Too many civil bodies in Manipur; they need to talk in single voice: CM Biren Singh

Imphal: CM urges all groups irrespective of political and community affiliation to unite and work together

BY | Thursday, 31 August, 2023

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday lamented that there are too many civil society organisations in the state and they speak in different voices, making it difficult to find a solution to the ethnic problem rocking Manipur for nearly four months.

He urged those bodies to present a concrete proposal to solve the crisis in one voice, so it can be conveyed to the Centre by the state government.

“There are too many organisations. We are at a very crucial stage now. Both the central and the state governments are confused about whom to talk to. We will go with the public (opinion) and never work against the interests of the people,” Singh said at a programme.

A number of civil society organisations are community-based. Meities and Kukis, the two warring communities, have their own such bodies.

Kukis are represented by organisations such as the Indigenous Tribal Leaders Forum (ITLF), Committee On Tribal Unity (COTU), Kuki Inpi and the Zomi Council. On the other hand, civil bodies like the Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), United Committee Manipur (UCM) and the All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO) represent Meiteis.

“People and civil society organisations should come together and take a concrete proposal showing their stand so that the government can convey it to the Centre.”

“We must come together irrespective of our political and community affiliation and work together for the present and future generation to enable them to live with dignity,” Singh said at the state-level celebration of the Meri Maati Mera Desh’ programme.

Condemning the gun attacks on farmers tending their fields at Naransena in Bishnupur district on Tuesday, the chief minister said, “Security forces arrested one person in this connection along with a .303 rifle.”

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