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Reconsider demand, state govt to ENPO
Published on 19 Jan. 2011 12:43 AM IST
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Ending days of silence on the demand for ‘Frontier Nagaland’ by the ENPO, the state government Tuesday said it was “saddened by the demand” as it came a time when the Naga political struggle was at a crucial stage and when government was trying to develop the backward areas of the state.
According to state chief secretary and cabinet secretary Lalthara, the cabinet had a meeting at Kohima January 18, 2011 and deliberated over ENPO’s demand for separate state.
Lalthara said the meeting discussed the memorandum dated 25/11.2010 submitted to the Prime Minister of India by the Eastern Naga People’s Organisation (ENPO) for creation of a separate state for eastern Nagaland under special provision and status.
He said the cabinet asserted its stand on unity and integrity of the state and of the Nagas and appealed to ENPO to reconsider and withdraw its stand.
Meanwhile, the cabinet constituted an official committee under the chairmanship of chief secretary, with home commissioner as member secretary and ACS & development commissioner, commissioner and secretary (P&AR) and secretary DUDA as members to look into various points and grievances made out in the memorandum.
The committee would table its findings and recommendations to the cabinet within February 2011.
In connection with this, the cabinet has invited the ENPO office bearers for a meeting to discuss their grievances and demands.
Kohima Correspondent adds:
Making a startling revelation, Lalthara said the state government has so far not received any official endorsement copy of the ENPO demand submitted to the central government.However, the same was acquired only unofficially.
The ENPO memorandum blamed DAN government for failure in the development of the four districts at par with the rest of the state.
It was also learnt that the state cabinet has taken a major decision to enhance electricity bill in the state which had not been reviewed for more than one year.
Though no rate in this regard had been fixed, the enhancement was agreed in principle but left matter to the state electricity regulatory board, Lalthara added.
It may be mentioned that six Naga tribes inhabiting the four districts of economically and developmentally backward districts - Mon, Tuensang, Kiphire and Longleng under the banner of ENPO had recently submitted a memorandum to the central government demanding for a separate statehood.

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