Manipur anti tribal bills talks end with disappointment once again!

IMPHAL, April 11: Anti tribal bills became a bone of contention and violence erupted following the Manipur government’s adoption on August 31, 2015 of three landmark bills — Protection of Manipur Peoples Bill 2015, Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (seventh amendment) Bill 2015, and Manipur Shops and Establishment (second amendment) Bill 2015.

The second round of talks between the state government and Churachandpur-based Joint Action Committee Against Anti- Tribal Bills (JACAATB) was held at CM Secretariat on Monday.

Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and his Council of Ministers, Chief Secretary O Nabakishore, DGP LM Khaute , DC Churachandpur R Sudan represented the government while 14-member team of the Joint Action Committee(JAC) was led by its Chief Convenor Mangchinkhup.

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While speaking to reporters, a JAC leader said, “The talks ended without an agreement.” Talks between the two sides will continue further in the next round.

State government officials said the JAC’s key demands include Sixth Schedule for hill districts, withdrawal of a government order to create seven new districts, ex-gratia compensation of Rs ten lakh each for the next of kin of those killed in the 2015 Churachandpur violence along with a government job and compensation of Rs one lakh each for those injured in the incident.

Nine protesters were killed in police firing when the protest allegedly turned violent. Of the nine bodies, eight are still lying unclaimed in the Churachandpur District Hospital mortuary as a deadlock has persisted over the issues including burial of the bodies.

Source courtesy: www.easternmirrornagaland.com

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