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Home Ministry to initiate talks with Meiteis and Kukis to iron out Ethnic issues

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New Delhi. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the Central government is fully committed to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens in Manipur. Chairing a high-level meeting to review the security situation in Manipur in New Delhi, he said, the Ministry of Home Affairs will talk to both the groups, Meiteis and Kukis to bridge the ethnic divide, at the earliest. He stressed on strategic deployment of central forces to restore peace and tranquillity in Manipur. The deployment of forces will be increased if required. He further directed that strict action must be taken as per law against the perpetrators of violence. The central government has been actively supporting the Manipur Government in strengthening the security situation in the state.

The Home Minister also reviewed the situation in relief camps, especially in respect of the proper availability of food, water, medicines and other basic amenities. He directed the Chief Secretary of Manipur to ensure proper health and education facilities for the displaced people and their rehabilitation.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Intelligence Bureau Chief Tapan Deka, Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Pandey, Chief of Army Staff (Designate) General Upendra Dwivedi, Manipur DGP Rajiv Singh and other Senior officers attended meeting.

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