A high level meeting of the Coordinating Committee, All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) was held today at Imphal regarding the three infamous Bills — PMP Bill, 2015, MLR& LR (Seventh Amendment) Bill 2015 and The Manipur Shops and Establishments (2nd Amendment ) Bill 2015 passed on August 31 during the special session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, according to a statement issued by Muan Tombing and Joseph R Hmar.
The committee today demanded immediate restoration of the internet connectivity and SMS facilities and questioned why such facilities were not interrupted during the recent two months agitation in the valley.
Such selective response of the Govt towards the tribals in violation of the freedom of expression is seen as a deliberate attempt to disintegrate the Tribals as they are uniting in one voice against the anti tribal Bills.
The committee felt that the State has become like a dictatorial regime under which the rights of the tribal people are systematically abrogated in various aspects including their land ownership rights besides denying them their rightful entitlements as citizens.
The committee appreciated the initiatives and the efforts of the Joint Action Committee, Churachandpur in dealing with such volatile current political situation and expressed solidarity for future actions.
The committee appealed for safe passage for people of this State who are travelling on trains across the State of Bihar and appealed to all sections to maintain communal harmony in the State too.