UNC intensifies campaign for `Alternative Arrangement`

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IMPHAL, Nov 12 (Newmai News Network): The influential Naga civil body, United Naga Council (UNC) on Saturday said a massive and intensive campaign has started by various Naga civil organizations against the Government of India for delaying to settle the long pending issue of ‘Alternative Arrangement’ for the Nagas outside the Government of Manipur.

As a part of the campaign jointly spearheaded by UNC, All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM), Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), Naga women Union, a public meeting was held at Thonglang Akutpa (Bena) along IT road wherein hundreds of people took part, a UNC source told Newmai News Network Saturday.

The campaign began a few days back and it had already been carried out in Tamei headquarters, Tamenglong district and Chawangkining village in Senapati district, UNC general secretary Gaidon Kamei said.

The UNC leader said the campaign has been launched to pressurize the Government of India to fulfill the demand of Alternative Arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur at the earliest possible.

He also informed that the massive campaign will be conducted district wise as well as block wise and the date and time for the purpose will be informed to all concerned very soon.

The ANSAM has been enforcing an indefinite public curfew everyday from mid-day to 1pm (one hour) in all the Naga areas in Manipur since October 25 last pushing their demand for an alternative arrangement outside the government of Manipur besides the UNC and ANSAM had imposed bandh recently against the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently between the state government and Sadar Hills Districthood demand Committee, which the two Naga bodies have the apprehension that Sadar Hills district might be created by bifurcating Naga areas.

However, the UNC and ANSAM have allowed free passage to BRTF as the force does not fall under the purview of the ongoing economic blockade, said ANSAM.

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