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Loss of maps a serious issue: Rio
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 Sep. 2008 12:46 AM IST
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Chief minister Neiphiu Rio Thursday said the reported loss of original documents and maps pertaining to Assam-Nagaland border areas, was “a very serious issue” and asserted that the State government would pursue its rights. Replying to the question of opposition Congress during the zero hour of the state assembly, the chief minister said he was happy that the opposition too had expressed concern over the missing maps. Rio told the assembly that it was a serious matter if the original documents and maps pertaining to Assam-Nagaland border areas were missing, since the State had to make claims before the local boundary commission for re-drawing of boundaries on the basis of those documents. He said the State government had insisted that the Union Home Ministry as well as Survey of India should retrieve those documents/maps from archives in Kolkata, London or elsewhere and make available to the commission. “We will pursue our rights…whatever we claim for redrawing the inter-state boundary, it will be valid and legal in the event if the original documents remained untraced,” the chief minister said. During the zero-hour, leader of opposition Chingwang Konyak sought the government’s clarification on the original documents earlier submitted by Nagaland to the Union Home Ministry going missing and termed it as “a serious matter”. Earlier, briefing media persons during the assembly recess, Nagaland Commissioner H K Khulu told media persons that the documents were handed over to the Sundarram Commission, which was appointed in the early 1970s to give suggestions for a permanent solution to the border dispute between Nagaland and Assam. Later, the Sundarram Commission submitted the documents to the MHA which in turn handed them over to the Assam government, from where it became ‘’untraceable’’. He also informed that a meeting on the issue will be held between the MHA and Nagaland government in New Delhi on October 13. The next hearing of the Local Commission, constituted by the open court to give suggestions on the border dispute, will be taken up on November 1.

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