The United Committee Manipur (UCM) on Wednesday stated that the organisation visited Sinakeithei to spread the message of oneness and brotherhood as the Tangkhuls living in the hills are considered the elder brother of Meeteis settled in the valleys.
UCM stated in a release that in collaboration with Sirarakhong Sinakeithei Ringui (SISIRI) Farmers Society, it organised a COVID-19 awareness and farmers training programme and distribution of Urea at Sinakeithei village, Ukhrul on Wednesday, UCM stated in a release.
The age-old relationship between Meeteis and Tangkhuls is seen in Umang Lai Haoraoba of the Meeteis, the UCM stated.
During the Mera Wayungba performed by the Meeteis, the elder brother from the hills would bring items/ things and exchange with the brother in the valley, UCM stated. Such practices should not be forgotten by the present generation, it added.
The UCM assured to extend all possible help to the Sinakeithei villagers and its surrounding villages in the future.
The organisation has a vision of increasing the production of the state, wherein the products from the hills and valleys are exchanged between the two and the surplus/excess products can be exported to develop the economy of the state, the UCM stated.
The UCM also appealed to all sections of the state to protect the forest and lakes in the state so that climatic conditions of the state remain unaffected.
Condemning the murder of two persons from Sinakeithei village on August 4, the UCM also appealed to the state government to find out the people involved in the murder.
The training programme and distribution of Urea at Sinakeithei village, Ukhrul was attended by headman Sinakeithei village V Cannan Phungshin Zimik, president of UCM Joychandra Konthoujam, vice chairman Sinakeithei village Wungnaopam Machung and ayurvedic physician Dr Th Ritamadhuri as chief guest, guest of honour, president and resource person, it added.