PRJA releases election manifesto

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IMPHAL, 23rd FEB: Peoples Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) has promised to work on the core issues plaguing Manipur like AFSPA, corruption, ILP and development of self-sustainable economy. In its manifesto released Thursday at Thoubal, PRJA stated that the party is committed to repealing Disturbed Area Status imposed in Manipur which enable imposition of AFSPA and it will press upon the Government of India to repeal the draconian law.

               PRJA co-convener Irom Sharmila said that all military and paramilitary forces should either leave Manipur or relocate their camps at least 10 km from all residential areas, market places, educational institutions and cultural heritage sites.

             PRJA fielded only three candidates for the ensuing assembly election but one of them if elected will be the voice of the people of Manipur in the assembly, the human rights activist, who ended her 16 years fast last year and joined politics, added. She also said that PRJA will push for implementation of Lokayukta within two years of coming to power and all government expenditures, information and accounts will be uploaded online if the party comes to power.

           On the issue of Inner Line Permit, the PRJA manifesto stated that the three ILP Bills will be redrafted to ensure that the Bills gets safe passage and interests of all stakeholders are taken into granted. The manifesto also focus on a slew of measures for development for a self-reliant economy and amend the “Manipuri Official Language Act 1979” to replace Bengali script with an indigenous script as an official script through public consultation and consensus building among all ethnic groups.

           After the release, PRJA candidates also signed an affidavit to the effect of maintaining transparency and accountability in utilisation of all local area development funds, failing which, they will resign.


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