Imphal, Oct. 19
Alleging fund diversion of the TA&Hills including scholarships for students by BJP led Government and consequent failure to release on time the All Tribal Rights Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) threatens strong agitation and litigations if fails to release all funds for tribal people within the month of October.
A statement by the ATRFM said that despite repeated approach and requests to release the fund of family oriented schemes (FOS), the State Government has failed to do the same till date which is illegal and a clear indication of poor governance. The beneficiaries are force to wait till date when the Central Government has released the fund long ago
“If the State government fails to release the said fund within the month of October, 2019, ATRPFM would no more remain silent and explore all means including filing PIL before the High Court of Manipur in the interest of poor tribal people and in the interest of justice” , a statement by James Haokip of the ATRPFM said.
The statement added that the ATRPFM had submitted charters of demand in pursuant to the resolution adopted on August 24, 2019 in the Joint Meeting of ATRPFM (All Tribal Rights Protection Forum, Manipur) and ATCFM (All Tribal Chief Forum, Manipur) along with various tribal leaders of Manipur held at Mini-Conference Hall, TRI, Chingmeirong, Imphal.
The resolutions are (1) to press the State Government to re-allocated all the matters relating to the creation / recognition of new villages or bifurcation of a village in hill areas of Manipur in accordance with law; (2) for extension of direct funding to ADCs instead of grant-in-aid including revised of honorarium to Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Executive Members and ADC Members (3) to correct the inter-district boundaries i.e. doubling of villages in both the hills and valley district jurisdictions in the past Census records must be corrected in the coming Census 2021; (4) to include all villages in the coming 2021 Census as well as in the current 7th Socio-Economic & Caste Census 2019; (5) to included the Village Chiefs/Ex-Officio Chairmen and all the members of Village Authorities in the warrant of precedence; (6) not to evict the tribal people from their residence/villages and (8) to give reservation to reserved categories in proportion with population in the interest of equal representation in all areas. However, State government has failed to give any positive response till date, it added.
The statement of the ATRPFM threatens to take action of its own and throw ball to the government for any unwanted eventualities due to the action.
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