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DAN, Cong concur on Naga pol. issue
DIMAPUR/Kohima, MAR 29 (NPN):
Published on 30 Mar. 2011 1:04 AM IST
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Govt. not against any group: CM
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio Tuesday reiterated that DAN government was not against anyone or any political group.
“We are only facilitator to find an acceptable solution to the Naga problem,” he maintained and urged all the members of the House to unite in the journey.
Endorsing the views of MLA Joshua Sumi, Rio agreed for frequent meetings of JLF and the JWG and sought cooperation, especially from the opposition members, in solving the Naga political issue, DIPR reports said.
“Collectively we can pursue, facilitate to bring lasting solution,” Rio observed.
He also reminded the members that Naga political issue stands on the top of the agenda and called upon all the 60 members of the House to come together, and talk to the underground brothers in resolving the Naga political issue.
Referring to the recent visit of the president of India and vice president of India to Nagaland, Rio said that the visit of the highest office of the country showed the improved situation prevailing in the State.
On the issue of ENPO Rio said, “To even think of dividing we are sad”, and appealed to the ENPO brothers to withdraw their demand. Observing that there are many genuine demands Rio said that DAN Government would address the issue and asked all the members of the House for their suggestions in helping the people by understanding their genuine demands. Neiphiu Rio also enlightened the members that any development cannot be distributed district or constituency wise and asked them to identify the area of strength in order to work together. On the ongoing hornbill festival, he called upon all the members of the House to promote the Naga identity, culture and traditions of the Nagas.
In the area of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Rio informed the house that government farms are set up as demonstration farms to educate the area people to learn and to do themselves. Seeking the co-operation of the local people, the Chief Minister said, “It is the people who should learn with the help of the Government”.
With regard to Nagaland Houses raised by K.L. Chishi, the leader of the House said that papers are ready and that the Government would vigorously pursue from the next financial year. Regretting the absence of National/Regional Institute in Nagaland worth the name, Rio viewed that to have full integration, there should be reputed institutes, so that people from outside the state come and pursue their studies in our state. On the debt position, Rio said that the State’s outstanding debt is not alarming and reminded that it is quite within the norms suggested by the 13th Finance Commission and the Ministry of Finance. (Fiscal deficit 3.5% for 2010-11 and 2011-12 and, outstanding debt to be 56.8% of GSDP in 2010-11 and 55.8% in 2011-12.) Chief Minister further pointed out that our internal source barely reaches 8-10% and for which Nagaland is placed under the special category state.
Congress welcomes Rio’s stand
Opposition member and NPCC president S.I Jamir Tuesday stressed on the need for elected representatives to provide a common platform so that all Nagas could come together to form a collective opinion and meet with various Naga groups towards solution to the Naga political problem.
Participating in the discussions on the concluding day of the 9th session of the 11th NLA Tuesday, S.I.Jamir asserted that unless some formula was chalked out by generating a collective opinion, efforts at finding a permanent solution to the Naga political problem may not be possible since the government of India had made its stand clear that sovereignty was not negotiable while on the other hand, the Naga underground groups maintained their stand on sovereignty.
Jamir congratulated chief minister Neiphiu Rio for openly declaring that the Naga political issue was on the top of the government’s political agenda and assured that if Rio meant what he said, then cutting across political lines, he would endorse the declaration.
Jamir further expounded that, instead of being facilitators only, the people’s elected representatives have a greater role to play in creating a congenial atmosphere where people could speak freely without any fear or hesitation.
He also reminded members that the state legislative assembly had passed four resolutions supporting the integration of all contiguous Naga inhabited areas so far.
On the other hand, reminding that the house last year passed another resolution to uphold Article 371 (A), Jamir alleged that the chief minister had issued mining license and oil exploration license to the ONGC and thereby sold Article 371 (A) and the people and forfeited the confidence of the people.
Opposition member Kheto who wound up the budget discussion from the opposition side, before the chief minister’s reply, pointed out that Nagaland has the shortest assembly session while pointing out a standing directive that there should be a minimum 45 days of sitting in a year.
Kheto however said it was a matter of ‘shame’ that there were hardly any government business which led to the assembly sessions being hardly of ten days duration.
Further, he pointed out that the Budget Speech was becoming “thinner and thinner” year by year and that this year’s budget speech could cover only 15 departments out of the total 81 departments in the state.
Earlier, Lampha from the opposition bench and CL John and Nuklutoshi both from the ruling bench also took part in the budget discussion.
General discussion on budget
Participating in the Budget discussion, MLA Nuklutoshi Tuesday described the Budget 2011-12 as an enhanced and balanced Budget, giving emphasis on the social service and other key sectors. Touching on the subject of administration, the MLA congratulated the government servants for addressing the needs of the people. He however cautioned that many government servants do not stay in their places of posting, especially those posted in the rural areas. He appealed to the responsible authority to take befitting action against the erring officials as per Nagaland Government Service Rules.
Terming peace as a requisite for any development in the state, the MLA thanked the DAN government for forming the JLF and JWG to further bring forward the peace process.
MLA C.L. John, who also participated in the general Budget discussion, termed the Budget for 2011-12 as a peaceful and people’s Budget. Peaceful development initiated under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has to be strengthened by one and all, stated the MLA. C.L. John also dwelt on the department of DUDA, Rural Development and Youth Resources and appreciated the DAN Government for the visible development.

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