Delegates who attended the tripartite talks on the district creation issue on March 23.
Newmai News Network
Senapati | March 23
The ongoing tripartite talks on the Manipur district creation issue almost broke down during today’s talks but somehow the team of the United Naga Council (UNC) obliged to the “fervent request” of the representatives of the State Government of Manipur to give some more time to “finalise” its stand on the issue, according to UNC leaders. As such, the State Government of Manipur will “finalise its stand on the UNC demands by April 10, 2018 and will inform the Central Government and the UNC about it”. The next round of the talks was also fixed for April 27, 2018.
According to UNC leaders, they were furious as the State Government team came without doing their “homework”. They added that since the Manipur Government team came “without any preparation regarding its assured concrete stand on the issue we almost walked out of the talks”. The UNC leaders also said that they came fully prepared to take up their own course of action “if the Manipur Government fails to come with its final stand”. However, the UNC team obliged to the request fof the State Government team to give time once more.
The UNC leaders stated that today’s event was marred by pandemonium as the Naga leaders charged the State Government representatives for not taking the issue seriously.
Meanwhile, a statement from the DIPR said that, “in continuation of the tripartite talks” among Government of Manipur, Central Government and United Naga Council (UNC) on the district creation issue, a meeting was held at DRDA conference Hall, Senapati distict headquarters today where “it was agreed that the state government will finalize its stand on UNC demands by April 10, 2018 and will inform the Central Government and UNC about it”.
Today’s event was the sixth round of talks. The first round of talk was held on March 19, 2017. It is worth noting here that the UNC had imposed economic blockade in all the national highways which pass through Manipur for 139 days in protest against the previous State Government’s (Ibobi Singh led Government) action of creating new districts.
Meanwhile,the 15-member team of the UNC led by its President Gaidon Kamei held talks with the representatives of the State Government of Manipur at DRDA Hall, Senapati district headquarters today. Manipur Health Minister L . Jayentakumar, Education minister Th Radhesyham, Agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian,Ttribal Affairs and Hills minister N Kaiyisii, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr J Suresh Babu and Revenue Secretary T Ranjit Singh represented the State Government of Manipur. The event was moderated and chaired by Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India.