Governor Ganesan promises to withdraw AFSPA from Manipur if situation improves

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Imphal: Manipur governor La. Ganesan on Tuesday said he will urge the Centre to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA) ‘if there is overall improvement in law and order situation where complete peace, calm and tranquility persists in the state’.

Ganesan made the remark while interacting with people at a community interaction programme held at Nungbi Khullen public ground, under Chingai sub-division of Ukhrul district.

It was the first day of his two days visit to Ukhrul and Kamjong districts.

With the improvement of law and order situation in some areas of the state, disturb area status have been withdrawn from the state. If there is complete peace and tranquility in rest of the state in the coming days, then he will urge the Centre to completely withdraw the same, the governor told the people.

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Ganesan said, there are certain issues which are to be addressed immediately. Some issues are local which is in the concern of the state government. In such issues, he assured the people that he will ask the chief minister to take prompt action.

Insisting people to co-operate the government especially in four different aspects, the governor said, firstly, all citizens should at least enrolled for Aadhar Card. All need to open bank account to get the benefits of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). He continued that all have to be vaccinated with Covid-19 vaccines as it will help fight the pandemic if possibly there comes a fourth wave.

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The cross-border smuggling activities including drugs is becoming a tough challenge these days, Ganesan said and urged the people to co-operate the government in fencing works in the border line once the works begins.

Tangkhul civil society organisations urged the governor to remove AFSPA completely from the state. Four memorandums were submitted to the governor.

They urged to exempt North-east from the imposition of Hindi language.

Ukhrul deputy commissioner Krishna Kumar, superintendent of police Saujanya Singh, district level officers and villagers greeted the governor on his arrival at Nungbi Khullen village. Cultural songs and dances were also shown as a part of the programme.

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The governor also inspected the famous Nungbi pottery works of the village.

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