Friday, August 6, 2010

Manipur forms team to tackle Naga issue

The Secular Progressive Front government in Manipur has decided to send a ministerial team to meet Naga leaders to end the blockade that began on Wednesday. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh finalised the team on Wednesday. It comprises Information Minister T.N. Haokip, Sports Minister N. Biren and Tribal Development Minister D.D. Thaisii.“The ministerial team is planning to visit Senapati district headquarters for the meeting on August 7,” a state government official said.But the blockade organisers, the United Naga Council (UNC) of Manipur and the All Naga Students Association, are not yet ready to welcome the team.“Since the Nagas have severed political ties with the Manipur government, the intervention of the government of India for an alternative arrangement is sought by the Nagas of Manipur,” said the UNC in a press release on Thursday.The release said, “Therefore, we will not welcome the Manipur government and its representatives into Naga areas.”The Naga groups resumed the economic blockade in protest against the Centre’s alleged inaction on their ultimatum to Prime Minister on July 27.


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