IMPHAL, May 12 : Border Area Villages Association (BAVA) has appealed to the Chief Minister for the immediate release of the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) fund for the financial year 2019-20, failing which BAVA will resort to legal recourse and democratic agitation.
A statement jointly issued by Themreishang Horam, vice-president BAVA and Tuithing Zingkhai, general secretary BAVA shared that the annual action plan of BADP fund had been approved and released by the Ministry of Home Affairs to the State Government in 2019 but the latter has still not released the same to the implementing agencies of the concerned districts.
The statement also expressed concern that the centrally sponsored fund might have been misused.
The statement from BAVA also claimed that there was a dearth of developmental works in border areas in the last four years.
BAVA further added that the Chief Minister had been notified of this matter during a facilitation programme conducted by Tangkhul CSOs on April 26 at Ukhrul.
The statement lastly cautioned that further delay in the release of the BADP fund might prompt legal action and democratic agitation from the association in collaboration with stakeholders from other districts.