Govt has no right to ask CSOs to reconsider bandh: NVCO

Govt has no right to ask CSOs to reconsider bandh: NVCO
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Dimapur, February 10: The Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organization (NVCO) has said that the Government of Nagaland has no moral right to appeal civil society organizations (CSOs) to reconsider state-wide bandh on February 11.
In a statement, the NVCO said the lone Lok Sabha member from NDPP had voted in favour of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 (CAB), which the NVCO said is solely against the interests of the present and future generation of Naga society.
Extending its fullest support to the statewide bandh called by the Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) on February 11, the NVCO reminded that for long the PDA Government had been “pleasing the master” by taking a stand – ‘we don’t oppose Citizenship(Amendment) Bill 2016’ with “silly excuses” that the Nagas are protected by Article 371 A of the Constitution of India and the Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873(the BEFR 1873) referred as the Inner Line Regulation (ILR).
However, NVCO president Kezhokhoto Savi questioned the State Government as to how far the State Government has been protecting the rights of the Naga indigenous inhabitants under the provision of Article 371 A when so much of lands are owned by non-indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland. He also questioned to what extend the State Government has been effectively enforcing the BEFR 18739 9 (ILR) when the non-Nagas and the IBIs has almost control the markets in Nagaland.
“The state government come up with draft time to time but never come to a conclusion which shows their insincerity and don’t care for the interests of its citizens,” he alleged, adding the State Government still remains silent about the demand of the people to apply the BEFR (ILR) to the commercial hub of the State, Dimapur.
The NVCO also reminded that the Nagaland and Revenue Regulation (Amendment) Act, 1978 clearly states that the entire surface of the earth crust within the territory of Nagaland are to be owned by the Naga indigenous and not by the non-indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland.
The NVCO also vehemently opposed the statement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday while addressing a public rally that “Citizenship Bill won’t harm interests of NE”. It further expressed gratitude to the strong protest group who are fighting for the interests of the North East (NE). (Page News Service)