Kuki delegate complains to centre against `discrimination`

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IMPHAL, November 21: A delegation of the Kuki community from the state has move out a case for the Kuki tribal areas of the north-eastern state of Manipur to be brought under the Sixth scheduled of the Constitution of India along the lines of the Bodo Territorial Council.

According to a press communiqué from the ministry of the Traibal Affairs, government of India, a memorandum was submitted today to the Union minister of Tribal Affair’s and Panchayati Raj by the Kuki Inpi Manipur, an apex body of Kuki tribes complaining about the discrimination meted out as one of the main factor for the armed unrest in the hill areas of the state.

It is mentioned that the delegation of Kuki Inpi led by its president, Thangkhosei Haokip during the meeting with the Union minister explained that the state government has chosen not to heed the long standing demands of the tribal people of the state to be brought under the sixth scheduled of the Constitution.

According to the memorandum, he further narrated during the meeting that, in the last two decades, no autonomous district council election were held in the state and the power to transfer land in the hill districts were given to the district collectors, during which time the chunk of  tribal land were allowed to be  transferred or sold to the non-tribal.

It is also mentioned that, the KIM delegation have appealed the Union minister to urged the Union home minister, on the issue of the implementation of the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous district Council Act, 1971 by the state government in relation to the Sadar Hill district, the official communiqué added.

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