Imphal (Manipur), May 21 (ANI): With the stand off between Manipuris and Nagas remaining stalemated over Naga rebel leader Thuigaleng Muivah's attempted controversial visit to his village in Manipur, the government has taken a laudable decision to airlift essential supplies to save lives in the state.
The prompt government decision to airlift essential commodities is aimed at easing the pressure of shortages caused by an ongoing Naga economic blockade.
Life saving medicines, food grains and other essential commodities are being flown into the state. This is providing much needed respite to the people of Manipur.
The Naga groups have imposed economic blockades along National Highway-39 and National Highway-53, both of which serve as the lifeline to the remote north east state.
The first consignment of goods reached Imphal Airport from Assam's principal city of Guwahati, and was distributed at government-approved prices.
Priority was given to the economically weak and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.
P. Vaiphei, the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Manipur, said: "Tomorrow at 9.00 a.m., another small quantity of consignment will arrive. The consignment will not be taken to the FCS godown, but will be handed over to the Deputy Commissioners of Imphal East and Imphal West. They will then set up a mobile open sale from tomorrow onwards at different places."
Meanwhile, different communities, including Nagas and Meities, are participating in demonstrations aimed at restoring peace and normalcy to the region.
They have demanded an end to the over a month-long economic blockade.
Katalu Gangmei, a Naga protestor, said: "We have always wanted to live together peacefully. And, if any problems arise, it will be better for him (Naga rebel leader Thuigaleng Muivah) not to enter the state."
Maipak Devi, a Manipuri protestor, said: "We hope our protests can bring peace. After we succeed, we will stop our agitation, and if not, we will intensify it."
As usual the common people in Manipur are the worst sufferers. (ANI)