Friday, May 23, 2008

Govt directs DCs, SPs to flush out UGs

Kohima, May 22 (NPN): State government is reported to have issued guidelines to all DCs and SPs to flush out armed underground activists from civilian-populated areas before June 10.
According to highly-placed sources in government, the guidelines were announced during a joint meeting convened by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday with the DCs and the SPs at Civil Secretariat here. The meeting was also attended by Home Minister Imkong L. Imchen and senior government officials.
During the meeting, the DCs and the SPs were asked to strictly implement and enforce the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP), a guideline issued by Union Ministry Home Affairs (MHA) earlier.
The meeting revolved round two main issues – maintenance of law and order situation and tackling the rise in prices of essential commodities.
In the second session, representatives from Kohima Municipal Council (KMC), Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI), Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), Dimapur Chamber of Commerce, General Manger of FCI NE region in-charge of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur and Director of Food & Civil Supplies.
During the discussion, it was agreed that a mechanism would be evolved to check the spiraling prices and a detail strategy worked out for streamlining business management and curbing the prices. It was learnt the meeting agreed to come out with a weekly price index market rates of various commodities through the media.
Meanwhile, commenting about the meeting an official release said the chief minister observed that overall law and order situation in the State was under control and much better as compared to that of Assam and Manipur. The chief minister also stated MHA had mentioned in the SOP that factional clashes were not to be treated as normal law and order problems but to be handled differently through the joint effort of police, para military forces and the Army.
The release claimed the district administrations and municipal councils had done a commendable job in controlling the prices of essential commodities by fixing the prices after taking into account all relevant factors. The House resolved that collections by various organizations at the check gates should be stopped so that the prices could be brought down further.
(Courtesy: Nagaland Post)

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