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Economic blockade hits Manipur hard

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, Nov 13 - Normal life has been severely affected in Manipur by the indefinite economic blockade on the State�s supply lines and subsequent demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

With the economic blockade by United Naga Council (UNC) entering the 13th day on Sunday, the petrol stock in the State has almost dried up forcing the school van operators to stop their services since Friday.

The stock of essential commodities including medicines is reportedly running out of stock. Potato is not available with most of the Imphal groceries since Saturday. Petrol is, however, available in the black market at Rs 200 a litre.

There are reports of the blockade and demonetisation impacting other parts of the State.

The indefitinite economic blockade was called from November 1 in protest against the decision of the State Government to declare the Sadar Hills in Senapati district and Jiribam sub-division in Imphal East district as fullfledged districts.

Some groups around Imphal have started a counter blockade by stopping movement of essentials to the hill areas.

Meanwhile, banks here have claimed that they are trying their best to supply currency notes to public by working extra hours since the announcement of demonetisation on Tuesday night. Though deposit and exchange of money is going on, almost all ATM booths here are non-functional since the last five days.

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Economic blockade hits Manipur hard

IMPHAL, Nov 13 - Normal life has been severely affected in Manipur by the indefinite economic blockade on the State�s supply lines and subsequent demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

With the economic blockade by United Naga Council (UNC) entering the 13th day on Sunday, the petrol stock in the State has almost dried up forcing the school van operators to stop their services since Friday.

The stock of essential commodities including medicines is reportedly running out of stock. Potato is not available with most of the Imphal groceries since Saturday. Petrol is, however, available in the black market at Rs 200 a litre.

There are reports of the blockade and demonetisation impacting other parts of the State.

The indefitinite economic blockade was called from November 1 in protest against the decision of the State Government to declare the Sadar Hills in Senapati district and Jiribam sub-division in Imphal East district as fullfledged districts.

Some groups around Imphal have started a counter blockade by stopping movement of essentials to the hill areas.

Meanwhile, banks here have claimed that they are trying their best to supply currency notes to public by working extra hours since the announcement of demonetisation on Tuesday night. Though deposit and exchange of money is going on, almost all ATM booths here are non-functional since the last five days.