Social workers increases in hills with ADC revived
Source: Hueiyen News Service / Newmai News Network

Imphal, October 04 2010: With the revival of the Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in Manipur hill districts few months ago, the number of social workers have increased to many-folds.

It appears that there is one contending candidate for every two house-hold in the hill districts of Manipur.

The urge to quench the political thirst seems to be the factor for the tribal folks who have been calling themselves social workers all this while.

The Autonomous District Council elections were held after a gap of two decades amidst severe controversy and opposition from certain quarters four months ago in the districts of Tamenglong, Ukhrul, Senapati, Chandel and Sardar Hills.

What are driving all the more for these ADC member aspirants to be in the fray in the next ADC polls have been the Scorpio and the Bolero jeeps with 'flag-posts' and 'beacon lights' or VIP lights atop their vehicles.

The concern that has arisen from this development is the scenerio of the society when everyone becomes a social leader.

A person without having a status is considered unfit to be in the fray for any election.

ADC is also considered by many people as a launching pad for contesting in the Assembly elections.

It is boon for persons who are novice and without much connection with the political stalwarts.

Meanwhile, with the Naga ADC members unable to tread into the hill districts because of the opposition from the United Naga Council (UNC), the state capital Imphal is flooded with Scorpios and Boleros with flag-posts and beacon lights.

The increase in the number of flag-posts vehicles is also due to the former ministers and MLAs started erecting flag-posts atop their vehcle bonnets of late.