Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has said that his government is seriously considering the probability of lifting the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) with the gradual improvement in the law and order situation.
The CM was briefing the media on achievements of his government over the last three years and priorities for the years ahead. He said he had apprised the Home Ministry on the need to repeal AFSPA citing the improving situation in the state. However, he felt the situation was not quite conducive to scrap the Act entirely.
“The law and order situation in the state is becoming normal unlike the past. But, let us wait for a better situation so that AFSPA can be repealed from the state,” Singh said.
The Manipur Cabinet recently extended the ‘disturbed area’ status for another six months in the state excluding seven Assembly segments in Imphal municipality areas. The Act was lifted in the seven Assembly segments in 2001.