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Rio repeats disagreement with FMR abolition

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Says State Govt. will regulate illegal activities in border, to hold meeting with CSOs on FMR

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 9: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Friday said that Nagaland Government as well as the public does not agree with the Centre’s decision to suspend the Free Movement Regime (FMR) and will soon convene a public consultation on the matter.
Speaking to Journalists at Chumoukedima on Friday, Rio informed that the State Cabinet had a meeting on Thursday and decided to “do regulation”.
He said that the Government of India is concerned because “a lot of problems, activities” were going on in the Indo-Myanmar border areas. “The people in the border are not following the guidelines, that’s how there is insurgency in the Northeast and it has become a safe haven on Myanmar side”, he said, providing the Centre’s perspective on the issue.
Therefore, the State Government will take “certain actions to check all these illegal things happening” and “will regulate and find out a solution with the people”, he said.
CBI raid
The Chief Minister also shed light on the raid conducted on Thursday by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials at the office of FOCUS project located at the State Agriculture Department’s Complex in Kohima.
According to reports in a section of the local media, the raid was in connection with alleged misappropriation of funds.
“The officials of the Agri Department were carrying hot cash and were caught in Delhi Airport. The case was handed over to the CBI, so they have come to investigate”, Rio said.
Per reports, the CBI investigation involves unexplained cash amounting to Rs 70 lakh found in the possession of three Nagaland Government officers ~ including an IAS officer on deputation ~ at Delhi Airport in December 2023.
The cash is reportedly related to a scheme funded by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development.
On the issue of FMR, Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton today said that the Government will soon have a meeting with the tribal bodies and civil societies on the Government of India’s decision to abolish Free Movement Regime (FMR) along Indo-Myanmar border.
Interacting with media persons on the sidelines of Chakhesang Wrestling Meet 2024 at Chozuba in Phek district today, Patton said that the State Cabinet held a meeting yesterday on the issue and has decided to hold a consultative meeting with the civil societies and tribal bodies on the matter.
On the date, Patton said it will be held at the earliest.
Meanwhile, asked on his comments on Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducting searches at the Administrative office of Agriculture Department Nagaland in Civil Secretariat yesterday, Patton said he is not unaware on the matter.
As per reports, the CBI investigation is upon the December 2023 Delhi airport incident where three Nagaland Government officials were held with crores of amount.
(Page News Service)