On May 3 ATSUM to hold solidarity march protesting for Meiteis

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On May 3 ATSUM to hold solidarity march protesting for Meiteis

Manipur: The All Tribal Students Union, Manipur (ATSUM) will organize a solidarity march on May 3 protesting against the demand to include the Meitei community in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category.

The protest march will be taken out in the hill districts of Senapati, Ukhrul, Kangpokpi, Tamenglong, Churachandpur, Chandel and Tengnoupal under the banner of ‘Come now think together’.
In an official memorandum on April 27, the ATSUM furthered its decision to hold a solidarity march on May 3, saying, “And WHEREAS, the meeting of the ATSUM on April 27, 2023, in view of the critical nature of the situation Considered and approved by the meeting. Tribal Students Organizations of Manipur had decided to organize Tribal Solidarity March on 3rd May 2023 in all hill districts on 21-04-2023 titled “ Let’s think together now.”
The meeting also constituted a district level coordination team to facilitate the grand success of the proposed march in each hill district with the assigned responsibilities of (1) coordination with the APEX organization of the concerned district (2) resources. Mobilizing (3) Mobilizing participants. (4) effective media coverage of the event and (5) other necessary arrangements required for the event.
In a press conference held at the Manipur Press Club on April 27, STDCM president Dhiraj Yumnam said that according to a writ petition filed by some other groups, the Manipur High Court has directed the state government to He was directed to take necessary steps to include it. Meitei or Meetei in the ST list within four weeks from the date of receipt of the court order on 27 March 2023.
But if the state government did not comply with the court’s direction, the committee would resume the agitation with more intensity, he warned.
He recalled that since 2013, the STDCM had been demanding the inclusion of Meitei or Meetei in the ST list. As part of its movement, representations and memorandums were also submitted to central leaders. In response to this, on 29 May 2013, the Government of India asked the State Government to send necessary recommendations, socio-economic census and ethnic reports of Meitei or Meeteis. But unfortunately the state government did not take any necessary steps.

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