IMPHAL, March 19: Representatives of various women groups and other civil society organizations of the state stormed the office of the State Home Minister at the Old Secretariat today around 2.pm against illegal drug trafficking and black marketing of drugs in the state.
The women protestor marches toward the State Home Minister`s office from Singjamei side holding a banner under the Collation against drug and alcohol (CADA). They carried placards and banners that said, `stop illegal drug trafficking in the state`; `give befitting punishment to those involved in the illegal drug business in the state` ; `bring out the real owner of the drug consignments seized from Imphal Airport, Mantripukri and from the Post office`, `save our future generation from drugs`, and `re-establish the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) in the state`. The group shouted slogan while heading to the Office gate. However, a team of Imphal police station led by L Shantikumar, Officer in charge came to the area and controlled the angry women protestors.
Later, five women protestors were allowed to meet the Personal assistant of the State Home Minister as the later was out of the state.
Speaking to the media, one woman protestor said that the women groups have already submitted a memorandum to the Governor of the state and the Chief minister some days before and today they had come to meet the State Home Minister regarding the drug cases of the state and to demand a befitting punishment to who ever is involved in the drug trafficking.
Ackwardness Problem and Conflict in Manipur Hills: A study from Land Perspective” stated that land is important for community development but proper utilization of land is more important. “In the context of tribals of Manipur, there are three common types of ownership such as individual, community and clan ownership. Community and clan ownership of land negatively affects land utilization,” he stated.
Homen Thangjam spoke on “Governmentality and Development in Post Colonial Societies”. According to him, the modern idea of governance is informed by colonial governmentality. ” The Idea of development changes over time and the case of Northeast is a classical case,” he said adding that from 1949 to the 1990s, the Nehruvian model of development dictated wherein no market and financial institutions were allowed to flourish.
There were two other parallel sessions featuring ten paper presentations. The sessions were chaired by Dr. L. Mohendro Singh, Sr. Fellow, ICSSR and Asst. Prof., S Kula College, Nambol and Irengbam Arun, Sr. Journalist, respectively.
The Valedictory Function was graced by Prof. Vanlanghak, Director, IGNTU-RCM.