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MK Stalin Writes To Manipur CM Biren Singh Asking For Concurrence To Send Humanitarian Aid From Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has written to his Manipur counterpart N Biren Singh seeking concurrence to send aid including medicines. Stalin mentioned that his government is willing to extend its support in such trying times to help the citizens of the war-torn living in poor conditions in relief camps.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin
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The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M K Stalin, has written to his Manipur counterpart, N Biren Singh, offering aid in the form of medicines and other necessities for the northeast state that has been affected by violence.

The Manipur government has been asked to send its concurrence to send aid material to the citizens living in relief camps.

Stalin's letter is dated July 31 where he referred to the ongoing violence in the state and told the Manipur chief minister that he has been informed that more than 50,000 people were staying in relief camps due to the "prevailing situation".

The letter also read, "...there is an increasing need for some essential items for the affected people. At this crucial time, the Government of Tamil Nadu is willing to extend support to your State by providing necessary relief materials like tarpaulin sheets, bed-sheets, mosquito nets, essential medicines, sanitary napkins, and milk powder worth around Rs 10 crore."

Stalin also said that the aid can be airlifted if required and assured that it will be helpful for the people staying in those camps. 

Stalin further said, "I would request you to kindly give your government's concurrence for this humanitarian aid. Also, kindly inform us about the further action to be taken in this regard, so that my officers can coordinate with your officers and send the relief materials at the earliest."

When the ethnic violence in Manipur started, Stalin offered to provide training facilities for the sportspersons belonging to the war-torn state living in Tamil Nadu. 

More than 160 people have lost their lives and several hundred injured since ethnic clashes broke out in Manipur on May 3, after a 'Tribal Solidarity March' was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

Meiteis account for about 53 per cent of Manipur's population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley. Tribals -- Nagas and Kukis -- constitute little over 40 per cent and reside in the hill districts.

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