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RSZ, RSU indefinite bandh begins

Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 3 (NPN)
Published on 3 Jan. 2018 10:49 PM IST
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Indefinite bandh, jointly called by the Rengma Selo Zi (RSZ) and Rengma Students’ Union (RSU), began from Wednesday morning covering Tseminyu sub-division jurisdiction.
All business establishments and transportation, both private and government, came to a grinding halt. The protest, demanding upgradation of Tseminyu sub-division to a full-fledged district headquarter, was endorsed by the Rengma Hoho and Rengma frontal organizations.
RSZ and RSU also hoisted black flags at all the sub-divisional offices under Tseminyu, including ADC’s office. The volunteers at various stoppage points erected black flags and banners which read “Denial of Tseminyu district, Suppression of Rengma Tribe”. 
Speaking to Nagaland Post at the Rengma Hoho office Tseminyu, RSZ president, Kenneth Rengma said that the bandh will be intensified until their demand was met. He expressed displeasure over the state government’s talk about criteria stating that since Nagaland statehood, various district headquarters and administrative headquarters were established and if the government had to talk about criteria, Rengma’s were second to none and deserved to become independent. 
The president added that they were not aware that the government had an official handbook of “criteria” for creation of districts and that there may be some commission or committee report. However, he said it was not known whether the cabinet had approved the criteria document or report. He said if government had to apply the terms of such a report, it only indicated that government was using the report as a tool to suppress the Rengmas. He added that hoisting the black flags at the government offices was a sign that “Democracy has murdered the rights of the Rengmas” and that since Rengmas had only one MLA, his voice was not heeded. 
Adding more, the president said if the government’s criterion was to have a minimum of two Assembly Constituencies, the state government never invited the Rengmas for discussion on the delimitation and based on such excuses, Rengmas will never get their due share. 
He recalled the Rengma tribe’s participation in the formation of the state and in the Naga political struggle and how Rengmas were denied their rights through poor infrastructure and educational institutions. The president said that subsequent governments had promised many things to the Rengmas but nothing materialized and said it was a complete betrayal of trust.
He informed further that RSZ and RSU, during its meeting held on December 31, 2017, had decided to demand the resignation of its MLA if state government does not fulfil their demand as it only showed that the single elected member’s presence in the assembly was not considered. According to RSZ and RSU, Tseminyu Sub Division has 38 government recognized villages and a total population of more than 56,000 (as per the 2011 census) with 69 % literacy. 
Meanwhile, it may be recalled that Nagaland Governor, P.B. Acharya, on December 17, 2015, during the 38th general conference of the RSU at Sendenyu Village, assured that a government college would be established within a year. Reacting to a memorandum, submitted by the RSU, to establish a Government College in Tseminyu, Governor vowed to establish the college by the 2016 academic session and said that the memorandum was a “small thing”, and that the students deserved the college. 
Even during the press conference in 2016, when queried about the progress of the college, the Governor’s immediate reply was that 95% of the work was already done and that it would be established soon. However, till today, Tseminyu is yet to see a government college of its own.

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