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ENPO seeks clarification from MDC

ENPO seeks clarification from MDC
MDC team being led by DC Longleng to the community hall at Tamlu on Tuesday. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/10/2019 11:05:42 AM IST

Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organization (ENPO) has sought clarification from the visiting Multi Disciplinary Committee (MDC) whether its visit was formed in line with the statehood demand and the memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister of India.

ENPO aired the concern before the MDC members during the closed-door meeting held at Hotel De Oriental Grand, here Tuesday. 

The representatives of Eastern Nagaland Women Organization (ENWO) and Eastern Nagaland Students’ Federation (ENSF) were also present at the meeting. 

After the meeting, ENPO president Kekongchim Yimchünger told Nagaland Post that the MDC members did not specify anything about the clarification sought. 

Yimchünger said ENPO memorandum clearly mentioned about separate statehood and nothing else.

He said ENPO would not accept any development packages if it was not in line with the Statehood demand. However, if it was not, then MDC would have to give in written, he said.

Also, speaking to Nagaland Post, commissioner and secretary Abie-u Kire said the MDC has arrived to see the ground reality of the four districts Mon, Tuensang, Longleng and Kiphire.

He said the team led by chairman and special secretary (internal security), Ministry of Home Affairs Dr. A. P Maheshwari visited Longleng and Tobu under Mon district and had interactions with public and district administration. 

Upon  return to Kohima, he said the team had meeting with all the developmental departments   departments highlighted the sectoral schematics project in the four districts. 

 MDC members would be having further detailed discussion on September 11 with various departments and Eastern Nagaland Legislators Union.

  MDC was constituted on June 12, but ENPO said it was not informed about the purpose and objective of forming the committee and the visit.

MDC maiden visit to Nagaland was reportedly to oversee the developmental aspects and developmental gaps in the eastern area.

A Multi-Disciplinary Committee (MDC), constituted by the Government of India to look into the “developmental issues and special needs” of the districts in Eastern Nagaland, on Tuesday visited Tamlu, Chessore, Thonukyu and Tobu.

Speaking on behalf of the visiting team at community hall Tamlu under Longleng district, Dr. Ashoke Roy, director, RRC, NE, H&FW, referred to the power point given on the overall scenario of eastern Nagaland and asserted that the presentation would enable the MDC with more data and information of the region

According to a DIPR report, he assured that the committee would put up the correct picture before the authority of the Government of India. 

Speaking on behalf of the Phom Peoples Council, former executive secretary of PBCA, Nuklu Phom, presented the overall scenario on roads, educational institutions, hospitals, power source, etc within the eastern Nagaland. He also submitted a memorandum on behalf of the Eastern Nagaland signed by the PPC.

The visiting team comprised of five members- Dr. A.P. Maheshwari, chairman & special secretary (Internal Security); Kabilan, director, NITI Aayog; Dr. Ashoke Roy, director, RRC, NE, H&FW; Arjun Srivastava, DDG (HRD), Tourism and Ajay Kumar, Drinking Water & Sanitation.

The team also visited Chessore, where a programme was held at SDO (C) office  followed by public interaction.    Y. Kiumukam, president Chessore Area Public Forum (CAPF) spoke in the programme. 

The team also visited  Thonoknyu where a meeting was held at community hall with the department officers and representatives of the tribal bodies/civil society organization and public leaders.  

At Tobu, the committee held a joint meeting with administrative officers/police officers/officers of the line departments and representatives of the tribal bodies/civil society organisations/public leaders of Tobu.  

 

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