Rio urges Centre to intervene along Indo-Myanmar Border

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DIMAPUR, July 12 (Newmai): Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has urged the Central leaders to intervene on the likely demolition of Naga houses along Indo-Myanmar border by authorities.

Rio apprised this matter when he, along with Deputy Chief Minister, Y. Patton, Advisor Toshi Wungtung, and MP (Lok Sabha) Tokheho Yepthomi today called on Union Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State (Home), Kiren Rijiju at New Delhi.

According to the Nagaland Chief Minister’s Office, in the meeting with Swaraj, Rio discussed the issue relating to the likely demolition of 19 houses falling between Border Pillar No. 145 and 146 on the Indo-Myanmar border by the Myanmarese authorities.

He called upon Swaraj for early intervention of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in the matter so that the same may be prevented. Rio informed the Minister that these 19 houses, which comprise 11 government buildings and 8 private houses including 1 school, belonging to Nagas living on both sides of the border and suggested that the infrastructure could be effectively utilized by both the countries to promote international border trade and facilitate people to people contact. The Nagaland Chief Minister’s Office claimed that “Sushma Swaraj assured the delegates that she would take up the matter with the Myanmarese authorities for a solution”.

According to the Nagaland Chief Minister’s Office, in the meeting held with Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the Nagaland Chief Minister discussed about the Army occupied land in Dimapur Municipal area to be handed back to the State Government by the Army. The Union Minister has assured the Chief Minister that she would get the matter examined and respond to the request of the State Government at the earliest.

In another meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Neiphiu Rio discussed issue relating to release of pending disaster fund, enhancement of remuneration for Village Guards and early settlement of Naga Political Issue. Attention of the Ministers were also drawn towards the release of fund under special package for the ENPO region, as assured by Prime Minister during his election campaign tour to Tuensang, the Nagaland Chief Minister’s Office

The delegation was accompanied by Dr. DK Bhalla, Chief Resident Commissioner New Delhi and Jyoti Kalash, Principal Resident Commissioner, New Delhi.


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