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AMCO Meet To Combat Drug Abuse In Manipur

IMPHAL, April 02: Taking a serious note of the multi-pronged problems, including drug abuse and “massive malpractices” in elections, the All Manipur Christian Organization (Amco) will hold a consultative meeting here on Monday.

An umbrella organization of all Christian groups of strife-torn Manipur, Amco was instrumental in bringing about a peaceful solution to the ban on entry of Manipur vehicles in Nagaland by the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) after holding talks with its Nagaland counterpart the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) and various Naga civil bodies of the neighboring state in May last year.

“With the primary objective to address the problems gripping in Christian-dominated areas, particularly in the hills and some pockets in the valley, we will hold a consultation on contemporary issue and Christian responses in Manipur’ at the premises of MBC Centre Church,” Amco president Rev Prim Vaiphei told TOI on Friday.

“In Christianity, church leaders are broadly termed shepherds’ and the Christians sheep’. The consultation is literally a meeting of the shepherds to discuss the issues and problems of their respective sheep for redressal,” Vaiphei said.

Church leaders, including pastors, who have in-depth knowledge on various social issues will give their suggestions, opinions and advises to address them.

“Through the consultative meeting, we will attempt to address the objectives of livelihood, promoting peace, non-violence and to combat drug abuse, gross malpractice in election,” Vaiphei said.

He emphasized that Amco is a non-political body and it has nothing to do with politics.

On drug related issue, massive poppy and ganja cultivation taking places in tribal areas where the populace are all Christians; he added that Christians are not allowed to indulge in drug business and easy earning.

Instead of growing these narcotic plants, they should switch on horticulture and agriculture activities, the state Christian leader said. The meeting would also discuss threadbare to monitor the unwanted malpractices during election-like siphoning off a huge amount of money by candidates, booth rigging, threat perceptions and other violent activities.

“Since the issues are critical and complicated, it would take a long journey to redress them for which a collective approach is needed and Monday’s meeting would be historic one as it would embark on the eternal mission,” he added. “We will continue to organize similar programs on the matter to ensure concrete modalities are worked out to address the issues in a systematic manner with the involvement of all Church leaders across the state,” he added.

(Courtesy: TNN)

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