This time as agreed in the earlier meeting, a state government representative will chair the meeting. Officials of the MHA will represent Central government in the talks that will be held a hotel in the national capital.
State chief secretary Rakesh and DGP, Y Joykumar with other top official of the state government left Imphal today for the talks, an official source said today.
Meinya lauds nuclear deal
New Delhi, Jul 14: In a statement issued in New Delhi, the convenor of the miscellaneous states and Union Territories (Congress Parliamentary party), Dr. T Meinya has said that the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement will serve the interest of India by way of solving the energy crisis in the state. The MP also said that the entire Congress party is with the party president, Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh over the nuclear deal issue.
Heirok elders want govt to review decision to set up SPOs
By : A Staff Reporter 7/15/2008 1:56:21 AM
IMPHAL, Jul 14: Senior citizens of Heirok village today urged the state government to review the setting up of SPOs in the area and to absorb the youths recruited for the same in the regular state forces, while also making an appeal to the rebel groups who have imposed prohibitions on the villagers of Heirok to relax it for all time.
A meeting of the senior people of Heirok held yesterday (July 13) evening thoroughly discussed the chaotic situation in the area and formed a body of senior people of Heirok named Senior Citizens Forum, Heirok, a statement signed by 69 senior people including retired government servants representing more than 14,000 people of Heirok said.
After a lengthy and thorough discussion on the situation in Heirok after three rebel groups, the UNLF, KYKL and a faction of the KCP prohibited the Heirok people from going outside their villages as they chose to receive arms under SPO, the meeting resolved to urge the state government to re-consider its decision to supply arms by opening SPOs in the villages.
The government should withdraw its decision to open SPOs at Heirok at the earliest, the meeting resolved.
The resolution further said that those local youths who had been recruited and were under training should be absorbed in the regular forces of the state so as to be able to lead a secure life with a means of livelihood.
The prohibition imposed by the three rebel groups had caused immense hardships to the residents of Heirok and the government should take up steps to relieve them from such hardships at the earliest, the meeting resolved.
If the government failed to listen to the senior citizens under the newly formed forum they would launch various agitations against the government, and if necessary, consider taking the court’s help, the statement said.
The meeting also unanimously resolved to appeal to the three rebel groups who have imposed the ban on the Heirok people to re-consider their stance.
The statement expressed gratitude for the announcement of a 10-day relaxation by the rebel groups and urged for the lifting of the ban for all time after discussions at various levels.
The meeting which was held at the residence of retired headmaster Thokchom Chourajit Singh, was attended by around 100 senior residents of Heirok part-I, II and III. It was organized by the members of zilla parishad and thoroughly discussed the prevailing situation in Heirok after a series of events since the killing of three youths including two girls and blinding of another girl.