The blockade which started on August 1, on two arterial national highways (NH) in northern Manipur, has led to a supreme crisis of essentials commodities. Prices have shot up 3 to 4 times, according to officials.
“The Chief Minister and Governor Gurbachan Jagat have repeatedly urged the agitators to withdraw the blockade,” a government official told reporters.
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi preceding week and discussed the blockade standoff with them.
Government spokesman and Minister N. Biren Singh admitted that the blockade has created a severe shortage of vital commodities, including diesel and petrol. People have to wait in long queues in front of petrol pumps, sometimes for an entire day, to buy a few litres of fuel, he said.