Dimapur, May 14 (MExN): The United Naga Council of Manipur (UNC) has issued a statement today directing all Naga peoples and their organizations in the Naga areas in Manipur state not to “entertain” any Manipur government leader and even apparatuses and figures of governance.
The UNC issued the statement notifications in reiteration of the organization’s July 1, 2010 declaration of the Naga People’s Convention.
The UNC reiterated that no tribal, range and village level organisations and individuals should “entertain/associate” with the nominated, elected, uncontested ‘MDCs’ who “defied the Naga people’s call through the UNC not to participate in the imposed ADC election of 2010.” This directive may be strictly implemented in letter and spirit by all concerned, the UNC stated.
Further, the council said there is no objection or intent to disturb any development works in the Naga areas which can very well be supervised and monitored by the designated officials/professionals and also by the Naga public. “However, no ministers or MLAs of the ruling party of the Government of Manipur would be welcomed in the Naga areas. Their presence is not required and development works can proceed without their intrusion and definitely better without their interference.”
All frontal organisations, tribe organisations, range and village level organisations and individuals are directed not to entertain or associate with or confer recognition or provide public platform to the ministers of Manipur state and also to Naga MLAs and ministers who defied the resolution of the joint meeting of the United Naga Council, frontal organisations and political parties held on December 15, 2011.
On developmental programs, the UNC stated that the NREGS is a programme intended to empower the villages with direct funding through wages for man-days of labour. “When the funds are supposed to be directly given to the villages, the GoM is trying to hoodwink the tribals by using middlemen, the MDCs to handle 25% of the funds. This is not devolution of power but deprivation of the powers of the village councils/chiefs, who take care of the administration in the village,” the UNC stated.
All village chiefs/authorities are directed to reject and disallow the “design of the GoM to deduct 25% of the NREGS fund and to divert the same to the ADCs when 100% of the funds is fully due to the villages.”
The UNC asserted that “in the guise of development of public facilities and infrastructures”, the Manipur government is trying to ‘encroach upon tribal lands by obtaining documents for transfer of land to the GoM.’
The organization stated in one length – “The protection against land alienation of the tribals is vested in the Hill Area Committee under 371C of the Indian constitution. All village authorities are therefore directed not to transfer ownership of any area of land in their jurisdiction to the state government for any purpose, be it under the SSA, EGS programme or any other development programmes although they can rightly allot required areas of land for construction of school complexes or other infrastructures and stand continuing guarantee for usage of the land for the purpose for which it was allotted.”
All in concern are asked to stringently ‘follow up the above directives in their respective jurisdictions.’