Centre asks Naga group not to block supply of essential items
With the UNC announcing another economic blockade of an arterial National Highway connecting Manipur to Nagaland, Government today said it has urged the group not to block supply of essential commodities to the common man.
New Delhi: With the United Naga Council (UNC)
announcing another economic blockade of an arterial National
Highway connecting Manipur to Nagaland, Government today said
it has urged the group not to block supply of essential
commodities to the common man.
"The UNC has again announced a blockade of NH-39 (from
today). Earlier (this year) also, the main link between
Manipur and Nagaland had been blocked for 68 days (by All Naga
Students Association of Manipur). Manipur Chief Minister had
recently called a meeting of all groups, but UNC did not
attend," Home Minister P Chidambaram informed Rajya Sabha.
He said security forces have been deployed on NH-39 and
the ministry has also urged the agitating groups to facilitate
smooth plying of Food Corporation of India trucks and vehicles
of oil companies.
"At this point of time these trucks are plying. Private
truckers have been complaining of extortion, but talks are on
(with the agitating groups) to ensure that these vehicles ply
smoothly," Chidambaram said during Question Hour.
The minister added that the government does not want any
violence or bloodshed and is in favour of resolving all
grievances through talks.
UNC had earlier this week announced that it would be
blocking NH-39 from this morning for 20 days.
A crippling 68-day economic blockade of the Imphal-Dimapur
-Guwahati highway (NH 39) and Imphal-Jiribam- Silchar highway
(NH 53), called by the All-Naga Students Association, Manipur,
had ended on June 18. Due to the blockade, prices of almost
all essential commodities are still ruling high in the market.