Kohima, November 8: Reiterating that resolution of the lndo-Naga political issue is at the top of the NDPP agenda, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio Thursday appealed to the negotiating parties to expedite the process and bring about an honourable solution that is democratic in nature and is inclusive and acceptable to the people.
Addressing a mammoth gathering of party leaders and functionaries at the 3rd NDPP convention at IG Stadium here today, Rio said negotiations and talks between the Naga groups and the Government of India have been going on for more than two decades.
“We (NDPP) will continue to play the role of facilitator to the ongoing political dialogue and do everything that is possible to create an environment that is conducive towards realization of an early solution,” he asserted.
In this, Rio appealed to the negotiating parties, especially GoI, to expedite the process and bring about an honourable solution that is democratic in nature and is inclusive and acceptable to the people.
“On our part we have to continue to pursue the path of unity and oneness,” he said, adding that the landing ground for a political solution has to be created so that once the solution comes we will witness a smooth transition that allows successful implementation of the accord and paves the way for all round progress of the State.
This, he said, can be possible only through unity and oneness of the entire Naga family under a spirit of solidarity.
Rio appealed to all sections of people including the mass based organisations, civil society, tribal organizations, churches and NGOs and the people as a whole to come together under a spirit of brotherhood and oneness.
Lauding the members of State Assembly for reconstitution of Joint Legislators Forum under the stewardship of Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshu, he said “we look forward to fruitful deliberations, which will positively contribute towards strengthening of the peace process and realization of an early solution”.
On the party front, Rio said as a regional party based on the foundations of democracy and justice, NDPP represents the voice and aspirations of the people and the ultimate high command of the party are the grass roots.
The NDPP is a people’s movement with a cadre-based structure, he said, adding that “we are a regional party with distinct regional identity, having a national outlook and we act keeping in mind global needs and concerns”.
Highlighting some of the achievements of the NDPP-led PDA government during the last eight months, Rio claimed of providing good governance/transparency by ending VIP culture and focus on governance and development while all government departments have their websites along with presence on social media to make the government more accessible to people.
CM Dashboard was launched to give real time updates about key schemes and programs while biometric attendance has been made mandatory to ensure efficiency, he said.
The educational facilities and teachers have been digitally mapped and we are using modern technology to ensure good governance and transparency, he said.
On improvement of roads, communication and transport, Rio said one of the top priorities of his Government has been to ensure better roads and “we have taken up repair of all major roads in all districts”.
He said investment and development authority of Nagaland has been set up to boost investment in the State, besides promotion of the tourism sectors, projects for augmentation of water supply to Kohima town.
Under Youth Resources & Sports, he said Dimapur hosted the first ever Ranji Trophy match for Nagaland and Nagaland cricket team made a record by winning their first ever match.
He said that for welfare of Students, 50% of Post Matric Scholarship has been released from State ‘ resources even without getting of funds from GoI in view of submission of SIT report over diversion of funds in previous years. PDA government has introduced the Students Insurance Scheme where students who are faced with unfortunate fatalities will be covered for an insurance of 5 lakhs, he said.
Meanwhile, Rio placed on record the appreciation of the party organisation to the coalition partners for the support and solidarity. “The PDA will continue to function with collective responsibility as a united and cohesive team,” he affirmed.
He also reminded the NDPP rank and file, that as the major partner in the coalition, they are duty bound to carry more of the burden, make more sacrifices and ensure that they exercise a more accommodative spirit.
Further to the people of Nagaland, Rio reiterated the commitment of the PDA Government that “we will leave no stone unturned in our ambition of bringing all round progress and development”.
Meanwhile, the alliance partners of NDPP led PDA government – BJP, JD(U), NPP and Independent today reiterated fullest support to the PDA government in Nagaland. The PDA comprises of 17 NDPP MLAs, 12 BJP, two NPP, and one each JD(U) and Independent.
(Page News Service)