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Ibobi rejects demand
Correspondent IMPHAL, APR 22
Published on 22 Apr. 2010 11:01 PM IST
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Manipur Chief Minister, O Ibobi Singh today declared that the elections to the Autonomous District Councils will go ahead as per scheduled and said the government will not be able to allow the in toto implementation of the Central revised sixth pay bands to its employees.
“Government will go ahead with the election to the ADCs as per scheduled. All the process will be completed within May month,” said chief minister O Ibobi Singh speaking at a hurriedly called press conference at his official bungalow Thursday evening after a cabinet meeting was held.
“The Act (Manipur (Hills) Autonomous District Council (Third Amendment) Act 2008) can be amended at any time. There is no rule that an Act cannot be amended. Let conduct the election first and do the amendment latter,” as further delay in the election to grass root bodies will amount to deprivation of rights of people, he said.
He also appealed those opposing the conduct of the election to withdraw all sorts of agitations in the interest of the people. Mention may be made tribal civil bodies in Manipur particularly Naga based bodies have been agitating against holding of election under the existing Act and as part of the objection, ANSAM is imposing economic blockade on national highways in Manipur. The extended week long blockade which was extended on April 17 entered its fifth day today.
The bodies also pressuried the 20 MLAs from hill areas, members of the Hill Areas Committee of Manipur Legislative Assembly to tender resignation on moral grounds taking responsibility of the flaw in the Act.
The Chief Minister who also talked on the demand of the employees of the Manipur government armed with cease-work reiterated that government has no money to pay the revised pay recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission effective from January 2006. “I have already said that government has no enough funds to meet the demand of the employees”, he said.
appealing the employees to call off the more than three month stir.

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