Imphal, Apr 7: The State Government and the Joint Action Committee Against ‘Anti-Tribal’ Bills (Churachandpur) held a meeting today at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat with Chief Minister N Biren in the chair.
Chief Minister N Biren expressed his desire to let the families of the victims perform the last rites considering the trauma being suffered by families of the victims.
Saying that there is no country/State or even a family without any problem, he asserted that any crisis or any problem can be resolved through a series of meetings.
He appealed to the JAC and the people of Churachandpur to come to the negotiating table adding that the Government is ready to hold a series of negotiations in order to resolve any issue for the betterment of the State and the people.
He also thanked the JAC for responding to the appeal of the Government for talks. He reiterated that Manipur is made up of hills and valley, and without hills and tribals there is no Manipur.
Pointing out that the Government is for the people, the Chief Minister said that his Government has been successful in resolving the longest economic blockade through negotiation just after assuming power.
He expressed his thankfulness to the United Naga Council for lifting their economic blockade, conveyed a press release issued by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
The JAC Against ‘Anti Tribal’ Bills also submitted their charter of demands to the Government and the same was discussed. After discussion, the meeting resolved to hold the next round of talk tentatively on April 10.
The State Government side led by Chief Minister N Biren consisted of Works Minister Th Biswajit Singh, Agriculture/Veterinary Minister V Hangkhanlian, Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen, TD & Hills Minister N Kayisii, Chief Secretary, O Nabakishore, DGP LM Khaute, Law Secretary Th Kamini Kumar and Deputy Commissioner Churachandpur R Sudhan.
The 11 member delegation of the JAC Against ‘Anti Tribal’ Bills led by its chief convenor, H Mangchinkhup consisted of representatives of various tribal bodies and organisations like Young Paite Association, United Zou Organisation, Tedim Chin Union, Mizo People Convention etc.
Source: The Sangai Express