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May 5, 2010

CM bound for Delhi today, scheduled to meet PM

   Imphal, May 05 2010: With tension running high following the rigid stand adopted by the NSCN (IM) as well as the State Government over the proposed visit of Th Muivah to his birth  place at Somdal, Chief Minister O Ibobi is scheduled to leave for New Delhi tomorrow to discuss the issue with the Prime Minister.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee are also expected to attend the meeting, which is scheduled for 9 am tomorrow.The Chief Minister will return tomorrow itself.
The Union Home Ministry has already arranged a special flight for the Chief Minister, which will take off from here at 7 am.With an imminent show down hanging heavy in the air, Chief Minister O Ibobi had a telephonic conversation on the issue with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today. It was during this conversation that the meeting with the Prime Minister was mooted and fixed for tomorrow.Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee also spoke to the Chief Minister urging him to come to Delhi immediately and work  out a resolution.Talking to The Sangai Express, a reliable source said that the State Government has still not budged an inch from its earlier decision to ban the entry of Th Muivah into Manipur. Towards this end, the State Government has prepared a detailed draft, which clearly mentions that the ban is not against the home coming of Th Muivah, but taking into consideration the ground reality.The draft prepared by the State Government points to fact that the NSCN (IM) has a hand in opposing the upcoming election to the ADCs, the bitter memories of the Naga-Kuki clash in 90s are yet to be forgotten as well as the sensitive issue for the demand of a Greater Lim.All these factors taken together convinced the State Government to ban the entry of The Muivah into Manipur under any circumstances, as this could re-ignite bitter memories.The scheduled meeting with the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister, gains significance with either side
sticking to their stand, said the source and added that any developments that arise after the meeting with the Prime Minister will be strictly scrutinised.To discuss the tense situation, the Cabinet met today again
and apart from re-affirming its earlier decision, decided to urge the Union Home Ministry to reconsider its earlier stand to allow Muivah to enter Manipur without consulting the State Government.
The MHA had earlier summoned Ibobi to Delhi, but it was deferred by the Chief Minister on the ground that the situation in Manipur is tense.Speaking to the media this evening, Government spokesperson
and IFCD Minister N Biren said that the Cabinet met twice today, one at 10.30 am and the other at 6 pm, to discuss the present situation.Apart from dwelling at length on the situation arising out of the proposed visit of Th Muivah, the Cabinet also took a number of decisions regarding the implementation of the 6th Pay recommendations for Government employees.The IFCD Minister said that the revised 6th Pay recommendations will be implemented with effect from April 1 .Along with this, there will be an increase of 35 percent of the pay for Dearness Allowance and another increase of 10 percent of the pay for House Rent Allowance.The Special Compensatory Allowance will also be hiked appreciably.The 6th Pay commission recommendations will also be implemented for pensioners, he said and added that the pensions would be
increased with each passing years for all pensioners.

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