Imphal: A joint meeting of All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM), All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM), Kuki Students’ Organisation-General Headquarters (KSO-GHQ) and federating units of ATSUM convened in Imphal on Friday resolved to serve a 7-day ultimatum to the Manipur government over new Autonomous District Council (ADC) bill 2021.
The meeting held in Imphal’s Adimjati complex under the chair of ATSUM president Paotinthang Lupheng deliberated the way forward activities of the ongoing “The Hills Areas Committee (HAC) recommended ADC bill 2021 movement.
The meeting thoroughly deliberated on ways for intensifying or sustaining the ongoing movement until the desired result is achieved.
The meeting resolved to reiterate the demand for convening a special session of the state Assembly to table ADC Bill 2021 recommended by Hill Areas Committee (HAC) of the state Assembly.
It also resolved to serve an ultimatum to the state government to meet the demand within seven days of time starting from November 13.
Failing to pay heed to the demand, the meeting resolved to impose a 24-hour total shutdown in the entire hill districts of the state on November 20.
In the event of no positive response received after the November 20 total shutdown, the meeting resolved to impose indefinite economic blockade along the national highways of Manipur from November 22, the meeting resolution circulated to media houses stated.
In August this year, the Hill Areas Committee (HAC) of Manipur Legislative Assembly recommended a new bill which they said it aims at devolution of more powers to the ADCs in hill districts.
However, the state government did not table the bill to the house of the state Assembly citing various legal issues that needed to be addressed before introducing it in the house.