24 July 2018:
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh informed the Assembly on Monday that the recent eviction drive at Nongmaiching Reserve Forest was carried out in larger interest of the future of the state.
He also informed the House that the state government would consider extending all possible help to families affected by the eviction drive and also those who were affected by the dredging of Nambul and Imphal rivers. The government will think about providing assistance on humanitarian ground by taking reference from the previous government’s action on such cases.
Forest and Environment Minister, Th. Shyamkumar, said the eviction of unauthorized and illegal encroachers in reserve forest areas of the state was a continuous process and it had to be carried out after fulfilling due process of law and rules under Indian (Forest) Act 1927; the Manipur (Forest) Rules, 1971 and also the settlement of rights under Forest Rights Act (FRA).