NAGA POLITICAL PROBLEM: The Naga patiently and eagerly await the final solution | Morung Express

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio greets Rashtriya during the Independence Day celebration on August 15 at Nagaland Civil Secretariat Plaza, Kohima. (Photo Morung)

Our correspondent
Kohima | August 16

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said on Monday that the Naga are patiently and eagerly awaiting a final solution to the Naga political issue. “The Naga want an inclusive, honorable and acceptable early solution. This has also been said on various forums. All the elected representatives, representing the people of this state, have also come together and said in no uncertain terms that they will step down once a solution is found, Rio said in his speech at the Independence Day celebration. on August 15 at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat Plaza, Kohima.

In fact, he said, all elected officials actively facilitated and urged the negotiating parties to realize our people’s long-held dream without delay. “We know that the negotiating parties have worked hard and will continue their work until all issues are resolved,” he said.

The CM also issued a fervent appeal to “my kind-hearted people” to continue to be patient and accommodating. Furthermore, he called on all parties concerned to listen to the voice of the people, rise above all differences and heed the cry of “our people for an immediate solution.”



‘Need to continue efforts to achieve the fruits of development for everyone
“As we celebrate 75 years of Indian independence and Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, we must continue to strive to ensure that the fruits of development and progress reach everyone, especially the last man of the line,” Rio said.

He said the state government, in full coordination with the Indian government, has implemented several social welfare programs to improve the lives of people in the state. Despite severe resource constraints, we have recently taken a number of steps to further streamline the flow of funds and improve program delivery, Rio said.

Rio maintained that the state of Nagaland has also, along with the rest of the country, made good progress.

“Since the establishment of the state in 1963, successive governments have contributed to development efforts. We have redoubled our efforts to develop the talents of our people and to provide them with an enabling and enabling environment through infrastructure and better services,” Rio said.



Government target to complete Medical College in Mon by 2024-25
The CM said construction work at Nagaland Medical College Kohima showed physical progress of 75%.

“We have created 60 key senior management positions. The department has requested the National Medical Commission to start the College from the next academic year i.e. 2023-24,” Rio said, adding that the government also aims to complete Mon Medical College. by 2024-25. In order to provide inclusive health care coverage to our entire population, the state government is preparing to launch the Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme (CMHIS) from October 2, 2022. The scheme provides health insurance coverage of 5 lakh per year per family for inpatient care to 1,05,144 families. CMHIS will also provide cashless services for most illnesses requiring hospital care.



“The state has witnessed an era of peace and normality everywhere”
Rio said the state government has always placed the utmost importance in maintaining good law and order in the state and in recent years with the sincere and effective efforts exerted by the district administration, the police, all security agencies and our Civil Society Organizations, the entire state has witnessed an era of peace and normalcy everywhere.

He said the tranquil atmosphere existing in the state was further confirmed when after many decades, 15 police station areas in the state in April 2022 were denoted to be disturbed and therefore removed. within the competence of the AFSPA. “We hope to see more areas coming out of AFSPA scope soon,” he said.

Rio said modernizing and upgrading its infrastructure within the police department is an ongoing process. “The police department is replacing old vehicles and getting modern security equipment, weapons and a communication system to increase its mobility and capabilities,” Rio said. He said the state government has always been keen to resolve “our long-standing border dispute with our neighboring states”.

To this end, he said, the Nagaland State Legislative Assembly has constituted a Select Cabinet Committee to consider the boundary issue and for an amicable settlement of interstate boundary issues. “The select committee has decided to take pocket initiatives. Separate local committees were formed to settle the matter amicably out of court for each pocket or colony for the border districts. We are hopeful to settle all our differences amicably when our nation celebrates 75 years of independence,” Rio said.



“The economic front of the state must grow much faster and more broadly”
Stating that the state of Nagaland has achieved a lot in the past 75 years, he said, “However, we are aware of many areas where we have not yet reached the desired levels. From today, as we enter the Amrit Kaal, the next 25 years that will lead us to 100 years of our independence, we must make the commitment to obtain for our State and our people all that we haven’t been able to do yet. .”

Rio said the state of Nagaland on the economic front needs to grow much faster and more broadly, and create more employment opportunities for its young people, who are more driven by private enterprise. “We must continuously build our capacities, especially the capacities and skills of our youth, to allow their inherent talent to flourish, in order not only to benefit but also to contribute to faster economic growth. We need to attract investment to exploit our rich natural resources, especially oil and natural gas, efficiently and sustainably. We also need to make our tourism sector more dynamic,” Rio said.

To achieve this, our institutions must provide an enabling environment and society must be progressive and forward-thinking to embrace the necessary change and move forward cohesively taking full advantage of our democratic traditions and strengths, he said. .

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