The agitation includes two-day picketing of government offices including ADCs of the hill districts and a mass rally in all hill districts. This will be followed by intensified forms of agitation.
All Manipur Tribal Students Union (ATSUM) has announced that it will begin its agitations from April 5 to protest against the decision of the Manipur Government to hold Autonomous District Councils (ADC) elections while ignoring the agreed terms of the Charter of Demand.
In a press release, ATSUM Information and Publicity Secretary Khaiminlen Doungel said that the decision of the government of Manipur is a “perfect design to divide and confuse the tribal populace on the contentious Autonomous District Councils Elections”.
ATSUM stated that the state government in its cabinet meeting held on March 27 “dubiously” decided to hold ADC Elections including newly created four districts namely Pherzawl, Noney, Kamjong and Tengnoupal districts.
ATSUM reiterated that the state cabinet decision is “ambiguous and it is an ideal mechanism of the state government to divide the tribal brethren.” The state government has ignored the Charter of Demand that includes various issues confronting the tribal populace in all aspect like reservation, education, Health, TA & Hills, Land and Forest etc, pointed out ATSUM.
ATSUM said it was perturbed by the state government’s apathy attitude towards the ATSUM Charter of Demands which were agreed for materialisation by both parties in its parley held on August 3, 2019 and state government’s “deliberate act of paralysing the grass-root level democratic institution of the hills” by procrastinating the ADC elections against the two Memorandum of Understanding dated November 4, 2020 and March 14, 2021 signed between the State government and ATSUM.
ATSUM has resolved to resume agitation from April 5. The agitation includes two-day picketing of government offices including ADCs of the hill districts and a mass rally in all hill districts. This will be followed by intensified forms of agitation.ATSUM, AGITATION, ADC POLLS