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ENPO backs out from committee
Published on 29 Jun. 2011 12:22 AM IST
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The Eastern Naga People’s Organization (ENPO) and the Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) on Tuesday excluded itself from being part of the Cabinet Sub Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas and other tribal hohos in formulating a framework for regulating and developing petroleum and natural gas in Nagaland. This was stated during the consultative meet on rights of Nagas on land and its natural resources held at The Heritage.
ENPO representative stated that though the organization was not against any development decision of the government, it needed more thorough discussion and asked for exclusion from being part of formulating modalities. ENSF, which is a unit of ENPO, supported the decision of its mother organization.
The ENSF also said it had nor received the consultative copy rights paper issued to all tribal hohos prior to Tuesday’s meeting.
In response, chairman of Cabinet Sub-Committee T.R. Zeliang appealed to the ENPO to discuss the matter seriously with its elected members. He stated that it would be a loss if the Eastern Nagaland region is omitted as Article 371 (A) is meant for Nagas. He also added that there were many dangers lying and that if not guided by the government, the regions would not be able to protect itself. T.R. Zeliang also stated that for a long time, resources from the state were exploited because people did not realize their rights.
Minister for Forest and Excise, M.C. Konyak stated that there was no reason for ENPO to have apprehension on the issue of framing regulation for rights of Nagas on its land and resources.

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