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Corps commands in Nagaland, Assam to remain

NEW DELHI, AUG 13 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/13/2018 11:52:19 AM IST

Central government and NDPP-BJP dispensation in Nagaland have decided to “tread carefully” on the 21-year-old Naga peace talks and therefore while they want early solution, at the same time security forces will continue to remain “proactively prepared for any kind of scenario”, a UNI report stated.

It is on this backdrop, sources said, the Army Corps Command at Dimapur (or Rangapahar) will continue to function as usual notwithstanding a recent decision at the military commanders level “to do away with around 20 divisional headquarters”.

In total there are seven commands for Indian army and Eastern Command in Kolkata has key corps commands including one each at Dimapur (Rangapahar) in Nagaland and Tezpur in Assam. There are 40 divisional units headed by a Major General. Sources in the state government said there is an internal move in the Defence ministry in coordination with the Union Home Ministry for ‘restructuring’ the corps commands and divisional work structure to make the force “leaner”.

The change is expected to ‘free’ top army officers from deployment in operational areas and the government feels this will save on infrastructure costs as well. The move will also allow quicker decision for army movement at divisional or brigade level.

Meanwhile, according to BJP sources, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home headed by Congress leader P Chidambaram has asked the government to expedite the peace process, but has also advised that government and security forces to remain prepared “for any kinds of scenario” and suggested that the security forces and intelligence agencies should be kept on alert. 

The panel also expressed surprise as to why there is “delay” in concluding peace talks with NSCN (I-M) when “all stakeholders” and the government are keen to conclude it.

The Standing Committee has also urged the government to prepare a “generous rehabilitation cum scheme” for the Naga militant cadres – “who will surrender as part of the agreement”. The Ministry of Home Affairs, according to sources, is well seized of the matters involved in dealing with the complex problems like aspiration and demands of Kukis of Manipur – who are often seen in ‘competition’ with the Nagas.

 

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