NE peoples’ conference forms body to address issues of the region

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IMPHAL, April 4 (Newmai): The three-day ‘North East Peoples’ Conference 2019’ held from April 1 to 3 in Imphal has formed a common body of the North East region to address issues confronting the region. The common body has been christened as North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP).

Organisations from Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura participated in the three-day event. However, organisations from Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh could not make it to the event “due to tight schedules in their respective states”, according Ningthouja Lancha, one of the key initiators of the event. “But the organizations from Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh who were invited by us sent us their endorsement letters,” said Lancha.

The Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) from Nagaland, Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO), organizations from Tripura including Tripura People’s Front, NEIIMPCO, NEIIPMANN and Assam’s Co-ordination Committee of Tribal Organisations, besides various organizations from Manipur participated in the conference. The programme was hosted by Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC).

According to the participants of the event, they have emphasized on the inclusion of the concept like “indigenous” so that issues like illegal immigration, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, rights of North East peoples can be articulated. And hence the platform North East region, North East Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) was floated with Ningthouja Lancha, activist and film maker from Manipur, as convenor.

At the end of the programme, the participants took certain resolutions. They resolved “to condemn and oppose the anti-North East people policies of the Central Government which have threatened the lives, resources, habitats and demography of the region.” The participants also resolved to “oppose the impending threats resulting from Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.” They also resolved to “support all the organisations in various States demanding the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and other legislations to regulate influx in their respective States”.

The conference then resolved to have their respective “state unit or state chapter to look after the co-ordinating activities with an objective to make the Forum democratic and inclusive”. They also resolved to nominate three members each from every member-state to the Core Committee of the NEFIP.

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