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The Manipur government has issued a notification warning against changing the names of districts and institutions without prior approval, citing the possibility of conflict between communities and deteriorating law and order. After the violence, it was seen that people were changing the names of the districts as per their wish without any approval. The government has warned people about this and has forbidden them from doing such things.
The government has given a stern warning that people violating the order will face legal action. The decision comes after caste clashes broke out in Manipur on May 3 following a protest march organized by the Tribal Solidarity Movement of Hill Districts against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe status. The order issued by Chief Secretary Vineet Joshi clearly states that no work should be done to change the name of districts, sub-divisions, places, institutions or their addresses without the express consent of the state government.
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Do not change the names of district institutions without approval
According to the notification, the government has observed various civil society organizations, institutions, establishments and people deliberately changing or trying to change the name of districts, which may be objectionable, cause controversy and create discord among the communities in the state. Can become a cause of conflict. The government views this matter with great sensitivity, recognizing that such actions are likely to divide communities and worsen the law and order situation in the state.
State government’s focus on maintaining peace
Recently the name of Churachandpur was changed to ‘Lamka’ by Zomi organization. It is worth noting that the Meitei community constitutes about 53% of the population of Manipur and lives mainly in the Imphal Valley. The Nagas and Kukis, who are tribals, constitute 40% of the population in the state and live in the hill districts. By issuing this directive, the Manipur government aims to maintain peace and harmony among various communities in the state, as well as focus collective efforts to address the ongoing law and order crisis.