Imphal: The All Manipur Tribals Development Grievances Forum (AMTDGF) on Friday called off their indefinite economic blockade following the state government’s intervention.

The forum on Thursday night began an indefinite economic blockade demanding the release of 100 of MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) funds to all districts of the state.

“AMTDGF calls off the indefinite economic blockade imposed along the national highway-2 (Dimapur to Imphal) and national highway-37 (Jiribam-Imphal) as the government of Manipur assured to release Rs 150 crores under MGNREGA to all districts of Manipur and the balance on the phase-wise basis by January 2023 without any delay,” the AMTDGF said in a statement.

AMTDGF also appealed to the state government for the unconditional release of all their executives and blockade supporters detained by the police.

The Manipur police had reportedly detained six people in connection with the blockade.

The Manipur government had appealed to the AMTDGF on Thursday to call off the blockade in the interest of the general public and the upcoming Sangai Festival – an annual tourism promotional event.

State transport minister Khashim Vashum assured that the government is taking all possible steps to release the funds.

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