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Concern with Govt's reliance only on electronic means

August 24, 2016.



The Centre for Research and Advocacy, Manipur (CRAM), an indigenous peoples’ organization promoting sustainable development and human rights of indigenous peoples of Manipur would like to urge upon the Government of Manipur to undertake a comprehensive approach to ensure the rightful participation of all indigenous peoples of Manipur in formulating a policy or a Bill towards protecting the rights of Indigenous peoples of Manipur and in regulating the entry or exit of non-indigenous populations in Manipur.

CRAM expresses concern with the Government’s reliance only on electronic means of receiving comments for the new proposed policy, the Manipur Regulation of Non – Local people Act, 2016 and it will not prove an effective measure for ensuring full participation of the indigenous communities of Manipur. It is also extremely important to insist on other means and ways to seek wider inputs of peoples.

Moreover, Internet is inaccessible in interior areas of Manipur. The preparation of the bill must undertake mandatory consultations with the leaders and representatives of the different indigenous community, from legal fraternity, intellectuals, village authorities and others concerned to protect and defend the land and rights of the indigenous peoples in Manipur.

The Government should organize consultations at district headquarters, with representatives of all community representatives and leaders, which we believe, will enormously facilitate in seeking meaningful comments based on the wish and aspirations of communities. The need for a wider consultation and involvement of indigenous communities in policy framing is critical for a multi-ethnic community like Manipur, with myriad wishes and aspirations.

CRAM would also like to affirm importance of assessing the key causative factors and reasons of massive influx of non indigenous population in Manipur and also to respond to such factors.

Introduction of mega-dams, oil exploration, mining, tourism, railways, road projects and others infrastructure in the state will also contribute in disturbing the indigenous demography in the state, as non-indigenous peoples are relied for such massive development works. Promoting indigenous peoples Rights over their land and resources and seeking their free, prior and informed consent before any forms of land alienation for development or other purposes, would be crucial for protection of indigenous peoples over their land in Manipur.

The United Nation’s Declaration on rights of the indigenous people, 2007 also highlights the inevitable need for the indigenous people’s participation in decision making process with regard to the policies that would impact their land and resources. CRAM would like to urge the Government of Manipur to respect and honour the views of indigenous communities and to ensure that the new policy for protection of indigenous peoples is framed with their rightful participation and consent. A participatory process in governance and policy formulations can indeed contribute in fostering long term peace and stability in Manipur.

Sincerely Yours,

Sanaton Laishram
President
Centre For Research And Advocacy, Manipur (CRAM)
Sega Road Hodam Leirak, Imphal, Manipur - 795001, India
Website: www.cramanipur.org


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This Press Release was posted on August 25 2016

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