Need to be reasonable for final solution: Rio

Need to be reasonable for final solution: Rio
Neiphiu Rio and others after unveiling the monolith at Pfutseromi village Thursday. (DIPR)
DIMAPUR, JAN 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/23/2020 10:52:39 AM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has urged the people to be reasonable and responsible as to what was possible, what was not possible and what was achievable as a final solution to the Naga political issue.

Speaking at the platinum jubilee celebrations of Pfutseromi Village Students’ Union (PVSU), which coincided with hosting of the 71st general conference of Chakhesang Students’ Union (CSU) at Pfutseromi village on the theme “To transcend the boundaries” on Thursday, Rio remarked that many people did politics over the Naga political issue, but there was hardly anyone to act and do take corrective measures. He said Nagas had been suffering for the past few decades due to the Naga political issue, whose solution was “our birth right”.

Mentioning that Government of India (GoI) had recognised unique history of Nagas and their culture and traditions, the chief minister urged the people to unite to help reach a final solution to the Naga political issue, adding students and youth of today have to work together to build future.

He said present student leaders were the future of the society, and appealed to them to take life seriously and equip themselves to face the challenging world.

Commenting on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Rio claimed that after the State government had demanded the provision of Inner Line Permit (ILP) under Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations (BEFR), 1873 be enforced throughout Nagaland, GoI had been kind enough and agreed to enforce BEFR and exempted Nagaland from CAA, besides the Sixth Schedule  areas of the Northeast. 

He pointed out that Union home minister Amit Shah too had assured that the Act would not affect the Nagas but cautioned that “our people should use ILP carefully else the danger will be from our own people who will misuse it. I agree that it is also the duty of the State government to ensure that ILP is enforced properly.”   

The chief minister said he was delighted to be part of the celebrations and extended warm New Year greetings to all those present on the occasion. He said he had very high respect for the Chakhesang community. 

“Phek district is a traditional district. Chakhesangs are still upholding their rich culture and traditional values and they are one of the most progressive tribes among the Nagas. Phek district has improved a lot in literacy rate,” he added.

Rio claimed that he held special friendship with Pfutsero, particularly Pfutseromi village, saying it was heart warming to know that PSU was the pioneer of CSU, which had produced many leaders who all had contributed a lot for the Nagas.

Emphasising on education and asserting that it was one of the best things to have happened to Nagas after Christianity, he appealed to the students to pursue education seriously so that they build their future on a solid foundation.

Earlier, the chief minister unveiled the platinum jubilee monolith in the presence of planning & coordination, land revenue and parliamentary affairs minister, food & civil supplies and taxes adviser Pukhayi Sumi, horticulture and border affairs adviser Mhathung Yanthan, IPR, SCERT and village guards adviser Toshi Wungtung, Phek deputy commissioner, superintendent of police, CSU leaders and a host of public leaders.

Welcome address was given by Pfutseromi Village Council chairman Menyelhi Mero, while the presidential address was given by Pfutseromi Village Students’ Union (PVSU) president Vibi Mero. 

A brief history of PVSU was narrated by Wepretso Mero, former commissioner & secretary, even as CSU president Lavoto Chizo extended greetings. The vote of thanks was given by Dr Neisatuo Mero, convener of planning committee for platinum jubilee celebrations. This was stated in a press release by DIPR.



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