Kangpokpi CSO boycott 'Go to Hills 2.0', to support ATSUM’s cause
The Kangpokpi CSO's decision to boycott the ‘Go to Hills 2.0’ was taken in a joint meeting of the opposing group held at Kangpokpi district headquarters on Sunday.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) of Kangpokpi under the aegis of Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi announced to boycott ‘Go to Hills 2.0’ programme in the district against the state's failure to table ADC Bill, 2021 in the Assembly.
The development comes barely a day after some CSOs of the district under the aegis of Sadar Hills Chief Association (SAHILCA) reportedly called on the Chief Minister to support and welcome the ‘Go to Hills 2.0’ programme.
The opposing group warned that any individual or organisations welcoming the ‘Go to Hills 2.0’ programme shall be treated as 'traitors' to the tribal movement and henceforth all ties with them will be severed.
The decision to boycott the ‘Go to Hills 2.0’ was taken in a joint meeting of the opposing group held at Kangpokpi district headquarters on Sunday.
Representatives of the Kuki Students' Organization Sadar Hills, Thadou Youth Association Sadar Hills, Gangte Students' Organization Sadar Hills, Gangte Tribe Union Sadar Hills, Kuki Women Union Sadar Hills, Zillai Sadar Hills, and the KomRem Students' Union Sadar attended the meeting organised under the aegis of Kuki Inpi Kangpokpi District.
In the meeting, the CSOs unanimously condemned the alleged appeasement policy of 'Go to Hills 2.0' stating that if the state government is truly serious about hill development then they should table the Manipur ADC Bill, 2021 at the earliest.
"Until then, any Go to Hills program to be undertaken in Kangpokpi District is boycotted and the general population are requested to co-operate in this general boycott", the CSOs resolved.
Opposing group claimed that Sadar Hill Chief Association (SAHILCA) does not represent the civil society organisations of Kangpokpi district and their commitment to the state government for welcoming the 'Go to Hills' programme as per the media release on the Facebook page of the state Chief Minister is not recognised by the people of Kangpokpi district.
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The meeting also resolved to endorse and support all activities of the All Tribal Students' Union Manipur (ATSUM) in connection with the Manipur ADC Bill, 2021 and extend any support whatsoever.
Meanwhile, the Kuki Students' Organization of Jiribam and Tamenglong District also expressed its firm endorsement to ATSUM’s decision to boycott the state government's 'Go to Hills' mission in protest against the government refusal to table the proposed Manipur(Hill Areas) ADC Bill, 2021 in the Manipur Legislative Assembly.