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Jagat asks insurgents to lay down arms
Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 13:
Published on 14 Jan. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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The winter session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly begun Wednesday here in Imphal with Manipur Governor, Gurbachan Jagat addressing the house. A message from Parliament for the ratification of amendment of the constitution was also laid to on the table of the house by the secretary of the state Assembly. Obituary reference on the demise of six former members of the house including Ng Mono Monsang, a member of the house before the pre-merger was also given on the first day after the Governor’s address. Addressing the house, Governor, Gurbachan Jagat said Manipur continued to grapple with the problem of insurgency hampering the development and growth of the state severely. “With rampant factionalism, presently there are over thirty underground outfits. The state government has taken various steps to address the situation. In order to bring about peace and normalcy in the state, my government stands ready to hold talks with underground outfit as long as they agree to adjure violence and lay down arms and talks are held within the framework of the Constitution of India,” the Governor asserted. Stating that the government’s effort to strengthen the state police force have started to have its impact, he said the state police, with the help of the Central Paramilitary Force and Army, have been able to restrain and curb the activities of the underground outfits to a larger extent. He said that as many as 1368 extremists belonging to various militant outfits were arrested during the year 2009 from January 1 to November 30, 2009 and 279 extremists killed, while 378 assorted weapons were recovered from the extremists along with 6936 assorted ammunition, 130 hand grenades, 105 lethod bombs, three IEDs, 123 detonators, 13.71 kg of explosives and seven W/T sets. Talking on the Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement with 19 Kuki hill-based militants under two apex bodies Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United People Front (UPF), Gurbachan said the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) of SoO has provided a useful forum for addressing violations of ground rules of the agreement citing the instant of recovery of Rs. 4.54 crore fraudulently withdrawn from the UBI branch in Churachandpur district involving a militant group maintaining ceasefire with government force under the Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement. “This is a rare achievement,” Gurbachan said. Talking on the positive development, Gurbachan said that despite several constraints, 2009 saw many developments in the banking sector in the state. State government has minimized handling of cash by government offices and institutions by making draw and disburses of pay and allowances of its employees compulsory only through bank accounts with effect from May 1, 2009, the Governor added. The Governor also said that the government was aiming to enhance the economic condition of the people specially the rural poor in the state through promotion of co-operative movement. He also said the state government had already registered 5296 cooperative societies in the state and efforts were on to revive 208 defunct primary agriculture credit cooperative societies. and the government of India has also agreed to bear 90% of the accumulated losses of these cooperative societies.

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