Alleging that most of the JACs and CSOs in the past were tempted by cash to end their movement, chairman of Indian Red Cross Society, Manipur state branch, Dr Y Mohen, on Saturday stressed the need for CSOs to be a neutral and an independent body.
He was delivering the chief guest speech during a one-day conference on "The Role and responsibility of civil society in the conflict situation of Manipur" held at MDU Hall in Imphal West. It was organised by the League of Indigenous People.
Stating that a CSO can be formed by 5-6 influential personalities with some volunteers, Mohen said that the most important element of a CSO is the strength of public support.
Citing the ongoing state's issue of demanding ST status and denouncing the step to legalize liquor, he stressed the need to call for public convention or discourse on the issue in order to take the public opinion and views.
"If we all act as one in demanding any charter, the government will not act as a silent spectator. They will do every possible step to fulfil the demand," he added.
He said that any CSO should first take view of both sides before joining any issue, so that they can join on the side which is right and never hurt public interest.
The inaugural function was presided by convenor of League of Indigenous People, Rakesh Moirangthem, while acting president of Manipur State Food Commission, Thokchom Saimom, attended as guest of honour.
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