‘Tripartite talks’ ends with state assurance

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 23, 2018: The  seventh round of talks among the United Naga Council (UNC), state government and the Central government ended with the assurance from the state government to finalise its stand on the UNC’s demand by April 10.

The talks was held today at District Rural Development Agency conference hall in Senapati town. It was initiated in March last year finding a solution to the UNC’s demand to revoke the Congress government order of creating seven new districts.

The last round of talk was held on November 10 last year.

The seven new districts were created by the Ibobi Singh government in November 2016, bifurcating seven districts, five of them are in the hills.

The UNC opposed the creation of the districts saying that as it divided Naga settlements into different districts and imposed indefinite blockade.

Following few agreements at the first tripartite talks held on March 19, the UNC lifted 130 days blockade. The UNC president, Gaidon Kamei and his secretary, in Jail against imposing the blockade, were released the next day.

In today’s talks the UNC was represented by its president Gaidon Kamei, general secretary S. Milan, president of All Naga Students’ Association Manipur Seth Shatsang and president of Naga Women’s Association Asha Wungnam.

The state government was represented by agriculture minister V. Hangkhanlian, tribal affairs and hills minister N. Kayisii and education minister Th. Radheshyam supported by additional chief secretary Dr. Suresh Babu and secretary (revenue) T. Ranjit Singh.

Joint secretary (NE) ministry of home affairs, Satyendra Garg represented the government of India.

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