Sielmat (Manipur): The Government of Manipur today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Joint Action Committee Against Anti-Tribal Bills here in Churachandpur bringing hopes for a final settlement to find a solution to the land rights issue in the state that had threatened to divide the the hill tribes and the people in the plain areas.
The signatories include: H. Mangchinkhup, chief convener, JACAATB; B Dawngzalien Simte, President, Simte Tribe Council; Vanlalrinliana, President Mizo People Convention; Chinlunthang, President, United Zou Organisation; T Khailianthang, President, Young Paite Association; and H Pau Za Chin, President, Teddim Chin Union.
The Government of Manipur was represented by Chief Secretary O. Nabakishore Singh and A.N. Jha, Under Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India signed the document as witness. Read: Manipur Ethnic Tribes Agree to Bury Martyrs After 600 Days
Given below is the full texts of the memorandum of understanding.
Memorandum of Understanding signed between Government of Manipur and Joint Action Committee against Anti-Tribal Bills.
Churachandpur on 10th May 2017.
The State Government honours the sentiments of the Tribal people of Manipur after detailed discussion, the following understanding has been reached between Government of Manipur and JAC. Churachandpur: –
- The Ministry of Home Affairs. Government of India vide letter No 17/44/2015- Judl.& PP dated 11th May. 2016 conveyed to the State Government that the President of India withheld the ‘Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015. In respect of other two Bills, namely. “The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms (7th Amendment) Bill, 2015” and “Manipur Shops and Establishments (2nd Amendment) Bill. 2015” are pending with Government of India and any future course of action will be in consultation with stakeholders. In future, any new bill which affects the interest of indigenous tribal people, the state government will follow due procedure as laid down in the Constitution of India and relevant rules in consultation with all stakeholders.
- The State Government acknowledges the demands of the JACAATB regarding the administration of the indigenous tribal people of Manipur, and shall extend all possible help and cooperation in the tripartite talk with SoO groups where various other issues and interests of indigenous tribal people of Manipur will be protected.
- To provide ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and permanent employment to next of kin of dead persons on or before 25th May, 2017.
- To provide compensation of Rs. 50,000 to injured persons (48 persons) on or before 25th May, 2017.
- To provide employment to 8 disabled persons in the incident along with compensation of Rs 2 lakhs each on or before 25th May, 2017.
- State Government will provide financial assistance for establishment of Memorial Park at Lamka and a Memorial Hall at Singngat.
- The State Government acknowledges the demand for creation of a new district by the JACAATB for administrative convenience and better delivery of services to the people. This matter will be considered by the State Cabinet on submission of report by District Boundary Commission.
- State government shall ensure proper investigation on the incident of police firing and subsequent death of civilians and take up action as per law.
- It is also agreed to perform honourable burial of eight dead bodies by JACAATB on or before May 25, 2017.