MLR&R (7th Amendment) Bill 2015 impinges upon tribal rights: ATSUM
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, August 30 2015 : All Tribal Students' Union Manipur (ATSUM) has claimed that the proposed Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reform Act (7th Amendment Bill 2015) is a ploy to annul the existing Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reform Act 1960 under Section 158 .

In a statement ATSUM president Muan Tombing and general secretary Vareiyo Shatsang said that the union has submitted a memorandum to Governor Dr Syed Ahmed stating that the student body representing the whole tribal people of Manipur would like to bring forward its position and apprehension of the present movement for the introduction of Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) in Manipur being initiated by the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (ILPS).

A Bill rechristened as 'The Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015' is likely to be passed in the Manipur Legislative Assembly as its 40 members from the dominant Meitei Community are against 20 minority tribal members.

The proposed Bill is being drafted as per the wish and whims of the above mentioned Committee without any representation from the tribal Assembly Members, ATSUM claimed in the memorandum to the Governor.

The statement informed that historically, the Hill tribes in the present Manipur were never ruled by the Manipur Raja.

In fact, it was the British who brought the hill areas within the fold of Manipur and engaged with them indirectly through the British Political Agent.

Even after Manipur was annexed after the Palace Uprising (1891), the hill areas were not brought under the Raja, but kept under the President of Darbur, the post reserved for a British Officer.

Only after the Kuki Uprising (1917 � 1919), the British introduced new administrative arrangement for the hill areas by dividing into 4 (four) Sub � Divisions - each with a British Officer In - Charge stationed at the Sub � Divisional Headquarters.

Through the said system of administration it was changed from time-to-time, the separate administrative governance was continued even after the Manipur Merger Agreement was signed with the Government of India in 1949.In short the tribal people of Manipur are under separate administrative setup since British era and, much before the Indian Independence (1947) or the Merger Agreement of Manipur to the Union of India in 1949, ATSUM insisted.

When Manipur was about to be conferred statehood in 1972, there was an apprehension that the interest of the tribal would be at stake.

So, the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act, 1971 was enacted by the Parliament to address the issue as a measure.

The Hill Areas of Manipur and its people are also protected by the Hill Areas Committee which is constitutionally envisaged under Article 371C of the Indian Constitution.

But as this Committee has no longer Legislative and Judiciary powers, it cannot function to its intended provision of safeguarding the interest of the tribal in the Hill Areas of Manipur, the tribal student body added in the memorandum.

"Given the background of the tribal people, who are being marginalized in their ancestral homeland due to absence and lack of political autonomy to safeguard their interest like other people in the Northeast India, we would like to state that the demands for Inner Line Permit System (ILPS) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) status for the already advanced Meitei community, declaration of the whole of Manipur as 'Hill State/Tribal State' and extension of Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reform Act (1960) to the whole State of Manipur are all ambiguous and not appropriate at all," it said.

Furthermore, all these demands are designed with an intention to make all the above mentioned issues interlinked as to empower the dominant community against the interest of the minority tribals, the union said.

"We would also like to point out here that, the tribal of Manipur and its mandated Civil Societies (Students, Youth, Women, Chiefs and the Apex Bodies) are not at all consulted by the JCILPS before launching their intensive movement.

The State Cabinet also did not have the courtesy to consult the Hill Areas Committee even though the issue is very much relevant to the hill-tribal people as it is for the plain people of Manipur," it added.

It said the student wing of the JCILPS also does not have the courtesy of at least informing the ATSUM of their involvement in the movement.

ATSUM is pained to the heart to silently see the closure of all educational institutions of Manipur for the last almost 2 months.

"We are saying this not just because hundreds of tribal students are affected but the reckless and wanton display of the JCILPS has done colossal damage to the student community which in fact, is a violation of the Right to Education Act 2009," the union further said.

As the tribals are nowhere involved in the proposed ILPS, even if it is passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly, it should cover Valley Areas only as it is being proposed and propagated by the Meiteis of the valley.

The tribal people also feel the demand for the ILPS and its enforcement in the entire State of Manipur, which is aimed at having a uniform law for both Valley and Hills is a ploy designed to serve the interest of a particular community, ATSUM said.

It claimed that the enforcement of ILPS will certainly pave way for marginalization of the hill tribals and alienation from their ancestral land.

Advocating certain indigenous tribal people of Manipur as outsiders/foreigners by the propagators of the movement is a living example of this assertion.

The proposed Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reform Act (seventh Amendment Bill 2015) is a ploy to annul the existing Manipur Land Revenue & Land Reform Act 1960 under Section 158, which requires the Deputy Commissioner to first secure the consent of the Autonomous District Council members within whose jurisdiction the land lies for transfer/purchase of land belonging to tribalsa and to non-tribals, the union said, adding that for these reasons, the proposed bill was drafted specifically under Section 14A (1 � 5).Once this bill is enacted then Section 14A (1 � 5) of the bill would be fully implemented in toto, whereas, the existing Section 158 of the Principal Act will be purposely ignored/overlooked.

(Enclosed - Part V, Chapter XIII of the Principal Act (MLR & LR), 1960, Section 158), the union said.

"We, therefore, request your good office not to give your assent to the Bill likely to be passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly in the immediate future as the same is going to impede on the rights and privileges of the tribal people of Manipur," it said.

It added the peoples' government succumbing to the violent protest and pressure tactics employed by the Meiteis under the JCILPS will also definitely send a wrong and negative signal to the peoples of the State and country.

The consent and approval of the Hill Areas Committee (HAC) may also be sought as the same is very much related to the welfare of the Hill Areas of the state.

This representation is therefore placed before your goodself to make an official executive order so as to implement the power and function of the HAC independently as per Article 371C and to exercise your discretion in the spirit of Article 371(2); 371A [1(b)]; 371C (1) and 371F (g) to secure the proper functioning of the Hill Areas Committee which will go a long way in strengthening the interest of the State, ATSUM urged.

* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.

  • My daily prayer to Modi Bhagwan
  • Violence in Manipur 2023-2024 : Timeline
  • Voting & Development : A new strategy
  • More infection-prevention options but...
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Sekmaijin
  • Job Openings at SAS Skills, Imphal
  • The Power of Poppy - 40 :: Poem
  • Manipur Kanba Khongchat #3 : Gallery
  • Compassion, empathy can restore peace
  • Totomsana Nongshaba to be inaugurated
  • Putting people first means following Gandhi
  • Assessment of cage culture on Maphou
  • Hotspots of trouble in North East India
  • Seeking a date with PM Modi
  • Puja Khedkar case: Opening the can of worm
  • Re-Interpretation of Subika Art of Manipur
  • International Day of Yoga #2 : Gallery
  • India refugee policy: Rohingyas Vs Chin-Kuki
  • Haats (Weekly Markets) of Guwahati
  • Shillong gears up to host Durand Cup
  • Lip care during Monsoon
  • Gaikhangam in his elements, again
  • The death of a Chiru man
  • Anti-Repression Day @ MDU #1 : Gallery
  • You are wrong, but it's okay
  • Growing call for 100-100-100 to end AIDS
  • Pelvis as the body's emotional junk drawer!
  • World Youth Skills Day & our environment
  • Insanity at its worst
  • 55 kms per day on Imphal-Jiri stretch
  • Justice Kotiswar: First among equals
  • Kang Chingba @Govindajee #2 : Gallery
  • Introducing Thang-Ta in school curriculum
  • N Kotiswar - Judge Supreme Court of India
  • Meitei Professors' Invention Patent [Upd]
  • Boeing crisis hits India, air fares to shoot up
  • Scholarship: Rs 4 crore for civil service
  • Out on the streets against extortions
  • Mandate against party-hopping
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #10
  • Bamboo Bio-toilets at Champu Kangpok
  • Decarbonisation for human survival
  • Book Release to promote physical education
  • "ST status for Meetei" @ Langmeidong
  • Condemns the Killing of CRPF Jawan
  • Rahul Ji, let us talk solution
  • Targeting Central security personnel
  • The monster outgrowing its creator
  • Aftermath of Imphal Flooding #2 : Gallery
  • World Plastic Surgery Day 2024
  • A new front of 'power politics' in Nagaland
  • 2nd Meghalaya Pineapple Fest at Delhi
  • Super 20 batch for UPSC 2025 announced
  • Why is PM not meeting Manipur leaders ?
  • Justice to displaced people
  • Imphal Art College Exhibition #1 : Gallery
  • Scholarship for Johnstone Hr Sec given
  • Will #PutPeopleFirst drive HIV response?
  • Open Letter to Amit Shah, Home Minister
  • The Power of Poppy - 39 :: Poem
  • World Population Day 2024
  • Beating of the Retreat #3 : Gallery
  • Liar's lair :: Poem
  • The Richest Man in Imphal
  • Gamcha, the Assamese Scarf
  • Meghalaya Govt launches OTT platform
  • Comprehensive Coverage in NE Telecom
  • Battered and tattered roads
  • Let there be transparency
  • Kanglei Thokpa @ Sagol Kangjei : Gallery
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2024 #3: Gallery
  • Historic Premiere: 'Chilli Chicken' at Manipur
  • Effective Unified Command for Resolution
  • Music & Quiz: Drug Abuse amongst youth
  • Visionless and headless DMU
  • When is the right time & situation for PM visit
  • Descent of Radha-Krishna #37: Download
  • Inspirations from Scientists of Manipur: Book
  • Manipur crisis: Treat the disease, not symptom
  • 133rd Durand Cup Trophies Flags Off
  • NEET droppers vs freshers
  • Death : Only future to look at ?
  • Mental health of displaced people
  • Aftermath of Imphal Flooding #1 : Gallery
  • When was the last time we smiled ?
  • Appeal to Stop Unbearable Monetary Demand
  • 'Oppenheimer' links with Supreme Science
  • 'Preventing from holding a press conference'
  • Travel tips during Monsoon
  • Look at it via ground reality
  • Making the 'Balak Buddhi' wiser
  • Kang Chingba @Govindajee #1 : Gallery
  • Release Ebo Mili & Stop large dams in ArP
  • Rainforests are the lungs of Earth
  • Education suffering from political interference
  • Inflated bill main vote plank, law dont cut graft
  • From the Lok Sabha to Manipur
  • Third visit of Rahul
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #9
  • International Day of Yoga #1 : Gallery
  • Lord Jagannatha's processional chariot fest
  • World Zoonoses Day 2024
  • PM 'bola' in Parliament
  • Acknowledging the stand of UNC
  • Embracing tree plantation as a new trend
  • 17th N Tombi Equestrian C'ships #2 : Gallery
  • The spirit & the creed of the Olympics
  • Kang Chingba (Rath Yatra) : Book
  • 'Economic blockade: Rumors baseless'
  • The Power of Poppy - 38 :: Poem
  • Balancing children's academic performance
  • Imphal flooded (again) [Jul 3] #2 : Gallery
  • Covid, Ngari, Yu and Loktak
  • Rural people struggling with network problem
  • English certificate courses for BA student
  • 6th July is International Day of Cooperatives
  • Clogging the waterways with plastics
  • Diverting public attention from core issues
  • Manipur Kanba Khongchat #2 : Gallery
  • Gateway of Assam
  • Integrating GIS & EWS for flood management
  • The Dopamine overdose
  • Free workshop on civil service exams
  • Bucket of cold water after a hot shower
  • Breaking the silence
  • Imphal flooded (again) [Jul 3] #1 : Gallery
  • Embracing 'Sharra - Kashar-ot'
  • Drug abuse & illicit trafficking in Manipur
  • Nudity being served to increase followers
  • Record high temperature
  • Bangladesh FM Hasan Mahmud's Riyadh visit
  • Indigenous call for NRC
  • Come home to the electorates
  • Meiteis must unite for survival
  • Flood advisories issued
  • State & District Control Rooms
  • Green Hydrogen for a clean environment
  • Need for an Emergency
  • Monsoons beauty
  • Calling out the indifference of Delhi
  • Questioning the silence with a roar
  • Birth Centenary of Jananeta Irabat, 1996 : #8
  • Problem & prospect of floriculture in Manipur
  • WomenLeaders India Fellowship 2024-25
  • Naga Peace Talks and Narasimha Rao
  • Arunachal Minister visits Oil Palm @Godavari
  • Clear cut stand from the Nagas
  • Crisis resolution in 100-day plan ?
  • Great June Uprising @Kekrupat #2 : Gallery
  • Manipur: A battleground of imperial geopolitics
  • Wangkhem Suresh @ Higher Defence Course
  • Shoppers Stop's 1st Store in Dimapur
  • Stop razing rail station, divert 25k Cr to Signal
  • Has Imphal completely lost the plot ?
  • Time to take responsibility
  • Tarpon chaklen katpa @ Andro #3 : Gallery
  • July Calendar for Year 2024 : Tools
  • Letter to Prime Minister of India
  • International Day of Parliamentarism
  • Skill Development Course at Lumshnong
  • The Power of Poppy - 37 :: Poem
  • Radio E-pao: Manipuri Film OST (130+ song)
  • Manipur Kanba Khongchat #1 : Gallery
  • Multiple Openings @ JCRE Solutions
  • Our mass addiction to predicting future
  • Bonsai - A play with another aspect : Review
  • Timely diagnosis to stop misuse of medicines
  • Impactful tool- Instagram marketing strategy
  • Essence of the June 28 rally
  • Birds of the same feather
  • Scientist of Manipur: Satyendra Thoudam
  • Education and the fate of Manipur
  • Centre not mind talking to Kitovi or Alezo
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Nambol
  • Why Bangladesh urge military diplomacy
  • MoU : Assam Don Bosco Univ with Cambridge
  • Understanding beyond the coup
  • Donning the role of LoP
  • Rally @ Jiribam [June 26] : Gallery
  • Umananda Island- World smallest river island
  • Breaking the impasse
  • Fantasies of a sinister childhood
  • Program: developing women entrepreneurship
  • Microlearning is impacting talent acquisition
  • Looking for the way forward
  • The message
  • Moirangthem Robi - Mr Universe India 2022
  • Parthenium Menace in Indo-Myanmar : Book
  • Respect & recognise domestic worker
  • "ST status for Meetei" at Hiyanglam
  • One test not for India
  • Include tomatoes in your skincare routine
  • Raising ST call a notch or two higher
  • United in grief, but...
  • Panthoibi Phijol Hongba @Mandalay : Gallery
  • Indo-Naga Talks (From 2012) :: Timeline
  • Great June Uprising @Kekrupat #1 : Gallery
  • Ema Panthoibi Phijol Hongba at Mandalay
  • Ibudhou Cheng Hongba #1 : Gallery
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #3 : Gallery
  • Aid to relief camps @ Jiribam : Gallery
  • Bike Rally - Sekmai to Kangla : Gallery
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #2 : Gallery
  • Scientist of Manipur: Laishram Shanta
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #3 : Gallery
  • Ima Keithel flood- May 30 #1 : Gallery
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #2 : Gallery
  • Imphal valley districts flooded #1 : Gallery
  • HSLC (Class X) 2024 : Full Result
  • HSLC 2024 : Important Info & Grading System
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Private Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Aided Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Pass % : Govt Schools
  • HSLC 2024 : Statistical Abstract
  • HSLC 2024 : Comparative Statement
  • Scientist of Manipur: Jayanta Manoharmayum
  • Scientist of Manipur: Amom Ruhikanta
  • Preserving Thang-Ta :: Rare Photos
  • Malemnganbi Laishram : Science Topper
  • Thokchom Sheityajit : Arts Topper
  • Aiena Naorem : Commerce Topper
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Science Topper
  • HSE 2024 : Subject Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : District Pass Percentage
  • HSE 2024 : Candidates with Highest Marks
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Science Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Arts Full Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024: Commerce Result
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Arts Topper
  • Hr Secondary Exam 2024 : Commerce Topper
  • Nupi Landa Thaunaphabishing : Full Book
  • A ferocious hailstorm @Imphal : Gallery
  • Scientists of Manipur : Ngangkham Nimai
  • GHOST of PEACE :: Download Booklet
  • List of Kings of Manipur: 33 - 1984 AD