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CPNRM against oil exploration in Manipur’s Hmar Hills

Students take out a protest rally against the proposed oil project in Manipur.

Aizawl (mizonews.net): Almost all the indigenous tribes living in and around the proposed areas which has been designated by the government of Manipur and the Union government.

The past weeks saw hectic communication among leaders of several communities who said they will oppose tooth and nail the move to extract oil in their lands which is done “without” their consent. “It is said that several militant outfits have been given money to convince the communities to agree to the proposed project,” sources said.

The latest to join the bandwagon is the Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur.

“I appeal on behalf of the Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur against Oil Exploration and Drilling in Manipur that all those who are against this project should unite,” ex-CPNRM member and CORE deputy director Dr. Immanuel Z. Varte, who is attending a conference in South Korea, told mizonews.net.

Indigenous communities and their organizations from Churachandpur, Jiribam and Tamenglong have been protesting against oil exploration and drilling in Manipur by the Jubiliant Oil and Gas Private Limited, based in Netherlands.

Community organizations had already resolved against Oil Exploration in Manipur in several meetings, including the State Level Convention on Oil Exploration on 16 July 2012.

“However, the government, in clear disregard of the community voices has been supporting the Jubiliant Energy,” Dr Vate said.

Several protest has been organised against oil exploration moves in Manipur’s Hmar Hills, including the ongoing environmental public hearings organized by the Manipur Pollution Control Board in Parbung and Jiribam, which has already been rejected due to its limited scope and “its flawed process, weak mechanisms and previous anti-people outcomes in previous hearings on proposed Tipaimukh dam”.

“An online petition has also been prepared for submission to the Prime Minister of India,” he added.

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