On Friday the Centre reviewed the situation in Manipur in the wake of the crippling economic blockade. Minister for State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju asked the state government to end the blockade which has triggered a “humanitarian crisis”.
Rijiju, who is on a day-long trip to Manipur as a central emissary, stressed that the Manipur government must discharge its “constitutional duties” by ending the blockade and bring back normalcy in state.
Rijiju discussed the situation with Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and senior officials of the central and Manipur governments.
“This is a humanitarian crisis. We want that the Manipur government end the blockade as early as possible. Whatever assistance from the central government is required, we will give,” Rijiju said.
“There is a constitutional duty of the state government to bring back normalcy and they should ensure that there is no blockade along the highway,” he told PTI.
Manipur has been experiencing severe hardship in supply of essential items since November 1 after United Naga Council (UNC) imposed an indefinite economic blockade on the two national highways that serve as lifeline for the state.
The blockade on National Highway 2 has been continuing since November 1 crippling normal life in the landlocked state. The UNC has been protesting against the creation of seven new districts in the state.
Rijiju said the prices of essential commodities have gone up due to the economic blockade and people have been suffering.
On Thursday Home Minister Rajnath Singh had told Manipur Chief Minister that the situation was extremely distressing situation as it was causing an acute shortage of essential goods in Manipur. Singh also said that the state was facing a breakdown of law and order.
Three days ago, the Centre had rushed in aroung 4,000 paramilitary personnel to Manipur as violence broke out following the economic blockade on National Highways connecting the state.
(With inputs from PTI)