Imphal: The Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO) in Manipur, on Tuesday, announced a total shutdown across the state from March 26-27 to protest against the state government’s decision to delete ‘Any Kuki Tribe’ from the recognised Scheduled Tribes’ (ST) list.

The state government, in its cabinet meeting on October 19, 2018, approved a decision for deletion of ‘Any Kuki Tribes’ from the recognised ST list.

Earlier, the student body submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister N Biren Singh and urged him to halt the deletion process to avoid any confrontation.

Terming the decision as wanton and unwarranted, the body stated that the state’s decision is bound to meet with severe resistance as it would deprive thousands of people of their status as a recognised ST under the Constitution of India.

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Speaking to the media, KSO President Paotinthang Lupheng said that despite the appeal made by KSO to halt any further process for deletion of Any Kuki Tribes, the state government hitherto fails to react favourably.

“To make the government listen to our grievances and to demonstrate our opposition to the government decision, we are constrained to impose total shutdown on March 26 and 27,” he added.

The body also demands the state government to uphold and respect an act of constitution and allow the Any Kuki Tribes to retain their status as recognised under the Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes orders (Amendment) Act, 2002 (No.10 of 2003) Part X.

Resolving to oppose any decision of the state government that threatens the status of its people be it Any Kuki Tribes or any other Kuki tribes recognised under the Constitution of India, the body further stated that today it is Any Kuki Tribes that the government wants to delete and tomorrow it could be the Simte, Zou, Thadou or other Kuki tribes. At present, 32 sub-tribes subscribe to Any Kuki Tribes in Manipur, it said.

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