The Manipur Cabinet has decided to recommend to the Union government extension of the Disturbed Areas Act and the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 in the State for a year with effect from December 1.

N. Biren, government spokesperson and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, announced this on Friday night. He said the decision was taken in view of the alarming law and order situation.

Many sections have been demanding the repeal of the AFSPA, alleging that the State and the Central forces had been abusing the provisions of the Act to violate human rights. Irom Sharmila completed 10 years of fasting on November 2, demanding the same. As there is no indication that the Act would be repealed, she is continuing her fast unto death.

The spokesperson said the government had decided to hike the power tariff from Rs. 2.60 per unit to Rs. 3.25. To check illegal connections, power lines would be laid underground and the work was progressing. The power position was very undependable in Manipur, and the consumers got only a few hours' supply every day.