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Negotiating parties signed Framework Agreement & Agreed Position “to be with the Indian Union”: Nagaland CM

CM inaugurates LTC building at Wokha

DIMAPUR, AUGUST 30: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said that the negotiating parties involved in the Naga political issue have already signed the Framework Agreement (FA) and the Agree Position, “which means they have signed to be with the Indian Union, but to recognise the unique history of the Nagas and to co-exist with a new relationship of the two entities which was done in the spirit of Framework Agreement and with the spirit that sovereignty lies with the people our movement should be recognised.”
According to a DIPR report, Rio was speaking at the inauguration of Lotha Hoho building at Wokha town today.
He further stated that the present Government is sincere and committed to resolve the Naga issue and added that settlement should come at the earliest and if it so happens, he said, “We will not obstruct but will pave the way in Naga wisdom and tribal wisdom and resign for the interim government and think in terms of how Nagas should live as a united family and progress with the help of God.”
Stating that Nagaland is a special status State, Rio said, “The special status given to us involving decision according to our Customary Law, we have a recognised tradition and customary law and the guardians of the customary law and traditions of the Nagas and the community is the apex body of the tribal hohos and the Village Council institutional Chairman is the ultimate authority.”
He urged the guardians of our customary law and traditions to know the true meaning of the institution and work accordingly for the welfare of our community.
He said Wokha district is so fertile and blessed with natural resources hence urged the Lotha community to work hard for a progressive society. He also called upon the people to think positively and know how to exist in peace and harmony with one another for a progressive Naga society. The Chief Minister also stated that there are about 15 schemes directly benefitingfarmers and appealed to the District Administration and concerned Departments to monitor the schemes and policies so that they are properly implemented and to ensure that both Central and State schemes and policies reach the targeted people.
In regard to the internal differences going on between the LBCA and WTBC, Rio appealed to come to an amicable settlement so that good sense prevails in the community and for the benefit of the Lotha community.
About the Lotha Hoho building, Rio said way back in 2018 when he came to Wokha to attend the Tokhu Emong festival as special guest, the Lotha Hoho had requested for construction of new tribal council hall, for which he approached the GoI and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for the same and today it has become a reality.
He congratulated the Lotha community for the new building and appreciated the good workmanship exhibited by Lotha Hoho, led by its Chairman Er. Mhondamo Ovung, and all individuals involved in successfully completing the building and said this is the true example of a good leadership shown to the people.
The Chief Minister also expressed his appreciation to the Government of India and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for sanctioning the amount for construction of the building.
Chief Host of the programme, Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland, Yanthungo Patton, during his address thanked the Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio for taking keen interest in initiating the construction of the new Lotha Hoho building. He also appreciated the Lotha Hoho team and all involved for the sincerity and dedication shown and successfully completing the building.
The programme was chaired by Vive Chairman Lotha Hoho, Er. Mhondamo Ovung chairman Lotha Hoho delivered the welcome address, Technical report was presented by building construction committee convener Er. ON Ngullie, while vote of thanks was proposed by Advisor Lotha Hoho, Dr. N. Mhabemo Kithan.
The new LTC building was constructed under the initiation of Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio funded by Minister of Tribal Affairs GOI.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Minister for Soil and Water Conservation, Geology & Mining V Kashiho Sangtam, Advisor for School Education KT Sukhalu, Advisor Imnatiba, Advisor Er. Zale Neikha, Advisor Dr. Chumben Murry, Chuba Chang and host of dignitaries and party officials of the NDPP and BJP.
Earlier during the programme, the dedicatory prayer for the new building was offered by Rev. Tsopemo Ngullie.
(Page News Service)