CCpur, Nov 16: With the Centre coming up with a formal statement declaring that all stake holders will be consulted before giving consent to the three contentious Bills, the JAC along with tribe leaders and other CSO representatives today decided that the mortal remains of the nine ‘Tribal Martyrs’ will be laid to rest one 30th Nov..2015. At ADC, Churachandpur Complex, Bungmual village, Churachandpur.
The decision was reportedly taken after the Ministry of Home Affairs issued press statement regarding the three bills, on November 9, 2015.
The Ministry of Home Affairs stated that the Governor of Manipur has referred three bills passed by the State Legislature namely, “The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015”, “The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (Seventh Amendment Bill), 2015" and “The Manipur Shops and Establishments (Second Amendment Bill) 2015” to the Government of India for Presidential assent.
Delegations from Manipur under the aegis of Joint Action Committee (JAC), All Tribals Students’ Union of Manipur (ATSUM) and Manipur Tribal’s Forum, Delhi (MTFD) have met the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs with their concerns over the three Bills.
The Ministry of Home Affairs assured to consult all stakeholders including the State Government, hill and the valley people and other interested parties on the issue before arriving at any decision in the course of examination of the Bills. It will be the endeavour of the Ministry of Home Affairs to address the issue in the best interests of all sections of the population of Manipur.
These three Bills are being opposed by some sections of Manipur population, who have been agitating over the issue since the last two months. Nine people have died during this agitation and their last rites have not been conducted till now, MHA stated.
According to the leaders of Manipur Tribals Forum Delhi, Manipur tribal want to march with the coffins towards Parliament to draw the attention of the Centre government.
The three infamous Bills was passed by Manipur Assembly on August 31 after violent agitation by valley based organisations and similar protest was followed at CCpur for withdrawal of the Bills.