Imphal: Ahead of the ensuing Assembly elections in Manipur next month, the National People’s Party (NPP) on Sunday released its party manifesto titled ‘People’s Action Document 2022′.

The manifesto, drafted by National People’s Youth Front national president Ratika Yumnam in consultation with NPP central leaders, was released at MAYOL, Iroisemba in Imphal West. The People’s Action Document 2022 contains 150 commitments in 13 different sectors which include political issues, economic and finance, education, environment, healthcare, gender justice, youth, sports, arts and culture, rural economy, tourism, infrastructure and effective governance mechanism.

The NPP is keenly aware that key issues such as indigenous rights, AFSPA, universal access to quality healthcare, education, climate change and environment needs to be urgently addressed.

The party promises to work towards the repeal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, from Manipur and also to reach out to all stakeholders to ensure indigenous rights of all communities are protected.

The NPP also assured to focus on dialogue process with insurgency groups and non-state actors for sustained peace in the state and the region. 

In terms of a stable economy and finance in the state, the party said it will work towards securing the agro-based industries, fishery sector, tourism sector and human resource development for economic resurgence of the state.

The manifesto further promises that the NPP will focus on quality education, rather than quantity outputs and will assess the existing school curriculum and revamp them with special focus on inclusion of indigenous histories, linguistic diversity, gender sensitivity among others.

The party will also work towards banning of monoculture such as palm oil plantation in forest areas and set up biodiversity committee comprising of experts for better research and conservation of bio-reserves and curbing of bio-piracy.

Meanwhile, sources from the party informed that the first phase of the candidates list for the upcoming elections to the Manipur Legislative Assembly will be announced on Monday evening.

On Saturday, the opposition Congress party released its first list of 40 candidates for the Manipur assembly polls, of which 29 are from the hills and 11 are from the valley districts.

Manipur will go to polls on February 27 and March 3 in two phases.

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