Imphal: Prime Minister Manmohon Singh on Saturday said that there was no winners in the crippling economic blockades that Manipur had faced, while stating there was no plan for a 'supra state' for Nagas in the Northeast. (Agencies)
"There were no winners. The only the losers were the common people," Singh said referring to the economic blockades on two national highways at a public meeting here on a day's visit to Manipur along with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Central ministers.
Pointing out that the economic blockades had severely affected the economy of the state he questioned whether it brought any benefit. "No such thing has happened."
On recent media reports that the Centre was planning a 'supra state' for Nagas in the Northeast, he said "there is no such proposal. Integrity of Manipur will be protected and the state is an important part of the Union."
The public applauded the Prime Minister when he said the protection of the territorial issue in Manipur was a very 'sensitive one'.
Stating that Manipur needed peace and tranquility for all round development, Singh said "Different communities have been living here for centuries and there should not be any misunderstanding among them."
The UPA Chairperson said the people had suffered during the recent economic blockades and wanted all youths to work for normalcy in the state.
Stating that the central government was working closely with the people of Manipur, Gandhi said "New Delhi may be far away from Imphal, but UPA government under Prime Minister Singh is sensitive."
She said all aspirations could be accommodated through dialogue.
The Prime Minister urged the people to live in peace and harmony as the Centre was prepared to do anything for the all round development of the state.
The UPA government at the Centre wanted Manipur's rapid development for which it was closely working with the state government, Singh said. He also said he was happy that projects in Manipur were being implemented properly.
He expressed happiness at the conduct of elections to the autonomous district councils in the hill districts after a gap of about 20 years saying it would give power to local bodies.
Congratulating the sportspersons of Manipur, Singh they had excelled in many fields.
Gandhi thanked the state government for bringing some militant organisations, including Kuki militants to the negotiating table and said all problems could be solved through dialogue.
Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh sought more Central help which the Central leaders assured.
Earlier, Singh and Gandhi inaugurated the new assembly complex and City Convention Centre, besides the Manipur Film Development Corporation complex and the Inter State Bus Terminus.
Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Naryanswamy accompanied them.
Environmental clearance to Tipaimukh: PM
Prime Minister Manmohon Singh on Saturday said that environmental clearance had been given to the proposed Tipaimukh dam project on the River Barak in Manipur to be funded by the World Bank.
He urged the concerned central ministries to actively pursue the funding with the World Bank.
The 1500 mw joint venture Tipaimukh Hydro Electricity Project is proposed to be constructed on the trijunction of Manipur, Mizoram and Assam over the Barak river which originates in Manipur's Senapati district.
''In the power section, I have been informed that the 1500 MW Tipaimukh Hydro Electricity Project will be executed by a joint venture company of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation and the government of Manipur,'' he said.
''I understand that a project for expansion and upgradation of power transmission, sub transmission and distribution networks in the north eastern states has been posed to the World Bank for funding. I am asking the concerned Central government ministries to pursue the matter actively with the World Bank,'' he said.
Earlier, media reports had said that Bangladesh government had reservations on the project as they had said it would affect their water management.
Imphal: Prime Minister Manmohon Singh on Saturday said that there was no winners in the crippling economic blockades that Manipur had faced, while stating there was no plan for a 'supra state' for Nagas in the Northeast.