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Manipur govt to appeal UNC to lift blockade

Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 16
Published on 16 Mar. 2017 11:30 PM IST
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After taking over as new chief minister of Manipur, N Biren Singh Thursday convened a special meeting with the cabinet ministers and MLAs, where it was decided to make an appeal on the United Naga Council (UNC) to immediately lift the economic blockade. 
A press communiqué from chief minister’s secretariat stated that the BJP-led government has also decided to put all its efforts to bring an end on the blockade.
UNC imposed economic blockade on the national highways in Manipur since November 1, 2016 to protest against creation of new districts by carving out Naga inhabited areas.
Earlier, after taking oath on Wednesday, N Biren Singh said that his government first priority was to bring an end to the ongoing more than four months old economic blockade imposed by UNC. 
BJP during its election rally, promised to bring an end on the economic blockade and to make Manipur a blockade and bandh free state. Prime minister also at the election rally in Imphal said “No blockade will be allowed once the BJP comes to power.” The party national leaders even promised to end the ongoing economic blockade within a day if BJP was voted to power.
Meanwhile, Singh has asked state chief secretary to prepare a project for the development of hill areas asserting that it was his government another priority.
In this regard, chief secretary O Nabakishore in an another meeting at conference hall of Old Secretariat, has instructed all administrative heads of state government departments to prepare a detail project report within a week to seek special fund package from the Centre.
The meeting was attended by additional chief secretaries, commissioners, secretaries and director of state planning department.
The chief secretary informed the officials on the priorities and commitments of the new government.  He also urged the administrative heads to ensure that the employees maintain punctuality so that efficient services delivered to the people to make Manipur clean and corruption free government.
The chief secretary further informed the administrative heads that the development of hill areas in Manipur was the priority of the government and therefore, instructed them to prepare a detail project report within a week.

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