IMPHAL, Sept 8 (NNN): The Manipur State unit of Naga People’s Front (NPF) has expressed concern over the current impasse in connection with the Sadar Hills and said that the total bandh had been lifted but there is no end in sight to the economic blockade while suggesting that United Naga Council (UNC) and its allied organizations should call for a proper consultation among the different Naga tribes and districts for serious introspection. The NPF also advised the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) members to acknowledge the lack of consensus and first find remedial measures for elimination of apprehension among the different communities in the area.
The NPF then came down on the state government of Manipur saying the latter now apparently seems helpless as it is caught in the vicious web of its own programme and policies. The NPF, Manipur unit accused that the state government`s attempt to appease and placate the innocent public with wishful ideas of creating new districts without properly assessing the ground realities, such as Tonjei Maril (Jiribam), Tengnoupal, Phungyar etc. and the controversial Sadar Hills district is most unfortunate at the fag end of its term. “If creation of Sadar Hills district is really meant for administrative convenience, first why not absorb Jiribam which is under Imphal East but lays 220 kms away west from it, into Tamenglong or Churachandpur districts,” suggested the NPF.
“Therefore the Manipur unit of NPF advises the state government to be truthful to itself and to the people so that any undesirable consequence is avoided in the sate like Manipur. The party then said all parties concerned including the state government must give due importance and respect to the traditional boundaries of any communities, areas and villages while making major decisions such as creation of new districts. The state government must also initiate dialogue with the parties concerned and involve them in such issues with total transparency or altogether shelve the issue temporarily so that time will take its own course, it advised.