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CBSTDC defers Public Rally

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Imphal, May 17: Coordinating Body on Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee (CBSTDC) has postponed the proposed public rally that was scheduled on May 22 for some days in view of social unrest owing to the ongoing ILPS movement.
In a release, the Coordinating Body informed that it would organize public meetings on the same day- May 22 at Iboyaima Sumang Lila Sanglen, Hapta Kangjeibung and Kanung Mamang.
CBSTDC also requested locals clubs, Meira paibi, associations, organizations and public to participate at the public meeting and provide feedback over the demand for ST status to Meetei/Meitei.
While appealing all to extend support, CBSTDC also said that demand for inclusion of Meitei/Meetei in the ST list as per Constituency of India is a measure to protect the indigenous community and also a major issue in the state.
The committee further added that the demand for the ST status for the Meetei/Meitei stands justified and as it is the constitutional rights of every citizen. The committee also said that they will continue strive hard untill ST status is granted to the Meitei / Meetei community.
It said that the demand for ST status is to safeguard the indigenous identity of Manipur and not to distort the unity of the state. It said the relationship between the Hill and Plain people will be improved if the meetei and other community belong in the same status. It said how could some of the community be treated as low cast when the other being treated as higher class.
The Committee further appealed not to spread any rumour to demoralise the demand for ST status of the meetei / meitei people.

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L B Devi May 17, 2016 - 4:55 pm

It is a right decision because such rally in the peak of ILP movement may jeopardize the noble people movement. STDCM and its supporters also need to support ILP demand for the protection of indigenous people of Manipur. Moreover, Meitei the champion of Manipur cause need to be protected by according ST status so that all the hill men indigenous people and Meitei can have equal status. Putting same blood relationship in different category may be an artificial wall for division in the long run. We Meitei working outside Manipur also will contribute financially to the STDCM because such movement was started by our dedicated senior citizens for the future of our children.


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