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Manipur govt nod to conduct ADC elections

Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 5 | Publish Date: 4/5/2021 12:31:26 PM IST

Manipur government on Monday approved to conduct the due elections to the autonomous district councils (ADCs) in hill districts of the state on or before June 25, 2021.

 The state government agreed to conduct the due elections after a talk with representatives of All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) and Demand Committee for Creation of ADCs (Pherzawl, Kamjong, Noney and Tengnoupal) today.

 In the talk, the state government was represented by a ministerial team comprising PHE minister LosiiDikho, tribal affairs and hills (TA&H) minister VungzaginValte and chairman of Hill Areas Committee of state Assembly K Leishiyo.

 Officials of the concerned tribal affairs and hills also attended that meeting held in Imphal on Monday afternoon.

 “Subsequent to the meeting and after a detailed discussion with the relevant government departments, it has been decided to conduct the ADC elections on or before 25th June, 2021,” a government press note signed by additional chief secretary (TA&H) Letkhogin Haokip stated.

 The six ADCs covering the entire 10 hill districts of the state were superseded by the state government after the extended terms expired in November 2020.

 Citing COVID-19 pandemic as one of the main factors, the state government deferred the due elections to the six ADCs even as hill based civil society organisations and student bodies were pressing the state government to conduct the elections at the earliest.

Meanwhile, Demand Committee for Creation of ADCs threatened to boycott the elections to the ADCs if the state government did not create ADCs of four new hill districts (Pherzawl, Kamjong, Noney and Tengnoupal) which were created in 2016.

Alleging that the state government was doing nothing to conduct the due elections, ATSUM resumed agitations from Monday.

To mark the resumption of the agitations, members of the apex body of the tribal student bodies commenced its two-day picketing of government offices in all hill districts.

They closed down government offices, banks and post offices in hill districts.

ATSUM, in a press communiqué dispatched to the media late tonight, announced that the resumed agitations will continue while alleging that no agreement was reached during today’s talk with the government.

 

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