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Rio seeks support on Intangki
Correspondent JOTSOMA/Dimapur, JUN 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Jun. 2009 12:37 AM IST
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Expressing concern over the rampant encroachment of government lands in the state, chief minister Neiphiu Rio revealed that he was going to ask the tribal Hohos whether they would support the state government in the matter. “I’m going to ask whether they will support the government” said Rio who has convened a joint meeting of all the tribal Hohos, ministers, parliamentary secretaries and legislators at the Zonal Council Hall Kohima at 11.30 am tomorrow. Rio stated this while inspecting the ongoing construction of state Music Academy inside the complex of Kohima Science College Jotsoma, Friday morning. The chief minister also revealed that when the issue of eviction of Naga United Village from Intangki National Park by the cadres of NSCN (I-M) came up for discussion at Thursday’s cabinet meeting, it was informed that the Village was composed of people from 14 different Naga tribes. Rio said he wondered whether those people got authorization from their respective tribal Hohos to encroach upon government land. When department officials enlightened the chief minister on the same problem of illegal encroachment confronting inside the complex of Kohima Science College Jotsoma, Rio said that the Jotsoma villagers had to decide themselves if they really wanted development. He stated this in the presence of the Assembly Speaker, Kiyanilie Peseyie who also hails from Jotsoma village. The chief minister who was accompanied by MLA, Dr.Nicky Kire, Project Director Music Task Force, Gugs Chishi and other government officials expressed dismay at the slow progress of work. He asked for a written report on the progress of the work from the Engineer. TPO on Intangki issue Mawhile, while expressing serious concern over rampant encroachment within Intangki National Park , the Tenymi Public Organisation has welcomed the eviction against illegal encroacher of the ‘Naga United Village’ located at the same spot where the erstwhile Inavi village stood, on June 16 by the NSCN(I-M). Reiterating that it was a duty of every Naga to protect and preserve the Park in the interest of the future generation, the TPO in a joint statement issued by its president Z.M.Sekhose, vice president Keku Zeliang, information and publicity secretary S.Daiho and treasurer Velahü Puro stated, it was dismayed by what was described as “ indecision and inaction” of the forest department in failing to control the encroachement. Further, the TPO slammed forest minister M. C. Konyak for his “confusing,contradictory and irresponsible statement” which it said, spoke volumes besides “inciting communal/tribal disharmony”as reported in the local media on June 18. Lamenting the open support and encouragement by some persons to illegal encroachers and land mongers by comparing the encroachers with landowners, the TPO said the use of the name “United Naga Village” was an attempt to denigrate the Nagas through defilement of Naga ethos and traditions. It said a Naga by tradition respected the inherent right of land ownership,traditional boundary and jurisdiction of another fellow Naga and therefore, making claim of a “non existing, self proclaimed United Naga village” supposed to represent all the fourteen Naga tribes, was “more of an amusement and an illusion.” TPO said “these bands of individuals and land grabbers/mongers were never authorized by their respective tribe/tribal Hoho to represent their tribe(s) and encroach others land and illegally establish [a] village.” The TPO has said it was urgent that all tribe/tribal Hohos clarify and clarify this matter in writing. TPO reaffirmed that the land in question which forms Intangki National Park, belongs to Beisumpui from time immemorial and donated to the Government on May 2, 1923 “purely for the purpose of creating Intangki Reserved Forest”. The state government later through separate notifications declared Intangki as a wildlife sanctuary and later as a National Park and “ not for setting up of village or logging and hunting,” it said. Reiterating that as Beisumpui being an integral part of the Tenyimi community, the TPO affirmed that Intangki also “belongs to the Nagas as a whole” and vowed to “go to any extent, to protect and preserve Intangki National Park.” The TPO has appealed to state government,Naga National Workers, tribal hohos, students, NGOs and civil societies to ensure the illegal encroachers are evicted and never return to the National Park. (more on page-4) NSF reiterates Meanwhile, the NSF has reiterated its appeal for protection and conservation of natural resources in all Naga inhabited areas and has devoted to stand against all odds towards preservation of the natural resources. The NSF lamented that the state’s only wildlife sanctuary in the form of Intangki National Park had over the years become another form of battle field for the Nagas and termed it as “disheartening.” The Federation felt that every right thinking citizen should voice out against forceful dwelling within the reserved forest in the interest of the future generations. It appreciated the government for issuing directives to refrain from encroachment. On the recent signing of the “Convent of Reconciliation” by the NSCN (I-M), GPRN/NSCN and FGN, the NSF welcomed the document and lauded the leaders. “…the reconciliation is a new ray of hope, a feeling sense of relief and a common passage to step forward in strengthening the search for … aspiration of the Nagas,” the NSF said. It also extended unflagging support to the FNR.

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