Manipur governor congratulates state govt on lifting of economic blockade

Posted March 20, 2017

In a big boost for the Manipur government, the United Naga Council has agreed to lift its economic blockade.

The UNC's decision, which was a key election plank of the BJP, was announced after tripartite talks between the central government, the Manipur government and the UNC on Sunday in Senapati district of Manipur.

The meeting led by Satyendra Garg, joint secretary (north east) at the Union ministry of home affairs, agreed to "create (a) conducive environment for the democratic process of consultation and dialogue".

The meeting also decided that the Manipur government will unconditionally release the arrested UNC leaders and all the cases related to economic blockade against the Naga tribes leaders and students leaders will be closed.

Supporters of Naga United Council (UNC) scuffle with security personnel during an agitation against Manipur government for creation of 7 new districts, in Senapati, Manipur.

From midnight on Sunday, March 19, the Manipur blockade will be lifted.

Taking over the reins of the state on March 15, BJP chief minister N. Biren Singh promised to lift the blockade within 72 hours.

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On Friday, the Government held its first Cabinet meeting and chose to take steps to lift the blockade and called the UNC for talks on Sunday afternoon.

The top UNC leader said that, the UNC appreciates the initiative and new approach of the newly formed BJP-led Manipur government is coming forward to address the core issue at hand.

This talks were occasioned by ongoing economic blockade by UNC since November 1 last on the issue of creation of new districts.

She had, earlier, stated that she is deeply concerned at the indefinite economic blockade imposed by the UNC on two National Highways.

December 31, 2016: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh makes an assurance that his government will not go back on its decision to create seven new districts.

Meanwhile, the first joint legislator party meeting of the coalition partners was held with Chief Minister in the chair here this evening to chalk out the strategy for tomorrows session.

"Talks shall continue at the political level", Milan said quoting from the agreement.