Zomi Students' Federation (ZSF), General Headquarters, Thadou Students' Association, TSA Tengnoupal branch and The Joint Tribe Students' Association (JSTA) resolve not to endorse 24 Hr bandh called by All Tribal Students' Union (ATSUM) from November 20 in connection with The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill, 2021 though they support the bill
Zomi Students' Federation (ZSF), General Headquarters resolved not to endorse and support the proposed 24 hours total shut down called by All Tribal Students' Union (ATSUM) from November 20, 2021. ZSF says it would like to make it clear that The Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill, 2021 requires more consultations and eliciting of opinions and comments from legal and constitutional experts before it is tabled at the House. Press release from ZSF says, No doubt, the bill aims at the equitable and just development of the people of Manipur irrespective of valley and hills. However, resorting to shut down and economic blockade to achieve our demands where democratic means are yet to be exhausted may turn counter-productive. It may also be mentioned that calling of bandhs and total shutdown at this juncture is wrong-timed, ill-conceived and uncalled for as festive season is approaching which will only bring hardships to the poor and daily wage labourers. It may also be noted that ZSF is neither consulted nor taken into confidence to call the shutdown. Therefore, ZSF will not support the total shut down called by ATSUM and will remain ineffective within the jurisdiction of ZSF. All offices and shops shall remain open as usual, the press release added.
Thadou Students' Association, TSA Tengnoupal branch has also unanimously resolved not to endorse ATSUM shutdown in all the Thadou inhabitant areas of Tengnoupal District. Press release from the student body stated that, when livelihood is approaching normal from being lock down due to COVID-19 and people are striving hard to earn more for Christmas celebration such type of Shutdown, Economic Blockade at this time is not acceptable. The students body appeals to leaders of ATSUM to re-consider their propose Shutdown and Economic Blockades in the interest of the people particularly of Hills. It also says, though we understand and support the motive of the Bill we are totally against the proposed Shutdown and Economic Blockades at this juncture. Therefore, the proposed Shutdown and Economic Blockades call by ATSUM will not be effective in all Thadou areas of Tengnoupal District.
After a prolong discussion on the 24 hours total shut down called by ATSUM in connection to HAC ADC Bill 2021, The Joint Tribe Students' Association (JSTA), a conglomerate of students' bodies consisting of All Inpui Students Union (AISU), Liangmai Naga Katimai Ruangdi (LNKR), Rongmei Naga Students Organization Manipur (RNSOM) and Zeme Students Organizations Manipur (ZSOM) along with advisors also resolved not to endorse the 24 hours Total Shut Down called by ATSUM. Press release from the body says, it supports the endeavours of the bill and appeal the Government also to take necessary best action at the interest of the Tribal at the right time. While Festive season is approaching, every walks of life earning for their daily bread, and educational institutions beginning to open after a prolonged lockdown, ATSUM's total shutdown and economic blockade are deemed unsuitable, untimely and uncalled for. Therefore, the ATSUM's 24 hours declared bandh will remain ineffective along the full stretch of NH-37. Also all National Projects under JTSA jurisdiction shall remain working in full swing. All shops and offices shall remain open to public, added the press release.
On the other hand, Kuki Students' Organisation, Tengnoupal District, Kuki Students' Organisation, Jiribam and Tamenglong District, Kuki Students' Organisation, Ukhrul District, Joint Student Bodies Churachandpur and Kuki Students' Organisation Sadar Hills have supported the bandh called by ATSUM.