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Problem in Nagaland is a national problem: Rio

KOLKATA NOV 16 (NPN)(Agencies)
Published on 17 Nov. 2012 12:27 AM IST
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Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio Friday while expressing hope that the vexed Naga issue would be resolved soon said: “The problem in Nagaland is not only of Nagaland’s, it’s a national problem and the Centre should not keep the issue pending for long. If you want peace, allow others to live in peace. In a democracy everybody has a right to live in peace.”

Talking to reporters after the inauguration of the second Nagaland House in Salt Lake, Kolkata, Rio said that he was “always optimistic and look at the brighter side of life. Hope the vexed Naga issue will be resolved soon with special initiative of the Centre.”

“A proposal to bring the Nagas together is always welcome, but there should be at least emotional, political and socio-cultural integration if territorial integrity is not possible,” Rio said.

“Nagas are divided without their consent. They are now spread across Nagaland, Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, besides neighbouring Myanmar. But the Nagas want to be together.

Even those who went underground want to return to the mainstream,” Rio said. Stating that the Naga political issue was very complicated, Rio said that it would be a good gesture if all groups were united.“But I don’t think all of them will come together for discussion,” he added.

“All of us have been insisting that there should be re-conciliation and unity among Naga underground groups, but at the same time we overground politicians irrespective of party affiliation should be united first on the Naga political issue,” he said.

“Unfortunately, understanding among all political parties has not taken place so far despite the efforts of DAN government to bring all over ground politicians to a common platform on the vexed political problem, since it came to power,” Rio added.

Gov inaugurates second Nagaland House Kolkata
Earlier, Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar formally inaugurated the second Nagaland House, estimated at around Rs 15 crore Friday in Salt Lake, in   presence of chief minister Neiphiu Rio, home minister Imkong L. Imchen and other dignitaries.

The newly constructed nine-storied infrastructure facility of the Nagaland government has 38 guest rooms with two separate suites for Governor and chief minister, dormitories for boys and girls, staff quarters, provision for security personnel, main lobby for public, VVIP Lobby, office rooms and other requisite rooms like the conference hall, dinning hall with a spacious kitchen and four lifts.

Governor and chief minister also appreciated the hard work done by the department of PWD (Housing), Home department, officers and staff of Nagaland House, Kolkata.

Home minister Imkong L. Imchen also delivered a short speech. The programme started with the invocation prayer by chaplin, Naga Christian Fellowship Kolkata followed by welcome address by Temjen Toy, commissioner & secretary (W&H), Er. L.Y. Sumi, chief engineer, NPWD (Housing) delivered the background note of the New Nagaland House while home commissioner J. Alam delivered the vote of thanks.

The function was also attended by foreign diplomats from U.S.A., U.K, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh and Italy. Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipality and senior officials of the West Bengal government and state representatives from Northeast including Sikkim and Jammu & Kashmir, Sports Authority of India and pensioners of Nagaland government Employees Association, Kolkata attended the function.

The construction of the new house began in 2006 by M/s PABSCON.

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