Imphal: Normal life in Manipur has been affected following the 18-hour total shutdown imposed from December 27 midnight by the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee Manipur (STDCM). The committee has been demanding ST status for the state’s Meitei community. 

The shutdown was imposed after the state government failed to send the Meitei ethnographic report on the latest socio-economic survey to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs that the committee had demanded.

Since 2012, the committee has been demanding to enlist Meitei in Scheduled Tribe list and various agitations were carried out. However, the demand for inclusion in the ST list is yet to be addressed.

According to the committee, the Meitei community fulfils all the criteria to be recognised as Scheduled Tribe and enjoy constitutional safeguard.

Meanwhile, the shutdown has had little affect in the hill areas of Manipur, as people in the hill districts continued their Christmas celebrations without any disturbance.

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