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Mnp tribal body for boundary restoration
Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 13:
Published on 14 Oct. 2010 12:40 AM IST
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Committee on Protection of Tribal Area Manipur (CoPTAM) has set a deadline till November for the state government to fulfill its demand for restoration of original boundaries of hill districts alleging that boundaries have been altered in some areas while conducting the first phase of the Census Operation. Chief minister, O. Ibobi Singh had earlier assured that the census exercises would be carried out in a transparent manner.
The apex body of various hill based civil bodies also resolved to boycott ministers and MLAs from hill districts till their demands were fulfilled by the government. It protection of status quo of the original hill district boundaries on the basis of village boundaries prior to General Census Operation, 2011.
CoPTAM is also demanding handing over of land records of the hill districts to the Autonomous District Councils of each districts, protection of land holding rights of the tribal people and devolution of adequate powers to the recently revived ADCs under appropriate Laws and Acts.
All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) brought up the matter at a meeting with the chief minister on Tuesday during which the latter assured that the government would do its best for a fair Census Operation in the state.
Meanwhile, CoPTAM held a consultative meeting in Churachandpur district headquarters Tuesday and resolved to intensify their ongoing agitations and boycotting of government offices in the hill districts.

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