CM takes UNC issue to Delhi as state in no position to meet most demands

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IMPHAL, June 23: Even after the state government’s decision to send its representatives to the United Naga Council tripartite talk; trouble seems to be looming large upon the already bad relation between the state government and the UNC as the state seems to be not in a position to fulfill the demands of the UNC.

According to a reliable source, a recent state cabinet after a brief discussion on the charter of demands submitted by the Naga apex body in the form of a memorandum has decided that the state government is not in a position to fulfill most of the demands.

The source also mentioned that the same memorandum is supposed to be the main agenda of the UNC at the tripartite talk which is scheduled to be held on June 30.

Subjected to the condition and with mounting pressure from various civil bodies of the state, the state Chief Minister has left Imphal for Delhi this afternoon carrying the UNC submitted memorandum to discussed it with both the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and the union home minister P Chidambaram, added the source.

The same source has further mentioned that owing to the nature of the UNC demands, which will have serious impacts on the administrative affairs of the state and as it reflects a question of threat to the territorial integrity of Manipur, the state cabinet in a recent sitting had decided to defer the demands of the UNC.

However the official and exact demands of the UNC were not revealed by this source, as the state government is treating it as a confidential issue.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister in his meeting with the central leaders will table both the UNC charter of demands and the recent state cabinet decision on the issue and request the centre to provide initiatives to bring an amicable solution to the issue so as to ease the arising difficulty of the state government on the issue.

The Chief Minister who will be in the national capital for two days will also provide his formal invitation to UK Bansal under secretary Internal Security of ministry of home affairs’ (MHA), government of India and Sambhu Singh, joint secretary North East in charge of MHA to participate as representatives of the GOI in the June 30 scheduled talk between the UNC, the state government and the GOI at the Senapati district HQ.

It may also be mentioned that, the recent cabinet meeting had also decided that the state government will be represented by an official team led by the chief secretary DS Poonia and include LP GOlmei, principal secretary power, Binod Kishpata state commissioner home, Sumant Singh, secretary to Chief Minister.

The state team will make a power point presentation on the detail works taken up in the hill districts, devolution of power to the ADC and other developmental schemes and prgrammes implemented in the hill areas to counter any alleged charge from the UNC on any ill treatment of the hill districts by the state, the source added.

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