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Banning of hoho unfortunate: Rio
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 9 (NPN):
Published on 10 Sep. 2008 1:47 AM IST
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Chief minister Neiphiu Rio said it was very unfortunate that a Naga underground group had gone to the extent of banning a civil society, and the State government had taken serious note of media reports on banning of Sumi Hoho (SH). Intervening in the debate over banning of Sumi Hoho by the NSCN (I-M), the chief minister said the State government with its declared policy was playing the role of “facilitator” between the Government of India and underground groups and working with all agencies to bring about a meaningful solution to the Naga problem. Rio also said banning of Sumi Hoho was a violation of Cease Fire Ground Rules and that the matter was discussed seriously during the Ceasefire Monitoring Group meeting. In his supplementary, Congress MLA and NPCC president KV Pusa said the elected government should know what was happening in the state, while asking whether the government was running on the basis of newspaper reports or on its own judgment. Pusa also wanted to know whose authority it was to recognize or derecognize NGOs and hohos in the state of Nagaland. The NPCC president also said that since the house consisted of people’s representatives, it had the authority to know and protect the lives and property of the people of Nagaland. Home minister Imkong L Imchen said the government had taken cognizance of newspaper reports that the NSCN (I-M) had banned the Sumi Hoho. The Home minister also said that since the State government did not receive the notice on banning of Sumi Hoho, the government was not in a position to give its opinion on the legality of ban. “However, as the NGOs are playing important role in our society, such ban should not be entertained,” he added.Imchen further said the government was running on the CMP for the welfare of the people.

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