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HM calls for peace in NE region for development to take place

Union home minister P Chidambaram inaugurates the new mini secretariat in Ukhrul, Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent UKHRUL, May 11:
Published on 12 May. 2011 1:11 AM IST
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“Violence has no place in democracy” said union home minister, P Chidambaram, on Wednesday while making an appeal to the insurgent groups in Northeast region to come out for peace talks.
Peace is a precondition which needed for the development to bring about in the region. Give peace a chance so that development could be accelerated. Let every body take initiatives to keep peace in the region, he appealed.
Addressing at a public meeting held at Ukhrul after inaugurating the mini secretariat, Chidambaram said development paces in the region have been hindered due to prevailing bad law and order problem.
Centre was giving emphasis in developing the states in the northeast region right from the grass root level.
The recent revival of the autonomous (Hills) district councils (ADC) in hill districts of Manipur after around 20 years was the initiative taken by the Centre as well the state government for the development of the region, he said.
He lauded the step taken up by the Manipur government with regard to devolution of power to the ADCs.
The devolution of power of the DRDA (District Rural Development Agency) to the ADCs, a decision taken by the state government, was one of the steps taken up by the government for development from the grass root level, he said.
“There is no dearth of funds in the ADCs. I assure you, Centre will ensure regular flow of funds to the ADCs,” he said.
Earlier, Chidambaram inaugurated the new mini secretariat building of the Ukhrul district. The building was constructed by Manipur government as part of decentralization of state administration at district level.
Chief minister O Ibobi Singh, along with other cabinet colleagues accompanied Chidambaram.
Meanwhile, representatives of the UNC (United Naga Council) and Tangkhul Ngala Long (TNL) also submitted a memorandum to Chidambaram reiterating their demand-- ‘alternative arrangement for Nagas in Manipur’.
Ibobi woos with
development packages
O. Ibobi Singh wooed the people of Ukhrul with development packages while admitting the disparity in development between the hill and valley in the state.
“There is discrepancy in development between the hill and the valley. The state government will undertake infrastructural development in every hill districts,” said Ibobi.
In his usual overture on the issue of the contentious Autonomous District Council (ADC), Ibobi reiterated his stand to extend “greater power and more fund to the ADCs.”
He also assured that 600 primary schools will get infrastructural lift during the current financial year and 3000 more teachers to be appointed.
He also stated that the State government will release Rs. 5 crore to each ADC for construction of their office complex and residential quarters.
On the devolution of power, Ibobi said, “All necessary powers will be given to ADC. There is no intention to centralize power.”
He appealed for cooperation from the public to fully implement the ADC.
Singh also talked tough on corruption and non-implementation of development project in the state, while urging the people to report such cases.

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