HAC Bill: Churachandpur student bodies declare non-cooperation towards Manipur government

The student bodies claimed that the non-tabling of the Hill Areas Committee Bill, 2021 and the subsequent move to include nine valley MLAs in the HAC is completely “anti-tribal”.


Churachandpur district headquarters, Manipur (Photo: IFP)

A group of student bodies in Churachandpur district on Sunday declared non-cooperation towards the Manipur government until the Hill Areas Committee (HAC) bill is passed and the order issued “to include nine valley MLAs in the Hill Areas Committee” by the Manipur Legislative Assembly speaker is revoked.

A meeting of the student bodies in Churachandpur was held at the office of Kuki Students Organisation, Tuibong Churachandpur wherein the two resolutions were adopted, the joint student bodies stated in a statement issued by the meeting convener Jeffrey Joute and co convener NJ Haoneo Baite on Sunday.

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Expressing resentment, the student bodies appealed to the general public of Churachandpur not to attend the launching of ‘Go to Village 2.0’ by the state government scheduled on Monday at Peace ground, Tuibong Churachandpur district.

The student bodies claimed that the non-tabling of the Hill Areas Committee Bill, 2021 and the subsequent move to include nine valley MLAs in the HAC, in contravention to Article 371C of the Indian Constitution and Rules of business of the State Assembly is completely “anti-tribal”.

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The student bodies cannot afford to witness the "hypocritical display" of the present government’s double standard towards a particular community (tribal people), it stated.

The statement further added that the tribal populace of Churachandpur district stands strong against the “anti- tribal” attitudes of the Biren-led government of Manipur.

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First Published:Sept. 5, 2021, 10:53 p.m.

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