Chidambaram appeals to UNC to call off blockade

Appealing to the UNC to call off its 74-day economic blockade on two national highways in Manipur, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said.

Updated: Nov 03, 2011, 14:06 PM IST

Imphal: Appealing to the United Naga Council
to call off its 74-day economic blockade on two national
highways in Manipur, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said
all issues could be sorted out through dialogue.

Economic blockades on national highways would not bring
any solution to problems being confronted by many,
Chidamabaram told a public meeting at the Tamenglong district
headquarters town.

There is no problem which could not be solved through
dialogue, he stressed at the meeting at which Chief Minister O
Ibobi Singh was present.

He said there was no dearth of funds for development of
north eastern states, but it should be used properly.

The chief minister said civil society would be consulted
before taking a final decision on the Sadar Hills issue.

He appealed to contractors working in interior districts
to finish their work in time.

The union minister, who inaugurated two electric power
sub stations in Tamenglong district, appealed to all sections
to live harmoniously and peacefully saying, "We are all
Indians."

He visited all three Naga-majority districts of Ukhrul,
Senapati and Tamenglong during his two-day visit.

Chidamabaram`s visit is being viewed as important because
it comes at a time the state government has decided to grant
full-fledged district status to Kuki-majority Sadar Hills area
in Naga-majority Senapati district.

The UNC has objected to giving of full-fledged revenue
district status as demanded by Sadar Hills District Demand
Committee (SHDDC), saying it should have been consulted before
the government took a decision.

The SHDDC has been fighting for conversion of the
Sadar Hills area into a full-fledged revenue district.

The state government and SHDDC had signed an agreement on
October 31 under which the state government agreed to grant
district status to Sadar Hills area after receiving a report
from the district reorganisation Committee headed by Chief
Secretary D S Poonia.

PTI