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ENPO has genuine demands and grievances: Rio

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio speaking at the 65th general conference of the Ao Students Conference (AKM) at Ungma as the chief guest on Thursday, (NP)
Correspondent UNGMA, (MOKOKCHUNG) JAN 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Jan. 2011 12:41 AM IST
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Commenting for the first time on the demand for ‘Frontier Nagaland’ by the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that the ENPO has genuine demands and genuine grievances which every Naga must seriously ponder upon and which the advanced tribes like the Aos, Angamis etc should seriously ponder on it and listen to the grievances of the Eastern Nagas at the level of the Hohos, students and NGOs.
The chief minister however said that at the present juncture, when dialogue was going on between the government of India and the Naga people for a peaceful solution, it was the duty of every Naga to exhibit unity to others.
Rio was speaking at the 65th general conference of the Ao Students Conference (AKM) at Ungma as the chief guest on Thursday.
He said that the Naga family all along has been fighting for unity and integration and that it was for them to show solidarity for the cause and future of the Nagas.
Rio reminded that the state cabinet after its January 18 meeting expressed sadness over the issue and appealed to the ENPO to reconsider their demand.
He pointed out that since statehood, the state if Nagaland has made a lot of achievements and yet have failed in many. Further, Rio said that the youths and students could not get the right opportunity and the right platform to exhibit their talents and dreams because of the Naga political issue.
He said that the sooner Nagas resolve their political issue, the better the opportunities would be for the youth to march forward.
Lamenting that the Naga political struggle today was fragmented and divided, Rio called upon the gathering to survive as a people and to be united. Unity and integration is the slogan not only of the government but also of all the organizations, he said.
Further, the chief minister said that if Naga were to think and talk about the Naga political issue, everyone should give up individualism, tribalism, party-ism and factionalism and come to the level of ‘Nagaism.’ “Only then we can find the solution,” he added. Rio said that the government was conscious and has given priority to unity, reconciliation and integration of all the Naga contiguous areas.
The chief minister also showered praises on the Aos saying that they were the first to receive the blessings of the gospel as well as education. He told the AKM that even in the political and social front, they stood the tallest in being the first. However, the chief minister said that since Aos received the blessings, they have more responsibilities.
Quoting the Theme of the conference “Equitable progress,” Rio told the Ao students’ community that it was their duty to share knowledge with other tribes so that every Naga could march forward with equitable progress.
Earlier, President Ao Senden Mr. Lendinokdang and Vice Chancellor of NU Prof. K. Kannan also addressed the function. The program also saw the presentation of AKM Educational Trust Award where Imkongchila (Geology) and Sentilong Ozukum (Philosophy) were awarded. The award included a citation and cash of Rs. 10,000/- which was given away by the chief guest. The program was attended by a host of ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, government officials besides the AKM delegates.
Jamir on corruption
Former state chief minister and former governor of Goa and Maharashtra Dr. S.C Jamir stressed on the need to curb corruption at various levels of society and asked the AKM what they proposed to do with this evil plaguing Naga society?
He was addressing the Ao Kaketshir Mungdang at Ungma village Thursday.
Dr. Jamir, while focusing on corruption emphasized on the importance of election the most potential weapon “adult franchise or adult suffrage” was with the people to shape the present and the future destiny of the people of Nagaland. Referring to elections in Nagaland, Dr. Jamir said corruption started from the very beginning while preparing electoral roll.
He said corruption has become a way of life in Nagaland, and recalled the remarks of the vigilance commissioner who corruption has been institutionalized.

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