‘Mass Missed Call Campaign’ for ST status of Meetei/Meitei community set to kick off 

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Imphal: Meetei/Meitei Tribe Union is all set to launch a ‘Mass Missed Call Campaign’ as a part of their ongoing movement demanding the inclusion of the Meitei/Meetei community in the Scheduled Tribe list of the Indian Constitution. The Union will organise the month-long campaign from November 20 till December 20 in association with Kangleipak Kanba Lup, World Meetei Council, Salai Kanba Lup and Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee.

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During the ‘Mass Missed Call Campaign’, supporters are to dial the mobile number 873-204-2511. They will be greeted with a voice message requesting to forward one’s name and address.

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Meetei/Meitei Tribe Union secretary administration, Mutum Churamani has appealed for mass participation in the campaign which sets a target of at least 5 lakh missed calls. During a press briefing held at the Union office in Wangkhei Khunou, Imphal East on Saturday afternoon, Churamani said there are around 15 lakh Meetei/Meitei people but all of them do not use mobile phones. He said details recorded during the campaign will be used as proof to show the number of supporters to their demand. Meanwhile, Kangleipak Kanba Lup Secretary General Ngamkheingakpa Luwang stressed that the Meetei/Meitei community having its unique history and legacy, needs protection under the Constitution of India for the sake of its future generations.

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It may be noted that the prevailing violence in Manipur erupted on May 3, when a supposed peaceful rally against the order of the High Court of Manipur directing the state government to send a recommendation to the Union Tribal Affairs Ministry for enlisting the Meitei/Meetei community in the ST list took a violent turn in Churachandpur district.

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