Imphal/November 19, 2023 (SPN)| The 5th Foundation Day of Apunba Shinmigee Chaokhat Thourang Lup (ASCTL) was commemorated at their office’s conference hall in Hatta Golapati, Lane No. 8 today. The day commenced with a tribute to the victims of the May 3 ethnic conflict, where people paid homage to those who lost their lives.
Distinguished personalities like Dr. Kiran Yendrembam, a Social Activist and Advisor to ASCTL; Potsangbam Sonamani, a Socio-Political Activist; social worker RK Joychandra; Tokpam Naobi; Ibemcha Heirangkhoijam, and others participated in the event as presidium members.
During her speech, Oinam Inao Devi, the President of Apunba Shinmigee Chaokhat Thourang Lup (ASCTL), highlighted the origins of the Lup. It was formed by hardworking individuals, mostly daily wage earners, who gathered together five years ago. Their collective contribution of a mere Rs 10 per month has grown into a substantial financial support of Rs 10 lakhs in just 5 years.
She recounted the need for collective efforts among the working class for self-dependence, living with dignity, and the importance of constructive community engagement. Devi narrated how a monthly contribution of ten rupees from each member creates a fund of ten lakhs which is now ready to support various community initiatives.
ASCTL is a collaborative effort primarily comprising hardworking daily wage earners who established the Lup for the welfare of its members. While members contributed Rs 1000 each, daily wage earners contributed Rs 10 every month towards ASCTL’s contributions.
Oinam Inao further pledged that starting in 2023, ASCTL would provide financial assistance of Rs 50000 to selected small business owners and entrepreneurs willing to expand their businesses.
Dr. Kiran Yendrembam, ASCTL’s Advisor and Social Activist, emphasized the importance of accountability, transparency, and dedication in today’s materialistic world. He underscored individuals’ moral responsibility, urging them to be accountable and actively participate in social responsibilities, fostering a sense of belonging and commitment to the community. He also highlighted the need for self-reliance and sustainability instead of waiting for government support, reflecting the current scenario in the state where people are striving for self-reliance.
Socio-political activist Potsangbam Sonamani highlighted the dedication and hard work of those residing in relief camps due to the Manipur conflict. He pledged support to those crafting dolls for sale overseas, encouraging people to come forward and extend help. He stressed the importance of compassion and individuals’ moral responsibility towards society.