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Dimapur, July 2: The PDA Government has differed with the assessment of Nagaland Governor RN Ravi that the law and order in the State is precarious and grim and have deteriorated and collapsed since August 2019.
“The State Government is of the view that the assessment of the law and order being precarious and grim and having deteriorated and collapsed since August 2019 does not appear to be factual,” said a Government statement issued on Thursday by the State Department of Information & Public Relations.
The State Government was reacting to the June 16 letter from the Governor to the Chief Minister in which he had painted a grim picture of the law and order scenario in the State.
“The constitutional established State Government is being challenged on day to day basis by the armed gang who question the sovereignty and integrity of the nation while the instruments of law and order remain totally unresponsive. In such a backdrop I can no longer abstain from my constitutional obligations for law and order in the State under Article 371A (1) (b) of the Constitution of India,” the Governor had said in the letter.
In the statement, the State Government also felt that terming Naga national political groups as “armed gangs” by the Governor may not be in the interest of the peace process and may not be congenial to the achievement of lasting peace, which is the desire of both the GoI and the State Government.
The PDA claimed that the overall law and order situation in the State continues to be normal and peaceful. “The State Government is of the view that it is obvious that Nagaland is witnessing a period of peace and harmony and development efforts have been undertaken on a war footing,” it said.
The Government added that the State law and order machinery is fully aware of its responsibilities to maintain law and order, to provide safety and security to citizens and to control crime in the State on a continuous basis. (Full Text) (Page News Service)