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Myanmar plans to demolish 19 houses in Indo-Myanmar border

Rio with Sushma Swaraj

Rio seeks GoI’s intervention

Dimapur, July 12: Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio on Thursday sought the intervention of Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to prevent the likely demolition of 19 houses falling between Border Pillar No. 145 and 146 on the Indo-Myanmar border by the Myanmerese authorities.
In a meeting with the Union Minister, Rio informed the Minister that these 19 houses, which comprise 11 Government buildings and 8 private houses including one school, belong to Nagas living on both sides of the border and suggested that the infrastructure could be effectively utilized by both countries to promote international border trade and facilitate people to people contact.
A CMO release informed that Sushma Swaraj assured the CM that she would take up the matter with the Myanmarese authorities for a solution.
Rio also called on Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today and discussed about the Army occupied land in Dimapur municipal area to be handed back to the State Government by the Army.
The Union Minister assured the Chief Minister that she would get the matter examined and respond to the request of the State Government at the earliest.
In another meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Rio discussed issue relating to release of pending disaster fund, enhancement of remuneration for Village Guards and early settlement of Naga political issue.
Rio also drew the attention of the Ministers towards the release of fund under special package for ENPO region, as assured by Prime Minister during his election campaign tour to Tuensang.
The chief minister was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister, Y. Patton, Advisor Toshi Wungtung, MP (Lok Sabha) Tokheho Yepthomi, Dr DK Bhalla, Chief Resident Commissioner New Delhi and Jyoti Kalash, Principal Resident Commissioner, New Delhi. (Page News Service)