Imphal: A delegation of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Manipur led by its general secretary L. Sotinkumar Singh along with five other members called on Manipur governor Anusuiya Uikey at Raj Bhavan on Friday and apprised of the prevailing situation along the national highways in the state.
The delegation informed the governor about the insecure environment in the national highways that transporter, drivers, helpers and the people have been facing for the last many years and especially during the present unrest the situation has worsened.
They said, extortion, looting, abduction and killings by miscreants and UGs is a common phenomenon and prices of commodities are sky rocketed due to these factors. Advocating the need for establishment of a dedicated force, they said, Highway Protection Force is the only hope for safeguarding the national highways and therefore, steps to implement it should be initiated at the earliest. The team submitted a representation to the governor and requested to inform the Prime Minister and Home minister in this regard.
This is a genuine problem and state and central governments have been trying to restore peace and normalcy so that people from all walks of life can live in a peaceful environment. Issues of extortion, looting, abduction especially along the national highways etc. have been discussed with security advisor, chief secretary and the chief minister and steps to control all forms of disturbance were also informed by the government, the governor told the delegation.
She assured them that she will apprise the issue to the Prime Minister and Home minister and asked them to meet security advisor.
M.H. Khan, Addl. chief secretary along with two officers called on the governor and apprised of the current status of Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in the state and discussed about the activities taken up under the ADCs. The governor informed the officers that she will visit the hill districts in the month of February.