Roll back dists stand : NSUD
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, December 12 2016:
Taking strong exception to the decision of the State Government to create seven new districts despite the earlier MoUs inked with various Naga civil society organisations that the Nagas will be consulted before creating any new district, the Naga Students' Union, Delhi (NSUD) has demanded the intervention of the Centre to make the Government of Manipur revoke the decision of creating the seven new districts.
Reaffirming its strong stand against the decision of the State Government to create the seven new districts, an emergency general body meeting (EGBM) was convened on December 10, said NSUD in a statement and added that a number of resolutions were adopted unanimously.
Demanding the immediate and unconditional release of UNC president Gaidon Kamei and information and publicity secretary SK Stephen, the EGBM demanded that not an inch of the traditional Naga territory should be transferred to other States or districts without the prior consent of the Naga people.
The legislative and executive decision of the State Government should not disrupt and infringe upon the long established rights and wishes of the people, further said NSUD and urged the Government of India to honour the Framework Agreement signed with the NSCN (IM) to resolve the long pending Indo-Naga issue.
The Government of Manipur should be held responsible for any unwanted repercussions, if the demands spelt out are not adhered to, added NSUD.
The EGBM also resolved to take out a mass protest rally on December 14 at Jantar Mantar against the decision of the Manipur Government to create seven new districts as well as against the arrest of the UNC leaders.
All the Nagas in Delhi have been urged to participate in the rally.
The four MoUs between the Government of Manipur and different Naga civil society organisations including student bodies were signed on December 14, 1981; November 10, 1992; September 27, 1996 and June 23, 1998, added NSUD.
A written assurance from the Chief Minister of Manipur was also given on November 24, 2011 in the presence of the Union Home Minister that no decision will be taken on the report of the district re-organisation committee without consulting all sections of the people and stakeholders including the bodies representing the Nagas.