Patil assures MUSU on State integrity
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 23: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil today assured a delegate of Manipur University Students' Union, that the territory of Manipur would not be disturbed at all.

In a statement, the student body said that the assurance was given when a team of MUSU led by its president W Ashokkumar Singh called on the Home Minister.

The others included Naoroipham Kapu and Delhi based scholar from Manipur, Binalakshmi Nepram.

The team also submitted a memorandum to the Home Minister detailing the suffering of the people due to the 52 day economic blockade imposed by ANSAM.

When queried whether the UPA Government will respect its Common Minimum Programme which said that the existing territory of the North East States will not be disturbed, Patil replied in the positive and assured that the status quo of Manipur will not be disturbed, said the statement.

Understanding the struggle of the Naga people in the last five decades, the delegates \jrged the Home Minister to take up serious efforts not only to solve the economic blockade issue but also to promote peace and harmony amongst the different ethnic groups living in Manipur.

The delegates also assured the Home Minister that the civil societies of Manipur are willing to cooperate with the Government to work on confidence building processes which will bring peace, prosperity and development to all the people of Manipur, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or ethnicity, added the statement.

MU Bill to be passed in Monsoon session: During a meeting with the delegates of MUSU today at Parliament House, Union Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh assured that the Manipur University Bill will be passed in the Monsoon session of Parliament to pave the way for the upgradation of the varsity to a Central University.