Monday, November 29, 1999

Manipur does not suppress Naga rights, says minister

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New Delhi, June 17 (PTI) Manipur government today termed as "false and unfounded" the allegation by Naga civil society groups that it was suppressing the rights of Nagas. "While the Naga Students Federation (NSF) and the All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM) claimed that the Autonomous District Council Act suppresses the tribal rights, the reality is however completely opposite," Manipur government spokesman and cabinet minister N Biren told reporters here. Biren said, "Manipur government could not do anything directly or independently in regard to framing any policies of tribals or hill districts as it is not permitted by the Constitution of India. "The Article 371 (C) of the Constitution provided a special provision for the five hill districts of Manipur inhabited by tribals like Nagas, Kukis, Paites, Hmras, Mizo, Kom and Chiru." He further said as per rules the state government cannot do anything in hill districts unless the policy framed by the government is cleared by the Hills Areas Committee (HAC) comprising 20 elected tribal MLAs. Even the state assembly cannot pass a bill relating to hill districts unless it is cleared by the HAC, he added. PTI ARU.

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