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Zeliangrong Union Lauds CM’s Decision

IMPHAL, Dec 10: While categorically clarifying that the question of Zeliangrong people inviting the Chief Minister of Manipur to the Orange Festival does not arise as the same festival is organized by the State Government since the last many years, the Zeliangrong Union (AMN) has appreciated the decision of the Chief Minister to grace the festival in spite of the boycott call given by the NYF.

Being one of the most backward districts in all spheres, banning VVIPs from visiting Tamenglong district is nothing less than denying the opportunity for development of the district, the ZU (AMN) remarked in a press release.

‘The ZU strongly feels that the VVIPs visit to the district should rather be welcomed by one and all considering the backwardness of the district’, it said.

The Chief Minister’s strong desire to visit Tamenglong during the Orange Festival is laudable. However, the ZU would like the Government to pay due attention in securing full public cooperation and participation for grand celebration of the festival rather than focusing on celebrating the festival at any cost.

Exuding that this year’s festival, unlike previous ones, would enhance orange productivity in the district, the ZU urged upon the authorities concerned to pay due attention to technical aspects of growing orange plants in scientific manner in view of the extensive wilting of orange plants in the last few years.

Orange being one of the fruits most suitable to the climate of Tamenglong district, the Government should take up necessary steps to provide assistance to the orange growers so as to enable them sustain their livelihood through orange plantation.

Saying that improving economic condition of orange growers would automatically accelerate development activities in the district, ZU said it would be most desirable for all to ensure maximum participation, cooperation and support to the Orange Festival.


AZSU boycotts

IMPHAL, Dec 10: Endorsing the boycott call, All Zeliangrong Students’ Union (Assam, Manipur & Nagaland) has announced that it will not welcome the Chief Minister and His Cabinet Ministers at the Orange Festival to be held at Tamenglong district headquarters, reports our Jiribam correspondent.

The student body has charged the CM of being anti-tribal  ‘who has fooled the tribal populace of the State with setting up of toothless ADC in the hill districts, and said that it will not benefit the tribal people in any sense.

The student body further said that it is not against the Orange festival as such. But the presence of the CM at may incite unwanted incident for which the Govt should be wholly responsible.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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