Home Minister, P. Chidambaram said that Manipur chief minister, O. Ibobi Singh has constituted a district reorganization commission to look into the demands of the agitating groups.
“The chief minister has requested them to be patient till the report of the commission comes. My appeal to both the groups is to wait for the report to come and eliminate the blockade,” he told in a press conference here.
The Sadar Hills District Demand Committee had commenced the economic blockade on Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati NH 53 and the Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar NH 39 since August 1challenging conversion of the Kuki-majority Sadar hills area in Naga- majority Senapati district into a full-fledged district.
On the other hand, United Naga Committee, opposing the Kukis’ demand for yielding district status to Sadar Hills, had launched a counter-economic blockade on the same two national highways on August 21.
The reports have recommended that market prices of most commodities had risen in Manipur to an extent that petrol is being sold in black markets at Rs 120 a litre, the home minister admitted that “prices have pushed up” but said that the government has taken steps to bring essential commodities in fleet of trucks and was bringing 1000-1100 trucks to Manipur every week.
“These are sensitive issues which have to be resolved at local level. The chief minister is taking steps. In the northeast even formation of a district becomes sensitive,” he told.
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