Minister Dingo’s residence stormed over ST demand

Minister Dingo’s residence stormed over ST demand

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Imphal: About 70 members from six organisations comprising World Meitei Council (WMC), IKAL, Kanglei Economic Development Organisation (KEDO), Kanglei Indigenous Martial Arts & Cultural Society (KIMACS),Meetei Students’ Association (MSA) and WUM led by executive members of Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee Manipur (STDCM) on Saturday stormed the official quarter of Social Welfare Minister Heikham Dingo located at Sanjenthong on Saturday.

The demonstration was a part of the sustained movement by STDCM demanding inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in the scheduled tribe list.

It may be mentioned that STDCM members along with like-minded organisations had earlier stormed the residences of MAHUD Minister Yumnam Khemchand Singh and CAF&PD Minister L. Susindro.

STDCM has already launched a serious of agitations in pursuit of its long pending demand. It has long been demanding the Government to give ST status to the Meitei community.

Social Welfare Minister H.Dingo said that the demand raised by STDCM would be granted by the State Government if the same is appropriate and reasonable. He assured that he will urge Chief Minister N. Biren Singh to discuss the matter in the next State Cabinet meeting.

STDCM Youth Wing Convenor Nameirakpam Edison said that in the past, the STDCM along with like-minded organisations were compelled to take up agitations to push for the ST status demand. He said committee along with its supporters and likeminded organisations have been storming residences of Ministers and MLAs in the past few days to intensify and renew the movement. The committee wants to know the responsibilities of the lawmakers visa-vis the pressing demand, he added.

Edison informed that CAF&PD Minister L. Susindro has given a positive response to the demand of the committee.

He said that as of now there is no decision of launching other forms of protest like general strike, but pledged that further delay in the fulfilment of the demand could result in a series of agitations in the coming days.

Before leaving the Minister’s official quarter, the STDCM and other CSO members shouted slogans in-front of the quarter gate.

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