Assembly to discuss border issue on Aug 5
KOHIMA, AUGUST 3: Nagaland Government has become little complacent and casual toward the border problems between Assam and Nagaland, said Opposition NPF MLA, Dr Chumben Murry in the Assembly today.
The Government of Assam’s intentions, under the Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, are clear, which is building up the tension in the Nagaland side of the border areas.
Dr. Murry, while appreciating the State Government’s move, said diffusing tension in the border areas is not enough but there should be effort to build rapport as well as create mutual understanding and recognition among the settlers in border areas.
Observing that the Border Affairs Department has not been given its due importance, Dr. Murry urged the Government of the day and the Department to be more active and if need be, the Department can be expanded with more activities and flexibility.
Nagaland Government has recently strengthened its manpower at Vikuto, Aosenden and Tsutapela Gate in order to counter the fresh attempts made by Assam to establish new Border outposts.
In a written reply to a starred question raised by MLA Dr. Chumben Murry in the Assembly today, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton said the State machinery is alert and prepared to offset any moves by Assam.
Patton also said, there is no official communication received on the media report that Assam Government plans to set up Battalion camps at strategic locations along the Assam-Nagaland border.
On this, MLA Imkong L Imchen cited that the recent agreement between the Chief Secretaries of Assam and Nagaland, has not been made available in the House.
Further, he also asked how the Government desires to keep the machineries alert and prepared to offset any moves made by Assam. Replying to the supplementary queries, Chief Minister Rio informed the House that when the question was put no discussion was held between the two States but he had telephonic conservation with his Assam counterpart Sarma and discussed on length how to diffuse the tension and to maintain peace in the disputed area.
Fortunately, he said on July 31, the Chief Secretaries of Assam, in presence of Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and Assam Minister Ranoj Pegu, signed the agreement to de-escalating the tension in the two locations.
Both sides had agreed to withdraw the forces which had been completed on August 1, he said while expressing happiness.
“We also decided that satellite mapping and survey will be conducted to check that no fresh entries or activities happen in those areas”, he said.
Rio also highlighted that he, along with Sarma, had discussions on border issues with Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the NEC meeting in Shillong on July 24 and 25.
The Union Home Minister Shah is very clear that before celebration of the 75th year of Indian Independence all these inter-state border problems should be resolved, he said.
“We both (he & Sarma) agreed that the Supreme Court case, which is still pending, could not resolve the border problem as it had resorted to mediation but it has also not been implemented”, he said. That petition has not been terminated, but State to State with the supervision of the Home Ministry all these issues can be settled, he said.
There is no harm if there are some Naga settlers within Nagaland or Assam people settled in their area, he said.
Rio also said that the ambitious Foothill Road of Nagaland is suffering because of the disputed area. Though we claim that the Foothill Road has clear demarcation within Nagaland is yet to get the sanction, he said adding that the Central Government is very sensitive and aware not only of Assam-Nagaland inter-state border dispute but with other States also.
Imkong L Imchen also put forth a notice to the NLA Speaker Sharingain Longkumer to allow discussion on the border issue in the ongoing session of the Assembly, which was agreed by Rio.
Longkumer later notified that discussion on the Assam-Nagaland border had been listed for discussion on August 5.
(Page News Service)