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Manipur withdraws earlier order to ‘not provide food and shelter’ to Myanmar refugees

The Manipur government has withdrawn an earlier controversial order which directed authorities in districts bordering Myanmar to ‘not provide food and shelter’ to Myanmar refugees.

A fresh letter was issued by H Gyan Prakash, special secretary (home), government of Manipur, to deputy commissioners of Chandel, Tengnoupal, Ukhrul and Churachandpur districts.

“The state government has been taking all humanitarian steps and had recently taken all steps, including taking them to Imphal, to treat the injured Myanmar nationals. The state government continues to provide all aid,” said Prakash.

According to him, the content of his previous letter issued on 26 March had been misconstrued and hence been withdrawn to avoid misunderstanding.

“District administration should not open any camps to provide food and shelter. The civil society organisations should also not be allowed to open any camps to provide shelter/food,” the controversial circular, which came into public domain on Monday, said.

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