Solution to Naga political issue likely soon: Neiphiu Rio

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Appeal made to Manipur, Arunachal and Assam to extend all possible cooperation to enable peace, stability

HT Correspondent

DIMAPUR, Dec 1: “We are poised on the verge of history being made, as we could be very close to the final solution,” Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said on Sunday.

Addressing the 57th Nagaland Statehood Day celebrations at Kohima local ground, Rio said the negotiations between the various Naga national political groups (NNPGs) and the government of India have concluded.

“We (Nagas) are on the verge of history being made; we could be very close to a final solution. Negotiations between the various Naga Political Groups and the Centre have concluded,” he said.

He said the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) on Naga Political Issue welcomed the proactive role played by the mass-based organisations, tribal hohos, NGOs, churches and civil societies who made all out efforts to create a congenial atmosphere to ensure that the negotiations were headed in a positive direction.

He added an appeal has been made by the JLF to the people of the neighbouring states of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to extend all possible cooperation so that the peace process can conclude in a successful manner which will enable peace and stability in the entire region.

The chief minister expressed appreciation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and Nagaland governor and Centre’s interlocutor for Naga talks RN Ravi for carrying forward the peace process in a concrete manner which has resulted in bringing consensus among all the negotiating parties for successful conclusions of the negotiations on a positive note.

Rio conveyed his appreciation to “all negotiating parties for their magnanimity, spirit of understanding and foresightedness” to achieve a breakthrough in the Naga political talks.

“The long-awaited solution to the Naga political issue seems to be within grasp and that fills us with anticipation and happiness. This should also make the Nagas realise that huge responsibility lies on them to ensure that every step taken is in the right direction,” the chief minister stated.

He clarified that his “government was steadfast in its commitment to ensure progress and development of the people of the state in all spheres”.

Maintaining that agriculture continued to be the main occupation of the Nagas, he said the government had been promoting organic farming in the state as it would “double the income of the famers”.

“More than 1,42,603 small and marginal farmers have been added to the list of PM-Kisan beneficiaries. An amount of about Rs 54.60 crore have been directly deposited to the individual accounts of the farmers,” he said.

Rio called upon the people of the state to work steadfastly towards making Nagaland one of the most admired and developed states of the country.

The beautiful landscape of Nagaland and its rich and vibrant culture made the state one of the most interesting tourist destinations in the country, he said.

“We are continuously working towards improving and scaling up the tourism sector in the state,” he added.


PM greets Nagas on statehood day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the people of Nagaland on its 57th Statehood Day.

“Best wishes to my sisters and brothers of Nagaland on their Statehood Day. This state is known for its great culture. The people of Nagaland are compassionate and courageous,” Modi tweeted.


IAF flies Sukhoi 30 MKI

The Indian Air Force’s Eastern Air Command headquarters, Shillong, flew three superior multi-role state-of-the-art fighter aircraft Sukhoi 30 MKI from Chabua airbase in Assam to Kisama in Kohima to commemorate the Statehood Day.


Police Uniform Code

On the occasion, Rio released the Police Uniform Code (PUC) which outlines the expectations for all members of Nagaland Police to adhere to guidelines. The PUC is also meant to streamline and regulate police uniform upkeep and usage and to standardise the dress and appearance of all uniformed police officers and other ranks in the state police.

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