Nagaland government moves to ease Naga political issue: Governor

Kohima: The Nagaland government has been making every effort as the Naga Political Issue Facilitator (NPI) to ensure that all negotiating parties reach an honorable, acceptable and inclusive solution, Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi said on Saturday.

In his speech on the first day of the week-long budget session of the Assembly, the Governor appreciated the coming together of all MPs to form the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), an unopposed government to seek an early solution to the NPI.

He called her one of the finest illustrations of everyone putting the interest and welfare of the people and the state above anything else.

The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and the BJP had formed the government in 2018. The NPF joined the ruling regime in September last year and formed the UDA.

I also hear and echo the voice of the people of the State for a speedy resolution of the NPI, which continues to take center stage in our minds and hearts. We are aware of the significant positive developments that have taken place in recent years, Mukhi said.

The union government has held two separate talks with the NSCN (IM) since 1997 and the National Naga Political Groups (NNPG) comprising seven organizations since 2017. The Center signed a Framework Agreement with the NSCN (IM) on 3 August 2015, and also reached an agreed position with the PGs in December 2017.

However, the final solution has yet to see the light of day, mainly due to the government’s reluctance to agree to the NSCN’s (IM) persistent demand for a separate flag and constitution.

The Governor said: “The State Government, as always, has done everything possible as a facilitator (of the NPI) to ensure that all parties to the negotiations can appreciate each other’s position and reach an honorable solution. , acceptable and inclusive. .”

Mukhi said he was confident that with the utmost concern shown by everyone, the long-cherished solution will soon become a reality.

Referring to the killing of 14 civilians in Oting village, Mon district on December 4 last year involving security forces, he said the painful and unfortunate event had caused outrage.

The government has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) which has completed its investigations, he said.

The military has also set up a court of inquiry into the matter and it too is expected to complete its investigations soon, the governor said.

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, he said the government has taken several measures to curb the spread of the virus.

We must continue to adhere to COVID-19 behavior, he said while urging all unvaccinated people to get fully vaccinated at the earliest.

The governor said the general law and order situation in the state remained generally peaceful.

On the issue of inter-state border tension with Assam, he expressed his joy that the Assembly had formed a committee headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to find ways to amicably settle the issue.

Mukhi said he was glad to see that the state government is also taking steps to address issues regarding oil and petroleum exploration.

The budget session will end on March 25.

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