatives of all organizations representing the State Level Convention on “Exploitation of Loktak Wetlands” as co-Convenors.
  • The Government should reveal the action taken and present status to the recommendations by the Manipur State Human Rights Commission and National Human Rights Commission to investigate the contract awarded to K-Pro for phumdi clearance.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 03:19
 
Press release on the Exploitation of Loktak Wetlands PDF Print E-mail
Written by All Loktak Lake Fishermen Union and Committee On Protection Of Natural Resources in Manipur   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 02:38

A Manipur State Level Convention on “Exploitation Of Loktak Wetlands” was organized by the All Loktak Lake Fishermen Union and the Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur at Manipur Press Club, Imphal Manipur on 21 October 2012. The Convention also adopted series of resolutions to protect Loktak Lake.

 

Mr. Jiten Yumnam, Co-Convenor, Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur, in his key note, introduced that the Loktak Lake management process is full of controversy. He explained that Tehelka, based in New Delhi exposed the corruption in the process of awarding a Rs. 224 Crores contract for “Management of Phumdis in the Loktak Lake” to a new company, K-Pro Infra Works Limited with only 10 lakhs as paid up capital and existing only on paper. Despite K-pro the lone bidder, it received the work contracts in violation of the Central Public Works Department norms, which requires at least three bidders for such tenders. He said Loktak Lake is a designated Protected Site of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. However, the Government failed to ensure participation of communities depending on Loktak Wetlands the management of Loktak Lake in violation of Ramsar Convention.

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Media Clippings on Arsoning of Loktak Lake Dwellers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Committee on Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 02:29

Memorandum submitted to stop burning fishermen huts at Loktak lake
Source: The Sangai Express, the 17 November 2011

Imphal, November 16, 2011: National Association of Fishermen has submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting him to instruct the Manipur Government to stop burning down of huts of fishermen at Loktak Lake.

The association also urged to give necessary directive to the State Government to rehabilitate the displaced fishermen at localities like Khuman Yangbi, Nambul Machin and Karang Sabal.
The memorandum said that Manipur Government started eviction of fishermen living on phumdis (floating biomass) by burning down their huts from yesterday.

With already setting aflame of 20 huts, the affected families including women and children are living in open space in a pitiable condition, it added. The memorandum further informed the Prime Minister that the State Government is planning to burnt down 1080 huts which would displace around 5000 people.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 02:35
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Urgent Appeal to Stop Government of India’s Government’s Reign of Terror with its Arsoning Spree of Houses of Meitei People in Loktak Lake, a Ramsar Site in Manipur PDF Print E-mail
Written by Committee on Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 02:22

IDENTIFICATION OF VICTIMS: Families of 1147 floating huts belonging to the Meitei people of Manipur residing in floating huts over phumdis in Loktak Lake

IDENTIFICATION OF PERPETRATORS:  Loktak Development Authority, Government of Manipur and Manipur Police

DATE OF INCIDENT: Commencing from 15 November 2011 till 25 November 2011

PLACE OF INCIDENT: Loktak Wetlands in Manipur

EVENT DESCRIPTION: The Government of Manipur, a provincial government of the Government of India has unleashed a reign of state terror by burning down floating huts (Khangpokshang), built over Phumdis (floating vegetation mass) belonging to the fisherfolk  living in Loktak Wetlands in Central Manipur commencing from November 15, 2011 which continues till end November. The deliberate arsoning process was carried out by personnel of the Loktak Development Authority and the Manipur Police forces in accordance with a government eviction notification issued by Loktak Development Authority on 11 November 2011. One thousand one hundred and forty seven floating huts have already been burnt so far. There are about 5,000 family members living in all these floating huts in localities like Khuman Yangbi, Nambul Machin and Karang Sabal within the Loktak Lake.

The arsoning of the floating huts is in accordance with the provisions of the much controversial Loktak Lake (Protection) Act, 2006, in particular Article 19 and 20 of the Act, which divides the 236.21 sq km Loktak Lake into two zones - a core zone comprising 70.30 sq km, which is a ‘no development zone’, or ‘totally protected zone’, and a buffer zone of other areas of the lake excluding the core zone. A vital aspect of this division is the ban on building huts or houses on phumdis inside the lake, planting athaphum, or engaging in athaphum-fishing in the core area, which will adversely affect over 10,000 people living in phumdi huts, as well as others dependent on Loktak Lake.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 02:36
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