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Peren CSOs representation to Governor

DIMAPUR, OCT 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/26/2019 11:46:59 AM IST

With an objective to “dispense social justice and denounce social injustices”, a public mass rally was organized held at Jalukie, Peren district on October 22, 2019 on the theme “Protect our Land & People”.

The participants at the public mass rally adopted charter point draft declaration on the rights of Zeliangrong citizens of Peren, Nagaland.

Zeliangrong Baudi (Nagaland), Civil Rights Forum (CRF), ZSUN, Village Chairman Union Peren District, GB Association Peren District and Zeliangrong Mipui Organization Peren, on behalf of all the public and citizens of Peren district, submitted a four-point charter declaration to the governor of Nagaland.

In the charter declaration submitted to the governor, ZB(N) president CR Zeliang and CRF chairman Tadambo demanded that the long delayed demarcation of the Peren district boundary now being undertaken by cabinet sub-committee be expedited taking all stakeholders on board.

They demanded that the district administration denying and depriving ST Certificates, BT Certificates or Indigenous Certificates to deserving candidates be stopped forthwith.

The declaration adopted at the rally also affirmed that RIIN if applied at per se would be directly violating the traditional and customary rights of the Zellangrong villages in the district against its citizens. It also was a direct violation of the constitution of India Art 371(A) wherein Naga customary practices and its usages are upheld.

Further, they demanded that Zeliangrong citizens of Peren district without a distinction must be accorded equal citizens as sons and daughters of the soil as declared by traditional land owners. The charter points demanded that no cut off year was applicable to recognized villages in Peren district to determine indigenous inhabitants.

Meanwhile, as resolved at the public mass rally, a separate representation on the matter of Intangki forest was submitted to the Government of India through the governor of Nagaland.

The representation pointed out that even as Naga peace process was likely to culminate into an agreement soon, the general public of Peren district were, however, apprehensive that some negotiating party(ies) appeared to be bargaining Ntangki National Park for the rehabilitation of their cadres post final agreement.

The representation affirmed that the general public of Zeliangrong tribe would never accept any agreement with negotiation party(ies) with a rider pertaining to Ntangki National Park, adding that they would not be a party to any agreement bartering away “our ancestor land for the ease of negotiation at any stage.” Therefore, the representation urged the Government of India to protect and preserve the only forest body and National Park in Naga area. If the matter is not heeded by the Government and ceded the Ntangki National Park in terms of negotiation, the Zeliangrong tribe would have “no option but to protect it dead or alive.”

 

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