Newmai News Network
Imphal| October 19
Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the State government is committed to uphold the territorial integrity of Manipur. He said this at the 128th Manipur Police Raising Day held at the Parade Ground of 1st Manipur Rifles Battalion on Saturday.
The Chief Minister said that the Centre has assured the State government that the territorial integrity of the State will not be affected in bringing solution of the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talks. The Chief Minister also said that the State government believed that the Centre and its leaders would respect the sentiment of the State government. "The State is vigilant and monitoring every stage of the ongoing peace talks", he added.
Responding to the ethnic issues in the State, the Chief Minister said that it is tragic that most of the communities of the State always think for themselves rather than cohesive thoughts. "When we start thinking for common good leaving aside personal/community benefits then there will be peace in the State", he asserted.
Stating that various welfare schemes have been introduced for the people, the Chief Minister said that the government is committed to deliver inclusive governance and development in the State. In the last two and half years, with the love and support of the people peace has prevailed in the State. The government opens its door for any dialogue for resolving any issue in the State.
Appreciating the efforts of the Manipur Police in maintaining law and order of the State, the Chief Minister announced that the government would construct a new City Police Station and also renovate the existing Imphal West Commando Barrack. Commenting on the contribution of the Women Police personnel, the Chief Minister said that a special Women Commando Unit will be established. Around 100 women police personnel will be given special training in this regard, he added.
Biren then maintained that under a scheme of Home Ministry, a Police Memorial Park and Police Museum would be constructed soon as a mark of respect and tribute to those police personnel who have rendered selfless sacrifice and service for the good of the State.
Convene all-party meeting to discuss on Naga political issue: CPI tells Manipur government
Asserting that the Centre-NSCN (IM) peace talks have reached its critical stage, Manipur State Council of the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Saturday demanded Manipur government to convene a meeting of all political parties and discuss the latest development of the peace talks threadbare. The party further demanded a special session of the state Legislative Assembly and take a firm stand of the state government against any arrangement which will harm the state and to convey the same to the Central government.
The CPI also announced that the party will start its campaign against the "undisclosed Naga Framework Agreement" and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
Announcing the commencement of the campaign, CPI reiterated its stand against any solution to the Naga peace talks that infringes the interest of Manipur. The party demanded that the Centre should publicise the details of the progress of the peace talks which the Centre is engaging with the NSCN(IM). The Centre should not keep any secrecy regarding the details of the latest talks, the CPI demanded.
Asserting that the peace talks between the Centre and the NSCN(IM) have reached its critical stage, the party questioned the reason behind the state government and the chief minister for allegedly remaining silent on the matter.
"It is high time for the state chief minister and the state government to call for an all political party meeting, summoning a special session of the state assembly and take a firm stand to press the Central government against any arrangement which will harm the state.
Regarding the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, the CPI stated that it is highly probable that the government will in fact impose CAB in the state.
"In its election manifesto, the BJP had clearly and openly declared that it would pass the CAB if it comes to power again", the CPI reminded.
The CPI then accused the Union Home minister and the state chief minister of "lying to the people regarding the inclusion of a clause to protect the people of the Northeast region and Manipur". The CPI said that the said clause will be useless when the people from outside begin to flood the region at an alarming rate.
"we strongly oppose the race of the BJP to exterminate the indigenous people", it said and assured that the CPI will stand firm against CAB.