In reference to the press note from United Naga Council (UNC) on Saturday, People’s Progressive Council (PPC), Manipur West district on Monday has appealed the United Naga Council (UNC) and its frontal organisations to review their decision not to accept the newly created four districts in Naga areas.
A release from PPC stated that the creation of Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) for new districts is not a political package but a legitimate right and demand of the people of the four hill districts to bring equal development and justice, adding that it is not against any group or individual in the state.
Stating that it is the bounden duty of every civil society or individual to fight for the socio-politico economic transformation rather than blaming the state authority, PPC derided the protest against the formation of Kamjong, Pherzawl, Tengnoupal and Noney districts as completely uncalled for.
The release further stated that people of the four newly created hill districts have been demanding the state government for the creation of separate ADCs. And the government had taken the decision to create the new districts in order to uplift the socio-politico and economic conditions of downtrodden people in the districts. The people of the four districts highly welcome the decision of the BJP led government, it said.
PPC also raised queries over the lackadaisical attitude of the Naga organisation allegedly towards the people of the four districts by standing in their way, blocking the future, and stabbing the democratic and constitutional rights of the people.
The decision of the state government was challenged in the form of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and Writ petition (WP) at the High Court of Manipur in 2017 by two Naga organisations and two individuals. However, the court dismissed the PIL and WP (C) number 422 of 2017, and it still stands dismissed, it mentioned.
In light of the above mentioned points, PPC appealed UNC and all its frontal organisations to review their decision in the larger interest of fellow tribal people of the four districts, and to avoid social unrest.