IMPHAL, April 7: Chief Minister N Biren Singh held talks with the 11-member delegates of agitating Joint Action Committee (JAC) against anti-tribal bills (Churachandpur) here.
The JAC is protesting the passing of three bills to protect indigenous people.
The talks were positive said a statement from the state information centre.
In the first round of talk held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Mr Singh expressed his desire to let the families of the victims perform the last rites of the deceased considering the mental trauma they had to undergo.
Nine people were killed in the stir.
He further said, “There is no country/state or even a family without any problem and any crisis or problem can be resolved through a series of meetings.”
He appealed to the JAC and the people of Churachandpur to come forward for negotiation.
He further said the state government is ready to have series of negotiations to resolve any issue for the betterment of the state and its people.
He also thanked the JAC for responding to the appeal of the government for talks.
He reiterated that Manipur is made up of Hills and Valley and without hills and tribals there is no Manipur.
Pointing out that government is for the people, the chief minister said his government, immediately after assuming power, had successfully resolved the longest economic blockade through negotiation.
He expressed his regards to the United Naga Council (UNC) for lifting the blockade.
The JAC also had submitted their charter of demands to the government which were discussed, he said.
After the discussion, the meeting resolved to have a next round of talks on April 10.
Works Minister Th Biswajit Singh, Agriculture/Veterinary Minister Minister V Hangkhanlian, Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen, TD & Hills Minister N Kayisii, Chief Secretary O Nabakishore, DGP L M Khaute also took part in the discussion.
The JAC delegation was led by its chief Convenor H Mangchinkhup and consisted of representatives of various tribal bodies and organisations like Young Paite Association, United Zou Organisation, Tedim Chin Union, Mizo People Convention and others.
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