N Biren Singh blames journalists’ misinterpretation over his controversial hill-valley separate administration remark

Imphal: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has refuted rumours of hill-divide policy and separate administrations in Manipur.

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Addressing the gathering at the launch of ‘Onetime financial assistance for clothing and personnel belonging to those living in relief camps’ today at Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak in Imphal East District, the Chief Minister expressed disappointment that some journalists misinterpreted him when he said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had assured to take maximum responsibility for the hill districts and at the same time instructed the state government to ensure that peace is restored in the valley with cooperation of the civil society organisations including Meira Paibi members.

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He said there can be no separate administrations in Manipur and Shah had assured to take extra responsibility to prevent unwanted activities by hill-based kuki militants and to ensure that they abide by Suspension of Operation (SoO) ground rules.

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Further, CM N Biren Singh also informed that the state government had been putting in every effort to restore peace and normalcy in the state by using its various machineries, adding that security forces had been deployed for guarding places in the state’s periphery. He urged the public to not believe in rumours and to stay calm. He also appreciated women of the state for their support in bringing the state towards normalcy.

The Chief Minister added that the government had been taking all possible steps to provide shelters and temporary housing facilities to people displaced by violence in Manipur. He said temporary housing facilities are being constructed at different suitable places for relocating displaced people, where they would stay till the law-and-order situation improved and they could return to their earlier respective homes.

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Regarding the financial assistance provided today, Chief Minister N Biren informed that the government, after considering the hardship faced by displaced people, had taken the decision to provide Rs. 1,000 to each individual taking shelter at relief camps as one-time financial assistance through the respective Deputy Commissioners of different districts. He distributed financial assistance of Rs. 1,000 to displaced people taking shelter at Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak and at 86 Battalion CRPF, Lamphelpat.

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