Conflict victims should be provided relief immediately, says Manipur Governor
IMPHAL — Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey attended the 71st Plenary of the North Eastern Council (NEC) at the State Convention Centre in Shillong, Meghalaya on Friday.
The meeting was chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the presence of Union Minister of DoNER G Kishan Reddy; Minister of State, DoNER, BL Verma; governors and chief ministers of north-eastern states; and senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of DoNER.
During the interaction session, Uikey thanked the central government for its continuous support and guidance in the socio-economic development of the Northeast region.
Citing the prevailing situation in Manipur, she said that many people are currently living in relief camps and that they need to be sent to their homes. She also stressed the need to immediately give relief amount/interim relief amount to those whose properties have been damaged.
The governor also suggested providing self-employment and housing facilities to the victims on priority, saying that highways should be secured to increase trade and business, as well as enhance tea plantation as an alternative to poppy cultivation.
To avoid paying salaries to the employees from the amount for development works, a situation witnessed in the region, she said a lump sum amount should be given to the states as a grant so that it could be used for paying salaries as per the requirement.
She went on to highlight the need to enhance sports facilities, promote tourism, curb unemployment and restore peace in the state.