Kohima, November 8: The ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) in Nagaland Thursday reaffirmed to stand for an early resolution of the decades old Indo-Naga political issue through a negotiated political solution that is democratic, honourable and acceptable to the people.
Adopting a ten-point resolution on Thursday during its 3rd general convention held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here, the NDPP appealed to the negotiating parties, both the Centre and the Naga political groups to expedite the peace process and bring about an early resolution in response to the cry of the people for genuine and lasting peace in the State.
The convention assumes significance as this is the first general meeting of the party after forming the Government in the State in March last. Notably, though initially the main gallery of IG stadium was jam packed with multitude of people attending the convention, however during the passage of the resolution there were barely a few people.
Through the resolution, the NDPP extended support to the declaration of the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government in Nagaland to play the role of an active facilitator in the on-going peace process between the Centre and Naga political groups.
The NDPP up held the democratic desire of the Naga people to live together as one family while also reiterating its support for integration of all continuous Naga areas under a single administrative unit.
In this, the ruling party called upon all sections of the people to come together under a spirit of unity, brotherhood and oneness and make efforts towards strengthening of the political dialogue so that all sections contribute towards early realisation of an honourable political solution.
It also called upon all sections, especially the neighbours to build confidence and good neighbourliness under a spirit of mutual co-existence in the greater interest of the region and of the country.
The NDPP asserted that it is a political party with a firm regional ideology that carries the voice of the masses and at the same time has a national outlook while pursuing policies and programmes that are in tune with global responsibilities,
In line with this stand of the party, the NDPP reiterated its position of being a contributing member of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) while also extending its appreciation to the partners of the PDA coalition and also to the other members of the NDA and the NEDA for the support and the solidarity.
The NDPP congratulated the PDA Government for the new initiatives that has been undertaken especially steps aimed at good governance, transparency, conservation of the environment, promotion of merit and removal of VIP culture in Nagaland.
The NDPP while resolving to continue to pursue its ideals of realisation of justice and equality under a spirit of peace, democracy and freedom as enshrined in the Constitution of the Party, urged the State Government to focus on all round development of the State that will ensure accelerated economic growth, create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the youth, promote upgradation of the agriculture and allied sector and improve overall infrastructure, especially the network of roads and bridges.
The NDPP urged the State government to consider positive reforms that will enable economic growth, create employment opportunities, attract external investment, enhance tourism potentials and promote brand Nagaland in a progressive manner to the national and international community.
The NDPP also urged the government to give special focus to the social sector especially in the fields of education and health where significant policy decisions needs to be undertaken for improving the overall scenario of these sectors in the greater interest of the present and future generations.
The NDPP asserted to remain committed in its endeavour to bring about progressive transformation aimed at all round development with special focus on the backward and interior regions, in an inclusive and equitable manner where the welfare of all citizens and stakeholders, especially the weaker sections of society, are of topmost priority.
“The party will continue to strive for freedom of speech and expression, promotion of gender equality, uphold the secular ethos of the country, protect the rights of minorities, support innovation, creativity and allow the arts to flourish,” the party resolved.
While standing up for regional sensitivities, the Party resolved to make all efforts in positively contributing towards the nation building process to achieve our declared aspiration of “change is coming” with the unstinted motto of ‘facta non verba’ (Deeds not word).
The resolution presented by Minister for Planning and Coordination and Land Revenue, Neiba Kronu was approved by raising hands by those present in the meeting. (Page News Service)