Govt to send first convoy to Manipur on Saturday

Written by: Devaki
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New Delhi, Jun 17: Central Government has decided to provide the fist convoy of goods to Manipur on Saturday, Jun 19 as the highway-blockade continued despite the call off from a section of Naga students.

GK pillai, Home Secretary, who convened an emergency meeting on Wed, Jun 16 met the top officials of Nagaland and Manipur in Delhi. Pillai discussed about the implementation of forces to clear the blockade of two key highways linking Manipur with the rest of the country. He had a detailed discussion with Manipur Chief Secretary DS Poonia and additional Chief Secretaries of Nagaland, Toshi Aier and A Jamir, on the issues relating to the movement of vehicles through the roadlinks.

"The government of India is committed to keeping the (National Highway) NH 39 and NH 53 open. The first convoy of goods for Manipur, as informed by the state government, is expected to move to Imphal on Saturday," an official spokesperson informed after Pillai met officials from the two states.

"They reiterated the importance of keeping the highways open for movement of goods and people. The permanent arrangement of National Highway Protection Force for protecting and keeping open (the road) will also be put in place," he said.

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