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NTTU apology to forest dept.
Published on 13 Sep. 2010 12:35 AM IST
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Nagaland Timber Traders’ Union (NTTU) has expressed regret over its press statement issued earlier regarding involvement of “top officials” and “higher-ups” of the forest department in the alleged manipulation of wagon allotment.
NTTU in a press statement said that in the process of pointing out the alleged involvement of two persons connected with forest department, the union had “unintentionally dragged the name of the forest department and tarnished the good image of other forest officials.”
The NTTU statement, jointly issued by its president Kevise Sogotsu, general secretary Alem Pongener, vice president Husca Zhimomi and treasurer Sanyi Dukru, offered “unconditional apology” to the forest department and its officials and requested them to accept the apology “in good faith.”
Meanwhile, union said that as per its meeting with the chief minister, who advised timber traders to work “hand in hand” with the department, the NTTU members held a meeting with the forest commissioner and secretary on September 11, at the latter’s residence in Dimapur.
Besides discussion on the alleged manipulation of wagons, the union also appraised the commissioner and secretary about the problems of the timber traders, the statement said. After thorough deliberation and “clearing of doubts,” union said it has withdrawn its earlier statement on alleged involvement of the commissioner and secretary in the wagon manipulation issue.
NTUK plea for support
The Naga Timber Union, Kohima (NTUK) in its emergency meeting held on September 10 ascertained the facts related to the recent write-ups published in the local dailies, allegedly by its president, Thekrupa Angami. Ikobe Zeliang, member NTUK and Joseph Sekhose, general secretary, NTUK in a release urged all parties to bury the unfortunate episode permanently.
The NTUK clarified that the Naga Timber union, Kohima (NTUK) and the Nagaland Timber Traders Union (NTTU) were two entirely different and independent entities, neither affiliated to the other, nor linked by any organization, other than being in the same line of timber business.
NTUK also extended issue based support to the NTTU, and vice-versa, in matters of legitimate common interests and matters affecting the welfare of timber traders in general, adding it would continue to extend and solicit issue based support to any like minded organization, for the common weal.
The NTUK said its president, Thekrupa Angami was telephonically contacted by the NTTU, soliciting support for pursuing matters of common interest, to which he readily agreed. However, the NTUK went on to add that he categorically denied issuing any press statement nor assent to any publications or leveled charges and allegations against any politician or bureaucrat.
While stating that the NTUK is constituted of fellow Naga brethren, trying to eke out an honest living supporting numerous dependents by rendering services to the society at large, it further appealed the government, department of forest and the pubic to support and extend sympathy in the numerous hardships faced by the NTUK in its contribution to the society.

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