The People’s Convention on Special Status for Manipur has adopted two resolutions to accord the state with this status.

It said that these resolutions will acknowledge the territorial, administrative and emotional integrity of the Manipuri people.

They will forge a spirit of brotherhood among different indigenous communities and help them to preserve and develop their unique identities.

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The convention resolved to not allow any ethnic territorial council within Manipur as such arrangements will create more political and ethnic problems.

The second resolution stated that “special status” will mean specific provisions in the Indian Constitution.

The resolution also said that while the central government will be in charge of defence, external affairs and inter-state relations, the Manipur government will have administrative control over other departments and this is to be made possible by amending the Constitution.

Manipur should also be provided with powers to trade with its neighbours, the convention said.

The convention also demanded that profits from central projects implemented Manipur should be shared between the centre and the state.

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