UNC takes 'Alternative Arrangement' slogan to Ukhrul denizens
Source: The Sangai Express / Addie Chiphang

Ukhrul, September 01 2010: Close on the heels of the recent resolution to sever all ties with the Government of Manipur, the United Naga Council (UNC) organised a day-long awareness campaign on 'Alternative Arrangement' here at Town hall today with the main objective to sensitise the public on how to be self-reliant.

Hosted by Tangkhul Naga Long, the campaign was participated by representatives of ANSAM, UNC, Naga Hoho and different frontal organisations of the district in the jam packed hall.

The main resource persons who spoke on the occasion were�Convener of Committee on Alternative Arrangement, Dhori, UNC vice president Somimayar, General secretary of ANSAM Reisangpem Shaiza, Adani Choro, Chingya Luithui and representatives of Naga Women's Union Manipur.

The resource persons spoke on issues relating to the present situation and circumstances leading to the final commitment to set up a committee on alternative arrangement to highlight their case against the Manipur Government before the world.

One of the resource persons in the side line of the programme said, the voice of the Naga people which has been raised loud and clear is that we the people are dead opposed to the ADC election imposed on the hill people without any amendment to secure the rights of the Tribal people over their land.

The right to self governance which has been enshrined in the Indian Constitution was totally erased by denying the rights of the tribals through the 3rd amendment of the District Council Act of 2008, he rued.

The CAA maintained that it will uphold the Tahamzan declaration to sever all ties with the Manipur State Government and all the dominant organisations and individuals who collude with the State Government until the history and situation of the Nagas are acknowledged and accorded with due respect.

Making its stand clear, the committee said, the present drive of the Nagas is a people's movement and will continue till their aspirations are achieved, adding that they have nothing to do with the communal dominant Govt of Manipur as they have severed political ties with it and for which reason they have embarked upon securing an alternative arrangement.

The programme, moderated by Naga Hoho former vice president Somipam Lungleng was followed by a discussion hour later in the evening.