Nagaland chief secretary, Lalthara said the two-day conference of state chief secretaries held in New Delhi from February 1-2 was a brainstorming session where several agendas including climate change, global warming, foreign trade and border security were deliberated at length.
Briefing media persons upon arrival from New Delhi at Dimapur airport on Wednesday, Lalthara said the conference discussed mainly on issues of external trade and insurgency problems. Union home minister Chidambaram gave an assurance to tighten internal security, he added.
Lalthara informed that the chief secretaries’ conference would now be an annual affair. Although the issue of price rise was not discussed as a separate agenda, Lalthara opined that the state could control price rise to some extent if it checked hoardings, black marketing etc. He said increasing productivity would also help the state to become dependent on imports from outside.On drought relief funds, Lalthara said that the centre had decided to help those affected in kind rather than cash.
He said other main issues would be discussed during the state chief ministers’ meet with prime minister Sunday next.