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PM keen to solve Naga problem:Rio

State Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on his arrival at Dimapur Airport, Thursday. (NP)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Aug 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Aug. 2009 12:39 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio said that Naga issue is a pre- independent India issue which was declared as a political issue by the Government of India and therefore, has nothing to do with the law and order situation in the state. Stating this during his brief halt at Dimapur airport Thursday on his return to Kohima after attending the Chief Ministers’ conference on internal security in New Delhi, Rio told media persons that as the leader of the state , he has been trying hard to play an effective role as a facilitator to bring an amicable solution to the Naga political problem. The Chief Minister stated that he has conveyed the message of improving security condition of the state and has put up several demands during a meeting with the Prime Minster, Home Minister and the central leaders. He also disclosed that the Prime Minister was sincere and committed to finding an early solution to the Naga political issue. The centre has fully admitted that situation in Nagaland is improving as compared to Assam, Rio added. The chief minister also admitted that some sections of people were not happy with him after he revealed about a strong possibility that Islamic extremists were establishing “sleeper cells” in the state with the help of some active members of certain factions. In support of this he stated, “We have to deliver a realistic report and correct picture in this kind of meeting”. “We cannot conceal whatever intelligence report comes. It is my bounden duty to report”, Rio pointed out. He also disclosed that there are ten different factions actively operating in the state. On the near drought condition in the state, Rio said the late arrival of rain has mainly affected horticulture farming but the result will come at the time of harvest, he added. On the development front, Rio informed that out of Rs. 25,000 crores stimulus package approved by the centre to boost the country’s economy, Nagaland has not been benefited. In this regard, Rio said he renewed the demand for setting up an airport in Kohima(Ciethu); railway network from Dimapur to Tizit via Tuli paper mill; construction of foothill road linking six districts; upgrading two state roadways to National Highway; construction of a Rs.200 crore multi sports complex at Dimapur ; construction of medical college and setting up of another IR battalion; police regional centre to be funded by the central government and construction of permanent administrative headquarters in all the districts. Rio also laid a wreath on the coffin containing the body of late N. Kethoselhou of Zadima village,state archery coach, on landing at Dimapur airport. The mortal remains of late N. Kethoselhou was brought by the same flight which the chief minister had flown. It may be recalled that late. N. Kethoselhou died in an ill-fated incident at the Vijayangar rail track, Andhra Pradesh on August 18, while returning along with the under-13 state archery team. Later, a funeral service was held at the family residence at Half Nagarjan Dimapur.

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