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Nagas struggling for solution to political issue: Neiphiu Rio

Nagas struggling for solution to political issue: Neiphiu Rio
January 24
09:20 2020

NET Bureau

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday said that Nagas have been struggling for resolution of the Naga political issue for the last 17 decades “because it is our birthright”.

“But we have to be reasonable and responsible about what is possible, what is not and what is achievable,” Rio said while addressing the 71st general conference of the Chakhesang Students’ Union, coinciding with the platinum jubilee of the Pfutseromi Village Students’ Union, at Pfutseromi village in Phek district.

Stating that the present student leaders are the future of the society, Rio said, “We have to take life seriously and learn to equip ourselves to face the challenging world.” He said the Government of India has recognised the unique history, culture and traditions of the Nagas. So the Nagas have to unite and find a settlement and the students and youth of today have to work together to build “our future”, he added.

On the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, Rio said the State Government had demanded that the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873 be enforced in Nagaland, to which the Centre agreed.

The inner line permit (ILP) system under the BEFR, 1873 was earlier applicable in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. It was introduced in Manipur recently, making it the fourth State in the North East to come under the system.

He said the Nagas, including the Sixth Schedule tribes of the North East, have been exempted and protected from the CAA. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also assured that the CAA would not affect the Nagas, he said.

“But our people should use the ILP carefully. Otherwise, the danger will come from our own people who will misuse it. It is the duty of the Nagaland Government that the ILP is enforced properly,” Rio added.

The Chief Minister also unveiled the platinum jubilee monolith of the students’ union on the occasion.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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