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Framework Agreement: It is either the NSCN-IM or the GoI that is heat bathing the people of NE states – Report

Imphal, Dec 22: Much has been speculated but no authority of the NSCN-IM or the Government of India has so far spell out what exactly will be the final agreement that will reached between the two entities.
Some media report said portion of Assam will be integrated to the Nagalim as per the agreement, by referring to the answer given by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in an unstarred question asked by MP Shrimati Wansuk Syiem at Rajya Sabha.
But when Imphal Times get the exact copy of the question asked at Rajya Sabha, it is learnt that the report is misinterpreted. MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had never answered that some portion of Assam will be added to Nagalim as per the Framework Agreement.
What Kiren Rijiju had answered was that – “Framework Agreement signed on 3 Aug 2015 laid down the  broad  parameters   for   final  settlement.  Final Accord has not yet been signed. The Six Naga armed groups are in contact with the Government of India Interlocutor.  Government is aware of apprehensions expressed in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. These are speculative in nature.  Adequate care is being taken to protect the interests of all stakeholders”.
Kiren Rijiju did not mention any time frame for signing of the final agreement at Rajya Sabha. Yet, the people of Nagaland particularly those supporting the NSCN-IM and its cause have started celebrating on the believed that the agreement will be signed before Christmas or before the upcoming Nagaland State Assembly election. The Governor of Nagaland PV Archaraya in Septemebr had stated that the agreement will be settled within two months. Even the President of India Ram Nath Kovind while inaugurating the HornBill Festival had also stated that the final settlement will be brought soon.

The collective leadership of the NSCN-IM too have been spreading out its demand which they said has been agreed by the government of India through various means, even though no official claims has been made till today.
With the kind of development, once more there has been an unrest atmosphere in the North East Region, particularly in the state of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.  
Speculation of the Framework Work Agreement has even prompted the ongoing winter session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly to reiterate its resolution for protection of the Territorial Integrity of the state. One more additional clause is to disclose the contents of the agreement.
Peace has been somehow restored in the region but the undisclosed talk is making the people of the region unrest with speculations that has the potential of turning the region to a hot spot of ethnic conflict.

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Losing faith to the promises

The State of Manipur and other North Eastern region have quite a few common socially accepted and sanctioned practices which would definitely sound peculiar and rather unnecessary to the rest of the country.
The socially proactive people had come to learn to fend for themselves, to not depend on the promises and assurances doles out with such generosity and frequently and to voice their plight and frustrations in no uncertain terms and in many ingenious ways and means.
The announcement for repairing a stretch of dilapidated and severely damaged road along the National Highway 37 is just another example of the many instances of volunteerism of the people of this State. Indeed everyone involved in the exercise ought to be applauded in public for their heroic efforts and selfless conduct. But such acts also brought out questions that would be uncomfortable for those in the thick of things to answer.

What prompted the volunteers to take up such extreme steps? Was it necessary if those who are supposed to look after the welfare and maintenance of these roads have done their bit to keep it in good condition? The State is witnessing such extreme steps in every sphere of our lives be it with the repairing or replacement of transformers in the localities when they go bust, forcing the residents to suffer months of darkness or with water supply where the people are forced to dug up and repair the faults with resources pooled in by themselves or even with schools and community centres in most far flung places where the villagers had to share the burden of building the infrastructures and utilizing them. It seems more convincing with each passing year about the allegations of the Government relying on these very characteristics to shy away from their sworn duties. Such social norms had become a convenient ploy that the Government has so effectively been using to turn a blind eye to the happenings in the State.
The State of the National Highways especially the Imphal Jiri road (NH37) has been reported for the past so many years now and the Government has been reporting the advances made yet the recent report reveals otherwise lying bare the blatant lie and face saving techniques employed to while away the inevitable facts that would surface one day. Unforgettable comments of those who had the bad fortune of travelling on this road like the participants of the ASEAN Car Rally who describe the road as an impossibly damaged road or the lone Japanese tourist having crossed some of the most treacherous and hostile terrains describing the Imphal-Jiribam road as the worst one he came across the seven continents. It is also clearly evident that the Government does not think much about the feeling of it’s people even less about their well being.
Is it that the development funds being doled out by the centre from time to time has more appeal and utility, albeit for a different purpose than the earnings a developed and industrialized Manipur could provide for them? Why is the State Government hell bent on keeping the State in this sordid condition?
The answers still elude the common man. What is certain is that these acts of volunteerism are indications of the public reaching the breaking point of having had enough of the apathy and indifferent attitude of the authorities. It would be prudent to note that another practice of the common people of making their frustrations and angst known to those who matters is still to come. It would be wiser and more beneficial to get things going and address the needs of the people before another spontaneous upheaval would bring the State and those who are lording over to their arthritic knees proving these roads to be their roads to perdition.   

State preparing consultative and drafting committee for ILPS Bill- N. Biren

Imphal, Dec 22: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh who is also the leader of the house today said that the state government is preparing to form a consultative committee as well as a drafting committee for presentation of a permit system to check entry of outsider in the state. In both the committee leaders of all ethnic communities of the state will be included, Biren added while replying to a calling attention motion raised by Congress MLA K Meghachandra Singh.
MLA Meghachandra drew the attention of the house to present the stand of the government on the issue of introducing the Inner Line Permit System.
Replying to the call attention motion, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that the issue of the ILP is ignited due to the irresponsibility of the Drivers, government officials like SDO, ADC as these people allotted land to anybody without proper investigation and also the politician for mere gain of vote bank. Biren further said that a Bill will be prepared soon and requested all members of the house to pass it.

On the other hand Biren added that more checking for influx of outsider without proper valid document has been intensified at all entry point to the state by opening police out posts.
He added that at Jiribam a total of 178 persons without proper valid identification proof have been sent back and a Bangladeshi has been arrested.
He said the Bills passed for introduction of ILPS has not been given assent by the president of India. That was because of the lapses in the Bill and this time there should not be any lapses while drafting the Bill, he added.

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Manipur’s CSOs meet Amit Shah, Kiren Rijiju and RN Ravi

Imphal, Dec 22: The team of civil society body’s representatives from Manipur which is presently camping at New Delhi seeking support of the leaders of almost all political parties in the safeguarding of the Manipur’s territorial integrity as well as demanding for disclosure of the contents in the Framework Agreement which was signed between the NSCN-IM and the GoI today met BJP National President Amit Shah, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and  Indian interlocutor of the peace talk RN Ravi.
The CSO team which comprise of Ph. Devan, President AMUCO, Elangbam Johnson, President UCM, Jeetendra Ningombam Vice President CCSK and others met Kiren Rijiju at 6 am today and later met BJP President Amit Shah at 7 am. Memorandum requesting disclosure of the contents of the Framework Agreement and the safeguarding of the territorial integrity of the Manipur have also been submitted to both the leaders.
Later the CSO team from Manipur hold meeting with RN Ravi for around 1 and half hours. The meeting began at 10 am today and lasted till 11.30 am.
Report reaching here said that the CSO team from Manipur discussed in depth about the ongoing peace talk under the FA with the Indian Interlocutor. They urged to consult all stakeholders that will be affected while solving the aged old issue.

A press statement from the CSO stated that RN Ravi has been caution of taking the responsibility by the government of India if any unwanted eventualities have been arisen in solving the issue of the NSCN-IM without consulting the people and government of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
This is the third time that the representative of the CSOs of Manipur met the Indian interlocutor of the Indo-NSCN-IM talk RN Ravi. The CSO had earlier met leaders of various political parties including President of the AICC Rahul Gandhi and submitted memorandum.
During today’s meeting RN Ravi assured the CSO team that the solution will not hurt the interest of the neighbouring states of Nagaland including Manipur. He also stated that there will be a paramouncy of the state of  will be taken into. However the Indian interlocutor did not explain the details of the paramouncy he was talking about, said the statement released by the CSO.

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New Generator of Bir Tikendrajit Bhavan will be procured soon - CM

Imphal, Dec 22: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh who is also the leader of the house today said that a new generator for the Bir Tikendrajit Bhavan at Chanakyapuri New Delhi will be procured soon. This was stated in reply to a calling attention motion raised by Congress MLA Joykishan.

Joykishan said that when  houses of other states have generator for power back Manipur house at Chanakyapuri did not have a generator as it did not work since 2001.

Joykishan also drew the attention of the house about the use of a child labour in the canteen of the Bir Tikendrajit Bhavan.

Biren Singh while replying the call Attention motion said that he had received the information of the power break up for around 3 hours when the CSO members were staying at the Bhavan. He said that a new generator will be procured soon and the government had even decided for renovation of the Bir Tikendrajit Bhavan in consultation with the works Minister however as PDA New Delhi has not given clearance it can’t be started at the moment. Regarding Child labour the CM Assured to look after it.

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