More object to non-inclusion in COVID meet

DIMAPUR, MAY 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/7/2020 12:59:08 PM IST

Ao Senso Telongjem Dimapur (ASTD), Chakhroma GBs Union (CGBU) and Kiki Inpi Nagaland (KIN), have objected to exclusion of Nagaland tribes’ organisations from the meeting held at DC’s conference hall, Dimapur on May 6, to discuss the containment of COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting was convened by DC to discuss issues relating to people from Nagaland intending to return from outside the state post lockdown.

ASTD: Ao Senso Telongjem  Dimapur (ASTD) through its president L. Wati Jamir and  general secretary K. Mar Lemtur asserted non-invitation/inclusion of ASTD along with others brethren tribal bodies, civil societies and NGOs to the meeting has “raised huge dilemma in the minds of indigenous people in the state.”
ASTD said that “fatal omission” and “selective invitation” to only a few organizations has “created volumes of misunderstanding and mistrust” amongst the Naga tribal brethrens. 
Further, ASTD said that without the involvement and sincere contribution of indigenous people and tribal, the government machineries or agencies would never be able to handle the problems in its entirety.
CGBU: Extending support to Chakhroma Public Organisation (CPO)’s resentment on non-inclusion of Naga bodies in COVID-19 meet, the Chakhroma GBs Union (CGBU) said there were many NGOs in the district dealing different matters for the welfare of its citizens and the CPO was second to none.
In a press release, CGBU president Rokovitso Kuotsu and general secretary Thepfukuo Nagi said CPO consists of “first and real indigenous inhabitants” of the district and added that “nobody can deny this fact.”
Stating that at that meeting only three out of 15 bodies were Nagas, the CGBU questioned “how non-Naga bodies can take bold decision in such matter without consent of co-Naga bodies.” The union expressed hope that the “government will be more aware of this in future.”
KIN: Kuki Inpi Nagaland (KIN), in a press release issued by its president LL Kuki, said that it was not the first time that the indigenous Kuki community had been sidelined in such consultation meetings. KIK said latest exclusion of the community has “greatly irked” the Kuki community, especially the residents of Dimapur district. “Like other tribes, we have Kuki Union Dimapur who can be easily contacted in such meetings,” Kuki said.

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