The All Manipur Border Area Development Association (AMBADA), Churachandpur has on Friday threatened to call a 48-hour hill areas bandh from midnightof August 31 to protest the Manipur Cabinet resolution of July 14, 2017 regarding implementation of Border Area Development Programme (BADP) in the state allegedly against the Centre’s guidelines.
As per the Cabinet decision, scheme costing upto Rs 5 lakh (in place of existing Rs 20 lakh in general) only may be taken up by the village authority, the memorandum mentioned.
It said this decision is directly or indirectly suppressing the right, power and function of the village chief and tribal customary law.
In the meantime, the AMBADA in a meeting today resolved to impose hill districts bandh with effect from midnight of August 31 till midnight of August 2, a statement said.
The association said United Naga Council (UNC), Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM), Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO), All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) and All Tribal Students’ Union Manipur (ATSUM) would be consulted by the AMBADA central committee with regard to the proposed protest.