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PC Interacts With Local People Of Churachandpur On Peace Plank At Khuga

IMPHAL, Dec 15: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has claimed that incidents of violence in Manipur have come down in the current year 2010.

Interacting with local leaders and representatives of civil and student bodies of Churachandpur district at Khuda Dam today, Chidambaram, who arrived here yesterday on a two day visit to the State, said that incidents of violence has come down in Manipur this year. But this does not mean that instances of abduction, extortion and targeting of non-Manipuris have been stopped.

Observing that there can be no development or stable Government in the absence of peace, the Union Home Minister said that he would like to see restoration of peace in Manipur.

Nothing can be resolved without talks. So we should talk, he added.

Stating that the Centre was in support of the State Government in the conduct of recent ADC election, the Union Minister hoped that this would bring about some political changes even if it takes some time.

‘We should not dwell in the past, but learn lessons from it and think about the future,’ he exhorted the gathering. While assuring to look into the issue of devolution of power to the ADCs, the Union Home Minister disclosed that the Government of India has taken a decision on the issue of Protected Area Permit System and the same would be announced very soon. On the second and last day of his visit, the Union Home Minister went to Churachandpur to inspect Khuga Dam.

Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, DGP Y Joykumar and Commissioner (Home) V Vumlungmang, who accompanied the Union Home Minister in the inspection, were also present during the interaction.

In connection with devolution of power to the ADCs, the Chief Minister assured that implementation of all the flagship programs of UPA Government would be entrusted to the ADCs and an Executive Director of the ADCs would be appointed within one week.

Representatives of various organizations which were present during the interaction submitted their respective memorandum to the Union home Minister. However, at the time of submitting the memorandum of CoPTAM and he was told that a 60-hour bandh is due to start from 5 pm today over its demands, the Union Home Minister refused to accept it. Only after he was assured that the bandh would be called off, the memorandum was accepted.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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