The Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) has said that it would like to make it known to the general public that, the organisation is perturbed about the frequent attempt to create a chaotic, irrational and unsolicited activities in and around Loikhai (Thangjing Areas) by the valley based individuals and groups. Thus, the KSO unit of Churachandpur and members from Chief Association, stopped the plantation drive at Thangjing hills.
A team of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Chief Conservator of Forest, District Forest Officer, Henglep Sub-Divisioner Officer, and Churachandpur Police today planned to carry out plantation drive at Thangjing areas.
Acting on a reliable source that tree plantation drive would be carried out by the Forest Department in Thangjing Hill Range on Thursday, the locals of the area gathered at the foothills of Thangjing Hills and stopped the officials from carrying out the plantation of saplings.
After much deliberation of the matter, it was agreed verbally that the local people would identify the suitable places for tree plantation in the area and that they would carry out tree plantation themselves under the MGNERG Scheme, for which the Forest Department would supply tree saplings.
“It is unethical and unbecoming of any individual, group or society to conduct activities of any sort without taking due consent of the local populace or the Chief,” the press communique of KSO stated.
Any such activities whether it benefits the locals or the general public as a whole may not be carried out without the participation or informed consent of the local settlers as it shall deem a direct challenge and infringement in the rights of the indigenous tribal settlers, it added.