From: mohanlal panda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM
Subject: Protest against forceful displacment for a five star hotel plan in Manipur
Greetings from PVCHR.
Please refer to the report in the link : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Christians-up-in-arms-against-hotel-plan/articleshow/8881442.cms
According to this report, people led by All Manipur Christian Organisation (AMCO) has been opposing the state government's decision to set up a five star hotel by evicting people of a colony. AMCO calls this decision by the government as discriminatory and undemocratic.
The upgrading of the present Hotel Imphal into a five-star inn will displace over 600 people belonging to different communities - Naga, Kuki, Meitei and Nepali - are living in the colony. They have been agitating since June 6 to make the government reconsider and revoke its order.
AMCO - a conglomerate of different Christian organizations - said the government has excluded areas adjacent to Hotel Imphal on which the offices of MPSC, government oil depot and the tourism department are situated and was instead trying to take over churches, graveyards and land of poor people.
Sir, on behalf of PVCHR, I request NHRC to look into the matter and consider whether the there could be alternative to the hotel's expansion initiative without displacing this particular colony. Has the state formulated a rehabilitation and compensation policy to deal with such issues. It is important to consider that displacement of any nature affects the livelihood and overall development of the displaced people. These citizens must be treated with respect. Adequate compensation and negotiated rehabilitation is the sole responsibility of the state.
Dr. Mohanlal Panda
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