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Manipur government sends feelers to ANSAM

Manipur government has sent feelers for holding talks with agitating Naga students union, which has been blocking national highways since one month to protest government's plan to hold elections to autonomous district councils.

india Updated: May 18, 2010 12:57 IST

Manipur government has sent feelers for holding talks with agitating Naga students union, which has been blocking national highways since one month to protest government's plan to hold elections to autonomous district councils.

Manipur Sports Minister and Government Spokesman N Biren on Tuesday said that the government was confident that All Naga Students' Association Manipur (ANSAM) would response to its appeal to call off the indefinite economic blockade and indicated that the government was open to talks.

Manipur-based All Manipur Christian Union (AMCU) would also be meeting civil society organisations in Nagaland soon in connection with the economic blockade along the National Highways 39 (Imphal-Dimapur) and 53 (Imphal-Jiribam) by some Naga organisations, he told reporters.

ANSAM had launched the economic blockade on the two highways to protest government's plan to hold elections to autonomous district councils in Manipur hills.

Biren said there was no lack of initiative on the part of the government in arriving at a solution.

Alternative solutions such as airlifting of life-saving drugs and rice were necessary in view of the shortage of drugs in hospitals, he said.