Imphal: MLA Leishiyo Keishing, chairman of the Hill Areas Committee (HAC), has lauded the state government for taking “matured and positive steps” regarding the contentious Manipur (Hill Areas) Autonomous District Councils Bill 2021.

Speaking exclusively to EastMojo, the HAC chairman said, “There should always be dialogue to hammer out all the differences. And the initiative taken by the government is well appreciated.”

This statement comes following a mutual agreement between the state government led by additional chief secretary Letkhogin Haokip and tribal student leaders of All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM), All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) and Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO HQ), on Thursday. 

PHED minister L Dikho, YAS and water resources minister Letpao Haokip, tribal affairs and hills minister Vungzagin Valte and other officials of tribal affairs and hills department also attended the meeting.

The state government has agreed to introduce the proposed ADC Bill 2021 in the upcoming Winter Session of the Assembly after completing the due process of law.

Moreover, both the parties have agreed that a discussion between the HAC and the state government will be held on November 30 on the draft of the bill.

Meanwhile, the tribal student organisations suspended their ongoing indefinite economic blockade along the National Highways for the time being after the government released the arrested tribal student leaders without any conditions on Thursday evening. The economic blockade in the state had started from November 22.

It may be mentioned that there was a lot of hue and cry in the hill districts of Manipur following the arrest of 11 tribal student leaders at Nungba in Tamenglong district over the contentious ADC Bill.

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