Breaking News
Nagaland Post Logo
You are here:  Skip Navigation LinksHome » Show story
Meet on Intanki empowers govt
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Jun. 2009 1:15 AM IST
Print  Text Size

The joint meeting of state legislators, tribal Hohos and civil societies unanimously expressed strong opposition to rampant encroachment of government land and endorsed the state government to initiate all measures to protect and preserve government land which is also a public property. The joint meeting convened at the Zonal Council Hall Kohima in connection with the encroachments in the Intangki National Park and other government land which was attended by state legislators both from ruling and opposition, MP, tribal Hohos and Civil societies also assured full cooperation to the state government in its initiative toward this effect. The meeting concluded with a three-point resolution. In the resolution, the house endorsed the state government to initiate immediate and effective measures to protect all public properties such as reserved forests and other government lands, including road reserved areas, government buildings and compounds etc and to carry out eviction drives wherever necessary. It was also resolved that the general public, including the tribal Hohos, NGOs and civil societies should henceforth extend full cooperation and assistance to the government in this effort and to take proactive stand against all forms of encroachments into public lands and properties. On the proposal submitted by the Beisumpuikum village for exchange of their recognized village land with the land inside the Intangki National Park which they had illegally occupied without prior approval of the government, it was resolved that the state government would set up a committee to study the ground situation and realities and submit their findings and recommendations to the government. The committee would be headed by the state Forest Department and comprise of members from neutral civil organization to look into the proposed land exchange with Beisumpuikam village which has been pending for the last about 15 years. Following the successful conclusion of the meeting, state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio thanked the opposition members led by their leader Chingwang Konyak, tribal Hohos and other civil organizations for their presence and sharing their concern. He stressed that apart from the Naga political issue, Nagas should also come together on any other issue including petty and micro issues and thrush out solution like that of today. Armed with the endorsement from the house, Rio appealed the encroachers to voluntarily vacate themselves without eviction and confrontation. He said the government was ready to extend relief and also look into the welfare of the encroachers if they voluntarily vacated the area. Simultaneously, the chief minister sent out a clear signal of warning that government would deal any further encroachment with an iron hand. “Today we are in the government, if we don’t do what we are supposed to do, our future generation will suffer,” Rio said. Earlier, in his opening address, Rio asserted that Nagas have lost their main issue -struggle for sovereignty and its integrity while fighting over petty issues and stressed the need to collectively share responsibility. He cited the example of the manipulation of 2001 census which was rejected by the state government and the bogus teachers appointment scam. He revealed that during the past six years, the state government had created 602 teacher posts against which 3628 appointments were made. Due to the excess appointment of teachers, the state government has lost Rs 26 crore on salary component during last year alone, he added. Flashing out a copy of the second edition of the booklet “A brief account on Historical sequences of Nagaland-Assam Border Affairs,” the chief minister lamented that Nagas have lost vast forest land to Assam while they engaged in infighting over little forest land in the state. Nagas have concentrated too much on the political issue and have lost a huge forest & Tea cultivation to Assam, he added. Responding to the opening address, Naga Hoho, president Kevilietuo asserted that no government land should be allowed for private settlement. Several other speakers from ENPO, NSF, NMA, Sumi Hoho, APO, CPO, Kyong (Lotha) Hoho, Zeliangrong Baudi, Rengma Hoho, Pochury Public Forum and KU. Various government officials also spoke during the meeting.

Comments:(0) Login or Register to post your Comment
(Available for registered users only)
More News