Smaller states demanding groups to hold national seminar

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IMPHAL, July 26: A national seminar on `Perspective and Realization on the Issues of Smaller States in India`™ will be held in New Delhi on August 11, which will be attended by more than 1000 participants including all the stake holders of the smaller states demanding groups, heavy weight politicians, noted activists, scholars, eminent writers and academicians of the country.

The seminar is to be jointly organised by All Bodo Students`™ Union (ABSU); Peoples`™ Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM); Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC); National Federation for New States (NFNS); Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh (BGP); Vidarbha Rajya Agdhi (VIRRA); Indigenous People`™s Front Tripura (IPTF) and Dimasa People`™s Council (DPC).

A joint press release of the organizations stated that the seminar is to be organised in order to collectively consult on perspectives, challenges and realization on smaller states issue of India by proving a common platform to widely exchange ideas, views, opinions, suggestions, recommendations and to cooperate in finding effective and meaningful pathways and strategies for contributions towards finding solutions over the national issue.

The successive Government of India, particularly the NDA Government considering the peoples`™ genuine aspirations and legitimacy took bold historic political decisions and created three new states namely Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Chattisgarh in the year 2000 which have sent a positive signal to other smaller states demanding groups across the country, it said.

The NDA Government which envisioned first that with the creations of smaller states in the country the faster growth and development in all fronts could be achieved is back to power with the promises of faster growth and development, protection of identity and culture, proportionate distribution and utilization of resources, removal of regional disparity, social justice and equal dignity, redesigning the country with creating rationally smaller states etc.

So as a major stake holders of the smaller state demanding groups do strongly feel that it is the right time to renew the legitimate demands and carry out peaceful democratic exercises to remind the present NDA Govt to take favourable and time bound appropriate steps to fulfil our longstanding continued demands of smaller states, said the press release.

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