IMPHAL, April 2 - In an effort to create a common political platform for the Northeastern region to fight the challenges, a day-long North East People�s Conference 2019 was held at the City Convention Centre here today.
Hosted by Manipur People against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (MANPAC), the conference was jointly organised by the civil society organisations of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
Representatives of many civil society organisations such as Joint Committee on Prevention of Illegal Immigrants (JCPI) of Nagaland, Coordination Committee of Tribal Organisations of Assam, Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations and North East Indigenous Peoples� Parliament, social activists, intellectuals and others participated in the conference.
In his key note address, Chairman of the organising committee of the NE People�s Conference Yumnamcha Dilipkumar said the States in NE region share common problems and issues, whether it may be political, economic or social.
�Even though we are having geographical contiguity in between the States, we could not work together for common causes,� he said. �This is the reason why we are organising such a conference�, he added.
He said the indigenous people of North East, whose population is small, are still not free from the danger from CAB in view of the utterances of the BJP national president that they will enforce the law if they come back to power.
Theja Therieh of JCPI said our division is reponsibile for the threat that we are facing today. A threat to our basic rights protection, identity, culture and even to the existence in our own soil and land is because of our divisions, he added.
The representatives of other bodies such as CCTOA of Assam and CoMSO of Meghalaya also dwelt on CAB and others issues that threaten the existence of the indigenous population of the region. The Conference is likely to come up with a declaration and formation of a common political platform for NE people to face the challenges in future.