AMTU mulls consultative meet of Manipur tribes

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The All Manipur Tribal Union (AMTU) said today that it is planning to hold a consultative meeting with tribal village chiefs, tribal leaders, tribal intellectuals and tribal scholars on ‘Land ownership (patta/right) in hill districts under Autonomous District Council (ADC) within the purview of Article 371(c)’.

Other agenda of the proposed meeting are ‘Warrant of precedence status for hill village chiefs and assistance chiefs’, and also on the current ban on gazette notification of hill villages recognition by the State Government of Manipur. However, a specific date is yet to be fixed for the consultative meeting.

To make the proposed meeting “more convenient and fruitful”, AMTU leaders today requested all concerned to contact All Manipur Tribal Union on telephone numbers 09436088428 / 09612833356 / 09612184086 or email [email protected]

Meanwhile, the AMTU and All Tribal Chiefs Forum, Manipur (ATCFM) had jointly submitted a memorandum last month to the Governor and the Chief Minister on the issue.

In its memorandum to the Chief Minister, AMTU and ATCFM said, “Due to the state government’s ban imposed on issuance of Gazette Recognition certificate/notification for many years, despite these odd 337 villages pay hill houses tax regularly to the state government, with due recommendations and clearances from the concerned district authorities, have not yet availed full-fledged recognition”.

The memorandum of AMTU to the Chief Minister then said that the matter is technically hampering the flow of development schemes and other flag-ship projects to such villages as Gazette Recognition copies with its notification numbers are mandatory as demanded by deemed concerned officials.

According to AMTU and ATCFM, all the tribal people of Manipur have realized the “realistic efforts of your esteemed” led BJP Government in developing the hill rural villages to uplift the livelihood economic level.

“As such, to reach out to such remote villages to ensure prompt development, Gazette Recognition documents are very essential. Therefore, your esteemed valued wisdom is hereby invoked to relieve the grievances of such poor villagers, through which they shall remain indebted to your good self,” the joint memorandum added.

Source: Morung Express

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