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Sun, 16 Feb 2020

Northeast Today

Gov urges united effort for early settlement of Naga issue

Gov urges united effort for early settlement of Naga issue
January 18
10:18 2020

NET Bureau

The 5th session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) took place on Friday with Nagaland Governor, RN Ravi stating that while there has been good developmental progress, there still remains a lot to be done.

The Governor meanwhile affirmed the present government’s commitment to ensure that the “positive fruits of development and progress reaches every nook and corner of Nagaland.”

He meanwhile called upon the NLA to show a spirit of oneness and sincerity to confront the myriad challenges confronting the state.

Ravi stated that the PDA government has always considered the early settlement of the Naga political issue as its most important agenda.

Lauding the successful conclusion of talks between the Government of India and the Naga political groups, the Governor appreciated all stakeholders for exhibiting “utmost sincerity, foresightedness and a spirit of understanding in helping create a conducive atmosphere for conclusion of the talks in a positive manner.”

He further conveyed appreciation to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Home Minister, Amit Shah for their “commitment, determination and constant guidance which ensured the progress of talks in the most purposeful and determined manner leading to its successful conclusion on a positive note.”

He therefore termed it imperative that all the various organizations unite for an early settlement.

“If we fail this time, then we will be missing a golden opportunity,” he said.

Also thanking the Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on Naga Political Issue comprising of all the 60 elected members cutting across party lines, he said that the unity displayed by the members of the opposition benches and the role played by them is laudable.

The state government also welcomed the positive role played by the various tribal hohos, mass-based organizations, churches and civil societies who made every effort to help create a favourable atmosphere so that the negotiations between the various parties could proceed unhindered in a positive direction.

He meanwhile urged all state governments and the people of the neighbouring states to show the “highest level of understanding and extend all possible cooperation so that the peace process which has now reached a very critical juncture concludes in a successful manner in the interest of enduring peace and stability in the entire region.”

Overall law and order situation peaceful in Nagaland
The Governor while stating that the overall law and order situation in the state has been generally peaceful, however noted that there have been instances of people, especially in business and construction activities, being “intimidated or subjected to extortion threats by various anti social groups.”

He assured that all efforts are made to ensure that people of the State live and carry out their works in an atmosphere free of any fear or threat.

Towards this end, a Special Highway Construction Protection Team has been set up by the Nagaland Police, he said, adding that the team will specifically tackle extortions and kidnappings for ransom by armed groups on construction companies and contractors. He said that Special Task Force of NAP has also been raised comprising of 6 (six) platoons for containing extortion, illegal activities and for other operational exigencies of the State.

Beat patrolling under Police Modernization has also been launched in Dimapur last year by strengthening the Beat patrolling system with integration of modern gadgetry in traditional policing techniques, he said.

“It is time that criminal activities, especially emerging from and in Dimapur is effectively controlled. Law must be enforced and respect for the rule of law must become a way of life,” he said.

The Governor stated that despite the challenges, the law and order machinery of the state has been performing well on various parameters, and this has been duly recognized, when Nagaland was awarded the best performing State among small States for Law & Order for the year 2019 by the India Today Group ‘State of States’ Survey 2019′ for the second consecutive year.

After completing the list of business for the day, Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker- in-charge Sharingan Longkumer adjourned the session sine-die till February 7.

Longkumer informed that general discussion on Governor’s Address will be taken up on February 7.
He said that amendment, if any, can be submitted till 3:00 PM on January 18.

Source: The Morung Express

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