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Unite for solution: Rio
Correspondent Kohima, Jul 11(NPN):
Published on 12 Jul. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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CM’S PLEA TO LEGISLATORS,NAGAS ON POLITICAL PROBLEM Delhi as a big brother should take the first step and offer what it can offer or give to the Nagas, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said on the floor of the house while referring to the ongoing talks for peaceful solution to the vexed Naga political problem Saturday. Replying to various issues raised by the opposition during the budget session, Rio said the Naga Political Issue was above political party differences and called upon all for better understanding and more cohesion for the Nagas. He said the Government of India was sincere in resolving the decades-old Naga political issue. He said all political differences among parties should be overlooked and the time has come not to think individually but collectively. Appreciating the stand of the opposition for peaceful settlement of the Naga political issue, Rio stressed said all sixty elected members of the assembly need to come together and collectively put effort to bring about solution best suited for the people. Blame games will not bring any solution he said, and called upon all the leaders from different political parties to work together as Naga leaders. He also appealed to all underground factions to listen to the voice of the Nagas and stop all illegal activities, extortions, killings, criticisms and other unlawful acts. Recollecting the past experiences, he agreed that 90s was one of the worst period where no one dared to come out openly against the Naga underground groups. Elected representative themselves couldn’t even visit their own constituency as their very lives were under threat. Comparing with the prevailing situation today with the past, he said “voice of the Nagas is becoming louder” where people today have started coming out openly and even challenges the leadership of the underground. On the opposition’s criticism over his initiative for Nagas of Myanmar,Rio said he was in touch with the Naga Hoho of Myanmar and that they are seeking help from the Nagas in India to talk with the Junta Government in Myanmar. Rio said he had taken up the matter with both the Prime Minister and Home Minister of India and with whose consent he had taken the initiative to meet with the Myanmar Ambassador to India earlier. While brushing aside the opposition allegations and also welcoming all the positive criticisms on the budget, Rio highlighted various achievements made by the DAN government during the past six years. DAN Government has made tremendous progress in the Agri and allied sector after the declaration of the Year of Farmers by enhancing agriculture produce, he said. The state Government was awarded gold medal for Rural Sanitation and UN Award for good governance in addition to a lot of new initiatives taken up in various sectors/departments. He also informed that Government has instituted Quality Control Board and also numbers of schemes/programmes initiated for the youth in the field of sports and music. Initiatives for youth employment in various sectors like hospitality, airlines sector, music, crafts had been initiated whereby around 7000 youths have already benefited. On the creation of a number of new administrative headquarters, Rio stated that minimum required posts have been created and that District Administrative Reforms Committee has been instituted which committee is also assigned with the task of assessing and determining backwardness of area/tribes for developmental activities. On finance, he assured that the finance of the state is very sound and denied the opposition’s figures on the likely deficit to be accrued by the state by the current financial year ending. He however admitted that if the state implemented the 6th pay revision without getting additional funds from the centre, the negative balance of the state will shoot up unimaginably. During today’s proceeding, half an hour time was given for discussion on matter arising out of answer to a starred question on the total area of Wangla purchased forest. Following the lapse of the time schedule for today’s proceeding, Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie adjourned the house while discussion and voting on the demands for grants for the year 2009-10 while it was halfway. The house will resume again at 9.30 am Monday when the discussion and voting on demand for grants will be taken up again.

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