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Governor appeals Centre to reconsider decision to seal Indo-Myanmar border, continue FMR


KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 26: Nagaland Governor La. Ganesan today said that the State Government has requested the Central Government to reconsider the decision to seal the Indo-Myanmar border and to continue the Free Movement Regime (FMR).
Dwelling on the Central Government’s announcement for suspension of FMR along the Indo-Myanmar border, the Governor in his address in the Assembly said this has evoked concern and anxiety among our people, especially those staying in the border areas.
“In view of the Naga history, the close tribal and family bonds shared by people across the borders, and also the traditional ownership of land in many cases transcending international boundaries, we are seeking reconsideration of the decision by the Central Government, and for the continuance of the FMR”, he said.
The State Government has further requested the Central Government to make appropriate regulations for movement of people across the borders in consultation with the State Government, he said.
“We are also seeking to bring in the Village Council Authorities concerned in the entire system of regulations of the FMR for its proper and smooth implementation. We remain hopeful of an early and favorable response to our plea”, he said.
Naga Political Issue: Ganesan said that the State Government continues to remain mindful of the unresolved Naga political issue, which has been one of the major constraints in the pursuit of our development and welfare goals.
He said for the last many years it has been the cherished dream of everyone in Nagaland to witness the final solution to the Naga Political Issue and to live and work in a peaceful environment.
“On behalf and for the sake of the people of Nagaland, I once again call upon all the stakeholders to overcome their differences and any other remaining obstacles, and to thrash out the final solution in a spirit of give and take”, the Governor appealed.
The State Government has been giving and will continue to give the highest importance to the peaceful resolution of the Naga Political Issue; and it will take every possible step in furthering and strengthening the ongoing peace process and in playing the role of active and constructive facilitator, he said.
Ganesan thanked the Members of the House for their unflinching commitment to the peaceful and early resolution of the Naga Issue and for coming together to form an opposition-less Government to facilitate its early resolution in the larger interest of our people.
The Governor reiterated that the State Government is ready to pave the way for the final solution that is honourable, acceptable, and inclusive.
ULB Election: The new Nagaland Municipal Act, 2023 was passed for better all round development of the towns through grass-root level governance, he said and expressed happiness that the Government is taking all the necessary measures for the early conduct of the Urban Local Bodies elections.
Human resource & others: Asserting that the Government is giving highest priority to nurturing and developing the human resources, in which the State has great potentials in terms of age profile, talent and motivation, Ganesan said the Government is trying to ensure that the educational system at all levels keeps pace with the time and the newest developments in education sector in the State.
The Department of School Education have designed interventions through various mechanisms such as: strengthening of education management information systems (EMIS), developing a teacher attendance monitoring system (TAMS), formation of professional learning communities (PLCs) of adult learners consisting of system leaders, education managers and teachers to strengthen continuous professional development through decentralised capacity building models, he said.
Further, for enhancement of the overall teaching and learning environment, we are planning to construct 16 school complexes based on a hub and spoke model, known as the Lighthouse School Complexes, he said.
In a move which will have a far reaching and decisive impact on the higher education landscape in the State, the Government is actively pursuing with the Central Government for setting up an Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) in Nagaland, he said.
An institute like IISER could give the State a national institute of importance and would immensely help in promoting science and maths education and research in our State. We have acquired about 200 acres of prime land at a very well connected location in Sukhovi, Chumoukedima district for setting up the IISER, he said.
Saying that the Government is proud of the immense talent and achievements of our youth in the sporting arena, he said in every sporting event that Nagaland has participated in recent years, both at the national and international levels, the boys and girls have shown their mettle by regularly winning medals.
The Governor said that while the State is witnessing its soft power steadily making its presence felt outside the State, the Government has also been continuously taking steps to improve the critical infrastructure, such as road connectivity, power and other logistics to ensure the State remains on the fast track of development and progress.
Further, to strengthen the Veterinary Health Services in the State, the Department has established two more Veterinary Hospitals at Tseminyu district and Mangkolemba in Mokokchung district under NABARD which are nearing completion.
The Rural Development Department is implementing a community-led poverty reduction programme in 1260 villages under 74 RD Blocks covering all the districts through Nagaland State Rural Livelihoods Mission (NSRLM) under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM), he said.
The programme has benefitted more than 1.24 lakh rural households through 14,487 Self Help Groups, he said.
Endowed with rich biodiversity and forest wealth, the Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has taken another step towards enhancing the forest cover of the State by bringing an area of more than 24,000 hectares under afforestation, with above 55 lakh seedlings planted through the JICA Assisted Nagaland Forest Management Project (NFMP), he said.
The Governor expressed happiness that there has been a consistent growth in the State’s GST collection over the years, which shows the success of the various measures taken for improving the tax collection.
In this financial year, the overall GST target is Rs 1397.94 crore, and as per the figures up till December 2023, we have already collected Rs 995.35 crore and are hopeful of achieving the target, he said.
However, given the requirements, Ganesan said the Government needs to make even greater efforts. “Given the size of our economy and the level of public spending, there is still a good scope for increasing our tax and non-tax revenue collections in the years ahead. I hope these issues will be suitably addressed and discussed during this Budget Session”, he said.
The Governor called upon the legislators of the august House to keep the interest and the welfare of the people foremost in their minds while deliberating and taking action on any matter of public importance, both inside and outside the House.
(Page News Service)