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Singngat Meet Rejects HAA Amendments

LAMKA, May 13: Alleging that the proposed the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Fourth Amendment, Act, 2011 has failed to address the core issue of giving legislative, judiciary and financial power to the ADCs and that the Manipur (Village Authority in Hill Areas) Second Amendment Act, 2011 posed a direct threat to the existing traditional tribal Chieftainship institution and tribal right over land a tribal conclave held at Singngat rejected the said proposals in toto. The meet attended by tribal chiefs, tribal leaders, intellectuals, Church leaders, student union/association leaders, social workers, civil society organizations, and people’s representatives to the ADC/ Churachandpur have also adopted a five point resolution following their decision to oppose the amendments.

The resolution called on the Government to provide a constitutional protection and safeguard to tribal land, culture, customs, values and traditional institutions. It also urged to speed up the process of political dialogue with various tribal armed organizations, which had chosen peaceful means to arrive at a durable, honorable, and mutually beneficial resolution to the age-old tribal grievances.

Pleading to address the core tribal issues in order to arrive at a permanent solution it also urged all the tribal MDCs, MLAs & MPs to stand united and take up current issues on top priority basis, besides pledging to join hands together to fight for protection of tribal rights without giving communal color to the struggle.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express/ S Singlianmang Guite)

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