NPF urges SHDDC to find ways for elimination of apprehension
Source: Hueiyen News Service / Newmai News Network
Imphal, September 08 2011:
The Manipur State unit of Naga People's Front (NPF) has expressed concern over the current impasse in connection with the Sadar Hills and said that the total bandh had been lifted but there is no end in sight to the economic blockade while suggesting that United Naga Council (UNC) and its allied organizations should call for a proper consultation among the different Naga tribes and districts for serious introspection.
The NPF also advised the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) members to acknowledge the lack of consensus and first find remedial measures for elimination of apprehension among the different communities in the area.
The NPF then came down heavily on the state government of Manipur saying the later now apparently seems helpless as it is caught in the vicious web of its own programme and policies.
The NPF, Manipur unit accused that the state government's attempt to appease and placate the innocent public with wishful ideas of creating new districts without properly assessing the ground realities, such as Tongjei Maril (Jiribam), Tengnoupal, Phungyar etc.
and the controversial Sadar Hills district and termed it as most unfortunate.
"If creation of Sadar Hills district is really meant for administrative convenience, first why not absorb Jiribam which is under Imphal East but lies 220 kms away west from it, into Tamenglong or Churachandpur districts," suggested the NPF.
"Therefore the Manipur unit of NPF advises the state government to be truthful to itself and to the people so that any undesirable consequence is avoided.
The party then said all parties concerned including the state government must give due importance and respect to the traditional boundaries of any communitiy, areas and villages while making major decisions such as creation of new districts.
The state government must also initiate dialogue with the parties concerned and involve them in such issues with total transparency or shelve the issue temporarily and let time take its own course, it advised.