Naga Accord: Parl Panel asks MHA to prepare rehab scheme

NEW DELHI, JUL 20 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 12:50:35 AM IST
A parliamentary standing committee has asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to prepare a detailed and generous rehabilitation-cum-settlement scheme for the NSCN (I-M) cadres who will surrender as per the Naga Accord. 
According to The Indian Express report, the committee also recommended that the “government should, nevertheless, proactively, stay prepared for any kind of scenario that may emerge in the aftermath of the agreement, and keep the security forces and intelligence agencies on the alert.”
The MHA, the report said, had informed the panel headed by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram that issues related to territorial integrity have been resolved. “…they had now reached a common understanding with the Government that boundaries of the States will not be touched. Instead, some special arrangements would be made for the Nagas, wherever they are. The negotiations were going on over some symbolic issues, which are sensitive to both the government and the Nagas as well, and attempts are being made to reach a common understanding,” it said.
However, the committee said that the delay in concluding talks on the Naga Accord is making the Naga groups “restless” and warned that it could “harm whatever progress” achieved so far in this direction.
The committee also wondered “why there is a delay in concluding the peace talks when all other stakeholders other than the government appear to be eager to conclude it”.
The remarks of the came after Naga Interlocutor R N Ravi informed the panel that Article 371A, which guarantees special constitutional status to Nagaland, could also be extended to Naga-inhabited areas in neighbouring Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

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