International Peace and Social Advancement in a meeting held today at IPSA office in Imphal’s Keishampat has outrightly rejected Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Council Bill 2021 citing that it imposes threat communal co-existence and territorial integrity of Manipur.
Speaking to media, IPSA President Tourangbam Birjit said that the bill cannot be even tabled in the house claiming that the bill was pre-planned by Hill Areas Committee and it has the potential of bringing unrest in the state.
Khuraijam Athouba, IPSA Vice Presiden said, the organisation nor the people of the valley is against any civilians of the hill areas but the hill leaders are misleading them pointing out that the bill includes provisions under the 6th Schedule of Indian Constitution, which the people of Manipur have been objecting to, he maintained.
Athouba said ADC bill 2021 seeks to force Naga Autonomous Council and Kuki Greater Autonomy and it will bring unrest among ethnic groups who have been living together in Manipur for over 2000 years and a big threat to the State’s territorial integrity.
Urging the state leaders to consider the disastrous impact the bill can bring once it is passed, Athouba informed that IPSA will hold a public discourse on the bill.
It may be mentioned that Manipur Legislative Assembly Hill Areas Committee had recommended to pass the bill in the ongoing Assembly Session.