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Manipur violence : Forum offers 'solutions'
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 01 2024: Meitei Resurgence Forum has proposed "solutions for permanent peace and stability" in Manipur.

In a statement, it said the National Register of Citizens (NRC) should be implemented with 1961 as the base year with documents obtainable by all genuine Manipur people as proof of citizenship.

The forum said special attention must be given to individuals who enlisted under the 'Any Kuki tribes' or Kuki in 2011 census and all records of tribe certificates with any indication of Kuki or 'Any Kuki tribes' or Kuki with a prefix of a family name.

Following are other "solutions" the forum proposes: Immediate removal of the 'Any Kuki tribes' and 'Mate tribe' from the list of Scheduled Tribes of Manipur.

"Exclude" Kuki or Any Kuki tribes and Mate in all future censuses.

Identify illegal immigrants in electors rolls and remove them Pass a Bill in Manipur Legislative Assembly not to recognise any new group of people as a tribe or scheduled tribe .

"Ban all Kuki armed groups (SoO groups) and Kuki organisations including Kuki Inpi, KSO, Kuki Chiefs Association, Kuki Khanglai Lawmpi (KKL) and all other Kuki organisations that have connections with Kuki separatism and Kuki terrorism.

"Ban foreign funding of Kuki Churches particularly the Kuki Christian Church (KCC), it's college Trulock Theological Seminary and monitor their financial transactions and organisational activities" .

Ban ITLF and CoTU (Committee on Tribal Unity) .

Freeze the bank accounts of all these Kuki organisations, including ITLF and CoTU.

Ban the book 'Zalengam' Land of the Kukis .

Monitor activities in social media platforms to check hate speeches and massages and take stern actions against those engaging in such activities, especially Government employees, elected Members and CSO leaders and also ban such media platforms.

"Consider reorganisation of districts of Manipur, redrawing Kuki-dominated district boundaries and merging them with hill or valley districts as suitable.

"Create a new Moirang district that will include plain areas of Churachandpur district, including Tuibuong and Sagang areas.

"Consider redrawing or adjusting Kuki-dominated ACs, particularly Saikot to be split as a large part of it can be merged with Moirang and Kumbi ACs and the remaining inner areas be merged with Singhat and Churachandpur town ACs" .

Pass a Bill to regulate and support SC/STs of Manipur where each tribe apex body will come under the purview of the State Government with a budget allocation for necessary expenditure pertaining to the development, advancement and organisation of each tribe.

State government to build a complex in Imphal where all tribe bodies will have their office to strengthen integrity and relationships among tribes of Manipur.

Strict implementation of Manipur Revenue Department prescribed guidelines for issuance of tribe/caste certificates; particularly Annexure A (7) (ii) proof of caste/tribe/class membership, which requires a certificate of membership in caste/tribe issued by president/secretary or any other competent authority of the association of the tribe/caste concerned.

Introduce a computerised system to record issuance of tribe/caste/domicile certificates.


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