The Zomi Students’ Federation (ZSA), Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) Tengnoupal branch, Joint Tribe Students’ Association (JTSA) said it will not endorse the 24-hour shut down and economic blockade of hill districts of Manipur called by All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur in connection with Hill Areas Committee, ADC Bill 2021 beginning November 20.
JTSA, a conglomerate of student bodies consisting of All Inpui Students’ Union (AISU), Liangmai Naga Katimai Ruangdi (LNKR), Rongmei Naga Students Organization Manipur (RNSOM), and Zeme Students’ Organizations Manipur (ZSOM) along with advisors, said it will not endorse the shut down called by ATSUM for the larger interest of the public.
It said in a press statement that the shutdown will not be applicable in its jurisdiction vis-a-vis NH-37, including Tamenglong and Noney and all national projects under JTSA.
While it said it support the endevours of the bill, JTSA maintained that the shutdown was not suitable and untimely as schools have just opened up after prolonged lockdowns, and given the festive season that is approaching. It also appealed State government to take necessary action and act at the best interest of the Tribals in Manipur.
ZSA and TSA Tengnoupal branch have also issued similar press release not to endorse the 24-hour shut down and economic blockade of Manipur. Thadou Students’ Association asked ATSUM leaders to reconsider the proposed shutdown in the larger interest of the public, especially the Hills.
ZSA in its official release pointed out that the “ADC Bill 2021 requires consultations and eliciting of opinions and comments from legal and constitutional experts before it is tabled at the House”. It also added that using shutdown and economic blockade to achieve our demands may turn counter-productive, further adding that all shops and offices shall remain open on November 20 under its juristic.