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CCS to oversee package: Pillai
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 14 (NPN):
Published on 15 Oct. 2009 1:35 AM IST
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Union home secretary, G.K. Pillai Wednesday disclosed that the primary purpose of his two-day visit to Nagaland was to gather the views from all sections of the Naga society and communicate the same to the government of India so that the views could be accommodated in the ongoing preparation of the political package by the central government to bring about an honorable political settlement, acceptable to both the Naga people and India government. He told reporters during a press conference at Hotel Japfu before his departure for Gauhati that the political settlement to the Naga issue should be arrived at through negotiation. Pillai said that the political package proposal would first be placed before the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for its approval and then offer to the Naga groups for further negotiations in the next round of political dialogue. He said the substantive political package would not be the final offer from the Centre but would form the basis of further negotiations to arrive at an honorable and acceptable settlement by both government of India and the Nagas. He was optimistic that the political package would be ready before the end of this year. Pillai also asserted that the package would not harm the unity process. Referring to his discussions in the SLSG meeting on Tuesday which reviewed the over all law and order situation in the state, Pillai said the centre was happy that the level of killings and bloodshed in the state came down drastically. He however said that continuing instances of extortion and abductions for ransom were still a big cause of concern and added that the government should deal the matter with firm hands. The home secretary revealed that various developmental issues were also discussed with the state government during his visit. Various proposed projects for the state pending with different ministries in Delhi such as medical college, roads and their maintenance, revival of Tuli Paper Mill, education and issue of unemployed youth were some of the issues discussed. The home ministry had assured to influence the different ministries saying it was a matter of urgency. With regard to relaxation on restrictions on foreigners visiting the state, Pillai said the state government would be submitting proposals. He also disclosed that the state has the lowest number of trained teachers and seven districts in the state still do not have any Teachers Training Institutes, for which the state government had sought his help. The home secretary said that the ideas and suggestions that came up during the two-day extensive consultations would be communicated back to the union home minister and the prime minister. Later Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio told newsmen “I would not like to comment on the proposals because we are yet to know about them, but I am happy over the Centres fresh initiatives.” The union home secretary who was accompanied by Director NE-I, MHA Dr. M.C. Mehanathan had a meeting with the senior government officials of the state led by chief secretary, Lalthara in the morning. Later, Pillai continued his consultation with the civil societies and met the leaders of FNR, NSF and ENSF.. (with inputs from DIPR, PTI) . No evidence of Chinese support to NE ultras Union home secretary G.K Pillai asserted that there was no evidence of China officially supporting any insurgent group in India, although leaders of insurgent groups visiting China from time to time were not a new thing. “There is nothing new about militant leaders visiting China or other countries. Anyone can visit China as a tourist by procuring a visa. Such visits do not pose a threat to us,” Pillai said. “I would not be surprised that there is somebody in China and Paresh Baruah or NSCN (I-M) or anybody went there and asked 50 AKs to buy,” he said. He said arms smuggling was the most lucrative business and that China would not know about the clandestine activities as they (militants) were “just some businessmen.” Pillai was reacting to queries from media persons with regard to the recent reported visits of NSCN (I-M) and ULFA leaders to China. He said enough mechanism have been put in place to deal with the neighbouring country if any evidence was established that Chinese officials were involved. Militants visited China, Myanmar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh for procuring arms from smugglers or agents since they were easily available there, he said adding “so far no evidence of official support from China to NE militants has been found.” The small arms market was so big that buying weapons from countries like China, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan was no big deal, Pillai said. “Even in India one can procure a small arm easily from smugglers or arm dealers,” he added.

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