Peace and prosperity of Manipur top priority: Amit Shah

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People of Churachandpur/Lamka welcoming Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the district/File photo)

Imphal: Union Home Minister Amit Shah who is on a mission to restore normalcy and peace during his three-day visit in ethnic strife-torn Manipur discussed to take necessary action to improve the law-and-order situation and build confidence among the public.

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According to official report, soon after his arrival at Imphal airport at 9:20 pm Monday, Amit Shah conducted a closed door meeting at CM’s secretariat. Apart from chief minister N Biren Singh, the meeting was also attended by cabinet ministers, Minister of State for Home Nityainand Rai, Sambit Patra, National Spokesperson, BJP, Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary (Home), Government of India, Tapan Kumar Deka, Director of Intelligence Bureau (DIB) among others.

The primary focus during the detailed discussion was to restore normalcy and bring peace to the state at the earliest as the state is witnessing sporadic fresh violence in the past few days.

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Amit Shah also aims to address and expedite the relief measures and make essential items like petrol, LPG gas, rice and other daily requirements made available to the common people.

Besides other relief measures, Shah also announced to compensate the families of the deceased during the riot.

An amount of Rs 10 lakh will be provided as compensation to the deceased families, in which Rs 5 lakh will be borne by the state and Rs 5 lakh by the Center. Moreover, one job will be given to the family of the deceased persons, it said.

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Meanwhile, the meeting also decided to installed telephone lines with the help of BSNL to dispel rumours.

“Had a fruitful discussion with the members of the different Civil Society Organizations today in Imphal. They expressed their commitment to peace and assured that we would together contribute to paving the way to restore normalcy in Manipur,” wrote the Union Home Minister on Tuesday.

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On Tuesday, Amit Shah arrived at Churachandpur accompanied by Union minister of state for Home, Satyanand Rai to hold meetings with the Kuki legislators, delegation of leaders, CSOs leaders and various student leaders at 27 sector Assam Rifles, Tuibong in Churachandpur district. BJP national spokesperson Dr Sambit Patra was also part of the team.

Civil society organisation leaders and five MLAs from Churachandpur and Pherzawl district – LM Khaute, Paolienlal  Haokip, Letzamang Haokip, Chinlunthang and Ngursanglur Sanate  accorded a warm welcome to the visiting Union Home minister and his accomplices at the helipad.

Amit Shah was welcomed in Lamka with Kuki-Zo women forming a human chain along the route from the helipad to the meeting venue in Lamka.

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Shah held an hour-long closed door meeting with the leaders of various civil society organisations based in the district. It was followed by a meeting with “intellectuals and prominent citizens” of the district to hear their opinions and suggestions to bring back normalcy in the State, an official report said.

On Wednesday, the Union Home minister is scheduled to visit Kangpokpi district headquarters where he will hold meetings with the civil society organisations, “intellectuals and senior citizens” of the district in his efforts to bring back normalcy in the state.

As per reliable sources, leaders from the Kuki community will press for separate administration during the meeting with Amit Shah.

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