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Rio asserts draft ‘Memorandum of Settlement’ for Eastern Nagaland is from MHA

File Pix- Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio

KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 26: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today asserted that the draft ‘Memorandum of Settlement’ (MoS) for Eastern Nagaland is from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA.
“It (Mos) definitely is sent by the Union Home Ministry and it was officially handed over to me by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss with the elected representative and ENPO officials”, Rio said while interacting with Reporters in the State Assembly complex on ENPO not accepting it.
Rio said the Eastern Nagaland legislators and the ENPO had a meeting but there are two different statements as the elected members say that during the meeting all the members present unanimously rejected the draft proposal by lifting their hands but now ENPO is saying that they have not got the draft from the Ministry.
“The confusion is between themselves”, he said, adding that the State Cabinet had decided that the ENPO and elected members should have a meeting on the matter.
“It is more on power sharing and so how best it can be handled if they accept or if not it be relooked and we will communicate to MHA”, said Rio.
The Chief Minister also said that “if they (ENPO) want they can ask directly from the Centre and we don’t have a problem but since we are assigned to do so, we did. Since they are directly having talks with the MHA they can directly ask, it is up to them”.
Meanwhile, Nagaland Governor La. Ganesan while touching upon the plight of Eastern Nagaland in his address to the members of State Assembly today, said “while we have been making rapid strides in every developmental sector, we are also aware of the significant regional imbalances in the levels of socio-economic development that have continued to prevail in our State on account of certain historical and geographical reasons.”
He said the State Government appreciates the initiatives being taken by the Central Government to redress the problems and grievances of the people of Eastern Nagaland.
Asserting that the State Government remains committed to provide the fullest assistance in suitably addressing all these issues, Ganesan said at this juncture, the need of the hour is Naga unity; and the Nagas can achieve the much needed unity by remembering their shared and intertwined history, by respecting and caring for each other and consciously nurturing the Naga brotherhood.
On being asked to elaborate the State Government’s consistent declaration that it is ready to pave the way for the final solution of Naga Political Issue, which the Governor also reiterated in his today’s address, Rio said “once the settlement comes which is honourable, acceptable and inclusive then we are ready to make the way for the next arrangement to bring peace into our land”.
The Chief Minister also confirmed that the legislators would also discuss the decision of the Centre to end the Free Movement Regime along the Indo-Myanmar border.
(Page News Service)