Imphal: The Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee for Manipur (STDCM) has resolved to halt the ongoing protest for the inclusion of indigenous Meetei/Meitei in the ST list as per the Indian constitution on account of the recent hike in Covid cases in the State.
In a press statement issued on Monday, STDCM said the committee has been demanding the inclusion of Meetei/Meitei in the ST list under Article 342(1) of the Indian constitution.
It said the onus lies on the State Government to send recommendations on the ethnographic and latest socio economic survey report to the Centre for inclusion of Meitei/Meeitei in the ST list but unfortunately it has neglected the task, thus bringing utter disappointment to the people.
In condemnation of the government’s inaction, STDCM had organised sit-in- protests in local clubs and localities in different districts from March 20 last demanding the government to send the requisite recommendations to the Central Government, it said.
The sit-in-protest had commenced at Thangmeiband Improvement club at Lilasing Khongnangkhong followed by other areas of Thangmeiband, Uripok, Tera Keithel, Singjamei in Imphal West district and areas of Nambol Keithel, Oinam Keithel, Bishnupur Keithel, Moirang Khunou, Thamnapokpi, Sangang Laingoubi in Bishnupur district, it conveyed.
The release said keeping in view the rapid surge in Covid cases in the State, the committee has resolved to halt the protest following the restrictions imposed by the State Government to control the second wave of Covid-19 in the State.
Saying that prevention from the virus is the main priority of the people, STDCM demanded the government to send the recommendations to the Centre at an appropriate time, failing which the committee will resort to take up various modes of agitation.