Saikot: The Saikot Sub-Division Demand Committee (SSDC) has reiterated that its planned agitation beginning October 15 stands, unless the Manipur government fulfilled its demands with respect to a full-fledged Saikot Sub-Division Office with required staff strength.
The resolution to go ahead with agitation was taken during a meeting at the Saikot Youth Club Hall on October 8, 2016.
“About 1000 people and representatives from VAs, HSA, HYA, HWA, YMA, MZP, MWA, Val Upa, SDP le SLA took part in the public meeting,” SSDC chairman Timothy Z. Zote said in a statement.
It may be noted that the SSDC had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister of Manipur on September 23, 2016 via the Deputy Commissioner of Churachandpur demanding a “full-fledged Saikot Sub-Divisional Office” with all departments and posting of staff.
The leaders also said that they are planning to hold a press event at the state capital in Imphal and if the “need arise, we are ready to approach the Central government.”
The SSDC is keeping options open on its agitation list. The group said they may go for:
(1) Total bandh in Churachandpur
(2) Boycott of Assembly Election
(3) Hunger strike
(4) Sit-in protest
(5) Closure of educational institutions under Saikot Sub-Division.
“We appeal to the people of Tuithaphai valley to share our demands for development. As such we seek your moral support to make this agitation a success,” the committee added.
The committee also said its agitation plans has been endorsed by major tribe councils like the Kuki Inpi, Zomi Council, Hmar Inpui, Mizo People Convention and Vaiphei People’s Council.