Biren team meets Delhi officials

The consultative committee constituted by the Manipur government to monitor the peace talks between the Centre and the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) is in Delhi to discuss its progress with central officials.

By Khelen Thokchom in Imphal
  • Published 4.11.17
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Biren Singh

Imphal: The consultative committee constituted by the Manipur government to monitor the peace talks between the Centre and the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) is in Delhi to discuss its progress with central officials.

The two-men committee, headed by former chief minister Radhabinod Koijam, met interlocutor R.N. Ravi and secretary in the Union home ministry, Rajiv Gauba, on Thursday. It is believed to have conveyed to the officials the state government's stand on Manipur's territorial integrity.

It also plans to meet national security adviser Ajit Kumar Doval and other stakeholders. It is not clear whether it will meet NSCN (I-M) leaders.

"The committee will submit a report to the chief minister after the meetings with central officials. The details of the meeting with Ravi and Gauba have not been disclosed. Everything will be reported to the chief minister," an official source said.

The committee was constituted by the N. Biren Singh government last month in view of "growing public concern" over the likely outcome of the Naga peace talks, especially as the Centre is unwillingness to disclose the details of the framework agreement it had signed with the NSCN (I-M) in August 2015.

The chief minister sent the team to Delhi after convening an all-party meet on October 28 to discuss the Centre's talks with the Naga militant outfit.

The all-party meeting constituted a "sub-committee", headed by deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar Singh, to draft a memorandum for submission to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge him to safeguard Manipur's interest while making a final agreement with the NSCN (I-M).

Biren Singh said at the meet, "The territorial integrity of Manipur will not be compromised at any cost."

The committee, whose other member is Lt Gen. (retd) Konsam Himalay Singh, left Imphal for Delhi on October 31. Gen. Singh is also the chairperson of the Manipur Public Service Commission.

The chief minister is likely to lead a political delegation to Delhi after receiving a report from the committee. "The political delegation will appraise the Centre of the concern of the people of the state and the likely fallout of any agreement that harms the administrative structure of the state. A representation will be submitted to the Centre, expressing the firm stand of the state government and political parties on the issue of Manipur's oneness," an official source said.