Imphal: Symbolic protest was staged in tribal villages in Manipur Saturday by All Tribal Students’ Union of Manipur (ATSUM)to press on its demand for the tabling of the Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill, 2021, said a release from ATSUM.
“Such collective support demonstrated by all the tribal villages in the state to this Bill which envisage equity in development is extremely significant considering that they are the fundamental institutions of the tribal populace”, the release stated.
The release further added that the Bill aims to bridge the disproportionate development between hills and valley of the State without disturbing any constitutional rights of the non-tribal population in the State. ATSUM has every obligation to initiate and spearhead such tribal collective movement to secure our overdue rights and bridge our tribal disparity in development, the release added
It further went on to state that Saturday’s protest is the first step in rolling out “our tribal movement in the state after ATSUM has been endorsed and mandated by all the different tribal communities living in the state of Manipur. We will leave no stone unturned to realize our goals as envisaged and protected by the Constitution of India”.