KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 19: Amid report of stalemate over a separate flag and the constitution, the Union Government and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) are trying to give final touch to all the competencies which have been already agreed.
While flag and constitution for the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) has remained a contentious subject; sources said the negotiating parties are meeting on daily basis to finalize the competencies, which runs over 30 pages. Although the Naga groups would agree for Naga Regional Territorial Council (NRTC) for Nagas of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur; NSCN (IM)’s demand for a separate flag and the constitution is likely to delay inking of final pact. The NSCN (IM) has reiterated that flag and constitution would not be compromised.
According to sources, the NSCN (IM) has put the ball in the Centre’s court on the issue of flag and the constitution. Whereas back home in Nagaland, some civil society organizations have been putting pressure on Naga groups to sign the final agreement and pursue pending matters, democratically, in later days. This assertion seemingly has not convinced the NSCN (IM) in view of incomplete or non-fulfillment of past agreements by the Government of India.
Currently the Central Government has deputed top brass from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) – as a fast track – to negotiate with the NSCN (IM) Chief Negotiator, Thuingaleng Muivah. Chairman, Q. Tuccu and Vice Chairman, Tongmeth Wangnao, along with several senior functionaries have recently joined team Muivah in New Delhi.
Sources said most of the competencies have been finalized and that once the final agreement is signed there will be a joint monitoring team to implement the agreed points.
Further according to sources, the Centre has proposed for strengthening, and deletion of some clauses in the Article 371A of the Constitution of India, and upgrade Nagaland Assembly into bicameral, known as a Tatar Hoho. Lower House, known as Leacy Hoho will have 80 members and Upper House, known as Federal Hoho, with 46 members, with 6 years term. Also MPs in Lok Sabha would be increased to 4, and 1 to 3 seats in Rajya Sabha.
As for NRTC it will have a separate legislature, legislative executive and judicial powers, Acts of the State legislature on the entries enumerated under competencies of the council shall not be extended to council areas. The Governor shall take into account the advice of the council on all matters that have bearing on the area. The council will have a separate budgetary provisions directly distributed to the councils.
Article 371A will be extended to NRTC areas.
Beside this, there are slew of economic package for development of Naga inhabited areas.
As Naga peace process hangs in balance and uncertainty looms, political parties and some NGOs are on their heels to break the impasse. The Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF), under the banner Political Affairs Mission (PAM), is hectic meeting Naga groups and civil society organizations led by former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang.
Also led by the Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA), a team of mothers from Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam have landed in New Delhi to meet Central leaders. Before their departure the NMA had also met Naga groups.
(Page News Service)