Imphal, 04 September 2017 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has asserted that efforts are on to formulate a bill to save the indigenous people of the state which is acceptable to all communities living in the state. He made this statement to media persons at the sidelines of handing over of funds to the chief minister's relief fund at Chief Minister's secretariat today. All Manipur Elementary School Association, AMESTA handed over an amount of 3 Lakh 50 Thousand Rupees to the chief minister's relief fund. The chief minister appreciated all those who contributed to the relief fund and stated that majority of relief work for the flood affected people have been carried out. Responding to Impact News query on the renewed agitation by JCILPS, the chief minister said he is aware of the fact that JCILPS is drawing the attention of Govt. The process is delayed due to the works carried out under 100 days programme, frequent floods and assembly session. The Govt will now consult all stake holders and experts to formulate a bill that will not cause any conflicts among the communities. On the other hand, while replying to the assurances provided on the floor of the assembly that the shortcomings of Manipur Police Bomb Disposal Squad will be addressed, the chief minister maintained that the work will be carried out under the Police Modernisation. Although the funds will be released from planning, the state will soon carry out work even before the centre releases funds.
Imphal, 04 September 2017 ( Evening News ) : President of United Committee Manipur (UCM), Johnson Elangbam has decried of communal conspiracy upon the declaration made by interlocutor Dinesh Sharma that his visit to Manipur, yesterday was for holding discussions with Kuki outfits under Suspension Of Operation for ground assessment regarding how far their political aspirations can be fulfilled. He was speaking at the launch of an 8 month long celebration of 7th Ching-Tam Traditional Culture Festival-2017 starting from today organised by All Manipur Huiyen Lalong & Traditional Culture Preservation Committee at Rup Mahal Theatre, BT. Road. Johnson further said in the present situation of not making the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN (IM) and Govt of India available to the public, the supposed to be appeasement effort by interlocutor, Dinesh Sharma with the Kuki outfits only fuel the apprehensions people have about Manipur’s disintegration. It would also create mistrust amongst various communities living in the state. He asserted if any untoward communal clashes occur in the state, Govt of India should be held responsible. Johnson said, the interlocutor’s hidden agenda which seems to uphold the Kuki outfits is strongly condemnable. He maintained that it would be right if the Manipur Govt approach Home Minister with a written application to clarify the matter. He also reiterated that UCM will stand against Manipur’s disintegration.