Seminar
 

Churachandpur District 

Resource Persons three advocates and one scholar presented papers on the topics (a) Aims & purpose of Atrocities (b) Atrocities in the matters of Land & In the matters of Reservation of Vacancies (c) Offenses & Remedies (d) Atrocities in the matter of Education & Employment in the seminar. Social activists, church workers and students attended the sessions and took active interaction in the discussion on resource papers. There were 102 participants. The Hon’ble Minister incharge TD/Hills & TRI, Manipur,   Mr. D.D. Thaisii inaugurated the seminar while Mr. T. Manga Vaiphei, Hon’ble MLA presided over the inaugural function.

 

Senapati District

Seminar on the same topic was conducted at Senapati District Hqrs. on 28th & 29th July 2009. The Seminar was attended by Mr. D.D. Thaisii, Hon’ble Minister/TD/Hills & TRI and Mr. K. Raina, Hon’ble MLA & Mr. LP Gonmei, IAS, Principal Secretary as Chief Guest, President and Guest of Honour of the Inaugural Function. There were 3 Advocates, Scholar as Resource Persons. They presented Paper on different topics like Background & Objective of the Act, Atrocities as a Kind of Human Right Violation, Atrocities in the matter of Violation of Reservation Rules in Posts & Services for Tribals, Different Forms of Atrocities & Their Remedies.  Participants were thoroughly highlighted the provisions and benefit of the SC & ST (Prevention) Atrocities Act of 1989. One consultant of Mainstreaming from MACS delivered a talk on the responsibility of Community leaders to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Tribal Society.


Chandel District

The said seminar was also conducted at Chandel District Hqrs. on 7th & 8th August, 2009, with Minister/TD/Hills & TRI, DD. Thaisii. The Minister took great interest in the welfare and development of tribals. Two Advocates, one Social Activist and Superintendant of Police, Chandel presented a paper on different topics assigned them. There were 105 delegates from different walks of life of the District.

 

Ukhrul District

A two day seminar on the same topic i.e. (Prevention of Atrocities Act of 1989 was also held on 21st and 22nd August, 2009 with Dr. Khashim Ruivah, MLA and Mr Stephen Angkang, President of Tangkhul Naga Long as Chief Guest and President respectively. 

Different Resource persons, two from legal fraternity presented paper on concept and objective of the Act and Atrocity in the form of human rights violation and different forms of atrocities. Another paper entitled Atrocities in the form of violation of Reservation Rules in posts and services for STs was also presented and discussed thoroughly. One Consultant from MACS presented a thrilling and the most talked about topic on the spread of HIV/AIDS in the world in general and the State in particular. He emphasised the role of community leaders in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS.

 

Tamenglong District

Seminar on the same topic was also conducted at Tamenglong District Hqrs. On 28th and 29th August, 2009. Minister, D.D. Thaisii and Khangthuanang Panmei, Vice Chairman, Hill Areas Committee graced the Inaugural Function as Chief Guest and President. Two Advocates,one scholar and one Consultant on mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS presented paper on different topics related to the Prevention of Atrocities against the people of SC & ST. A talk on the role of community leaders in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS was delivered by Mr. S.K. Victor, Consultant, Mainstreaming from Manipur State AIDS Control Society. He greatly emphasized the need of the active participation of the community leaders in educating the people and fighting against the spread of this dreaded disease.

 

 

One day State level seminar on Right to Information Act, 2005 was conducted on 3rd September, 2009. Two senior advocates presented papers on the topic Background, Concept & Objective of Right to Information Act, 2005 and Scope & Provisions of Right to Information Act, 2005. The programme was attended by Mr L.P. Gonmei, IAS, Principal Secretary/TRI as Chief Guest.

 

A seminar on Scheduled Tribes & Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition Rights Act of 2006) was held on 8th December, 2009 at TRI. Mr Mani Charenamei, Ex-MP graced the Inagural Function and also acted as Resource person. Smt (Dr) Praiyadarshni M. Gangte presented paper on Tribal Forest Rights Act, 2006 & Traditional Forest Rights of Tribals in the 1st session. The afternoon session was moderated by Mr. Th. Oliver Mansang, Officer on Special Duty, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Manipur Campus and the resource paper was presented by Mr. Mani Charenamei, Ex-M.P. The participants actively took part in the discussion and interaction. They were curious to know the provisions of the Act. The participants put up their recommendation that the same seminar program be conducted at District level so that the concerned people can attend the program for their benefit.

 

One Day State Level Seminar on “Awareness of Protection of Rights and other Legal Rights for the Scheduled Tribe” was organized by the TRI, Manipur on the 24th November, 2007. The Inaugural function was graced by Mr. P.C. Lawmkunga, IAS, Principal Secretary (TD/Hills) to the Government of Manipur as Chief Guest and presided over by Dr. P.K. Guite, Principal R.K. Sanatombi College as President.  

Several Resource Persons such as (1) Dr. T. Lunkim, Chairman, Kuki Peoples Movement for Human Rights, (2) Shri Babloo Loitongbam, Executive Director, Human Rights Alert, Manipur and (3) Shri Serto T. Kom, Advocate (HC), presented papers on  Awareness of Protection of Human Rights, Human Rights of Indigenous People and Some Rights of Tribals which remain unattended respectively.

After a thread bare discussion and interactions, the participants decided to recommend the following points to the State Authority for necessary consideration and implementation for the safeguard of the Tribals.

i) To constitute Tribal Land Law Research Commission to frame suitable Land laws for the Tribals and to codify the same.
ii) To accord reorganization of traditional rights of individual land owners.
iii) To make and strengthen all the Chief Judicial Magistrate Courts in Hills Districts functional.
iv) To set up Family Courts in every hill districts for early settlement of family disputes in addition to the existing family Court only in Imphal.

 

Another 2 Days Seminars on “Problems of Production of School Text Books, Grammatical Aspects of Writing and Literacy Languages & other related Problems of Tribal Languages” was also organized on the 29th to 30th November, 2007. Five representatives each from 10 tribal Literature Societies and other well wishers attended the Seminar.

Shri P.C. Lawmkunga. IAS, Principal Secretary, Govt. of Manipur looking after the charge of Tribal Development and Hill Affairs inaugurated the Seminar as Chief Guest.

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Four resource persons viz, (1) W. Tomchou Singh, Retd. Addl. Director of Education(S) on the topic Grammatical Aspects of Writing, (2) Dr. H. Kamkhenthang, Director, TRI on Problems of Production of Text Books, (3) Shri N. Kunjamohon, Retd. Secretary, Board of Secondary Education, Manipur and (4) Smt. W. Ibempishak Devi, Chairperson, Board of Secondary Education on Preparation of Curriculum of Writing of Text Books.
A lively and threadbare interaction was held on the papers with full participation of delegates. Then a seminar Recommendation Committee was constituted with 10 members headed by the Deputy Director (TRI), Imphal. The Committee after careful examination of the paper presented by Resource Persons along with the outcome of interaction, had agreed to recommend the matters noted below to the authority concerned for necessary consideration and implementation.

RECOMMENDATION:-
1.         A Comprehensive Tribal Language Policy be framed by the State Government to safeguard and promote the languages of the Linguistics minorities of the State as envisaged under Article 350(A) of the Constitution of India.
2.         Sufficient/adequate fund provision be made available for production of Tribal Language text books and encouragement of tribal languages by the Government through the concern line Department as required in the Nationally agreed Schemes of Linguistic Minorities Policy.
3.         Annual maintenance grant to all tribal Literature Societies be doled out by the State Government as an incentive  measure for effective functioning of the respective Literature Societies.
4.         To teach and develop tribal languages, the Seminar felt the need of language teachers in schools. Necessary arrangement for appointment of Tribal teachers for every recognized languages be therefore, made by the Government to fulfill the aspiration of Article 50(A) of the Constitution of India.
5.         More intensive language-wise workshop on all aspects of tribal languages development is required. The same be organized by Tribal Research Institute, Imphal on phased manner.
6.         A joint meeting of all tribal Literature Societies be convened by Tribal Research Institute on a convenient date to discuss on various matters pertaining to tribal languages development and other related issues.

Delegates attending the Seminar agreed to the points moved by the Recommending Committee and voted to place the same before the authority concern for necessary action.