Status quo should be mainatined on all district boundaries of Manipur says NPF

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IMPHAL, Nov 2 (Newmai News Network): The Manipur unit of Naga People’s Front (NPF) on Wednesday asserted that status quo of the present boundaries of all the districts in Manipur should be maintained, saying it will be the best solution for all concerned. The Manipur unit of NPF has seriously viewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the state government of Manipur and Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC) regarding the Sadar Hills district demand because of its sensitivity, NPF spokesperson Somi Keishing said while speaking to the media in Imphal on Wednesday.

The government had earlier signed four MoUs with various Naga civil organizations where it had been agreed that the sensitive issue would be settled only after due consultations with the Naga community, Somi Keishing insisted.

However, the government has laid aside the agreements and unilaterally accorded with the SHDDC laying the background for formation of Sadar Hills district sans consulting the Naga people, the NPF leader said. The move will hamper any steps towards creation of the proposed district, Keising added.

He also said the reports of the District –Reorganizing Committee will be futile as the district boundaries cannot be re-drawn in the name of administrative convenience and maintenance of law and order as it will spoil all the social and political identities of the communities and the whole issue.

“The matter could have solved long time before if the government had taken it seriously with determination”, he added.

“As of now, however, temporary solution will not bring any good result in the days to come. So, NPF firmly believes that maintaining the status quo of the present boundaries of all the districts in the State will be the best solution in the interest of all concerned, Keishing reiterated.

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