Zeliang, Patton address NSF general conference

DIMAPUR, MAY 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/10/2019 12:07:35 PM IST

 Illegal migrant issue, a serious concern for Nagaland: Patton 

Deputy chief minister Y Patton Friday said that the increasing presence of “people of doubtful origin along the neighbourhood” was a serious concern for Nagaland in particular and the region in general.
Speaking at the 28th NSF conference at Bhandari town, Patton said the socio-economic and demographic threat to Naga people was alarming, adding that the present PDA government was serious about tackling the problem. 
Acknowledging NSF effort on the issue of illegal immigration in the state, the deputy chief minister, however, said that NSF and government alone cannot resolve such an alarming issue, but calls for a concerted efforts and pro-active role of every stakeholder. He, therefore, called upon every concerned citizen including civil societies to partake actively in containing the illegal migrant issues in the state.
On the occasion, Patton assured the student community that the present PDA government was fully committed to look into the welfare and genuine concerns of the students. 
He encouraged the younger generations to work hard for academic excellence, saying there was no substitute for hard work in the present competitive world. 
Patton, who began his political journey from Bhandari assembly constituency, expressed gratitude to the people of the area for the love and support. 
He stated that Bhandari has been a witness and a victim that has borne the brunt of the unfortunate confrontation with neighbouring state in 1985. Although much understanding has been gained for a peaceful co-existence through the initiatives of Border Peace Committee and civil societies from both the neighbouring states, the deputy chief minister said the border issue has not been resolved. He, however, said that since peace was a pre-requisite for mutual growth, “we must continue to uphold the peaceful atmosphere that is prevailing in the area till the matter is resolved amicably.” Patton also called upon the NSF and the younger generation to be actively involved in exploring peace along the border areas as well. 
The deputy chief minister further reminded the NSF and the gathering to ponder upon the challenges faced by the people living in the border areas and the opportunities it offers in terms of social amity and economic opportunities that will benefit people living on both sides.
Meanwhile, Patton congratulated the newly elected office bearers of the NSF for the tenure 2019-21. 
Zeliang disappointed at delay in solving Naga political issue
Leader of opposition and senior NPF leader TR Zeliang has expressed disappointment at the delay in arriving at a final solution to the decades-old Indo-Naga political issue despite peace talks for the past 21 years and signing of the Ceasefire Agreement of 1997. 
Speaking at the 28th general conference of Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) at Bandhari town in Wokha district on Friday, Zeliang further lamented that even after signing of the Framework Agreement between Government of India and NSCN (I-M), which is now joined by seven NNPGs, the issue has not reached a conclusion. In this regard, he complimented the role of NSF in keeping the people emotionally and socially integrated, stating it deserves appreciation. 
According to Zeliang, Nagas have travelled a long journey of freedom movement and struggled for more than 70 years. Terming CAB as an important issue for Nagas in particular and indigenous people of the Northeast in general, he urged the federation to take the lead in raising the issue and continue to fight till the last. 
He said NSF is not just a mere student body but a conglomeration of young and upcoming leaders. And as apex organisation of the student community, he said the federation should make it a tradition to focus on core issue of any given problem while abstaining from politicising the matter at any cost. For instance, Naga political issue or CAB and any other such matters should not be politicised, he stressed. 
Cautioning against dragging the student community into any turmoil that are politically stage-managed, Zeliang said NSF, being the apex student body, should cross-check a given situation to refrain the students from getting involved in any kind of “conspiracy game plans”. 
Urging the federation to take up measures and direct students to cast their votes in their respective places where their names are enrolled, the former chief minister said one fails to understand why the turnout of students and church leaders are very poor in every election. 
If everyone was really concerned in doing away with corrupt system in the State, he said the first step should be that every student and church member must vote, instead of allowing someone to purchase votes for proxy-voting. And he cited this as the root cause of corruption. 
Mentioning that society will witness positive changes if decisions are taken with such positive mindsets, he said one should be honest and practise what one preaches because that alone can bring changes in the society.
Stating that employment problem is mounting day by day, Zeliang said to address this serious problem awareness needs to be created on the importance of skill development with technology to increase work force in the State. This is because all qualified students with merit cannot be accommodated in government white-colour jobs alone, he added. 
He called for learning skills while in school and colleges and be mentally prepared to work in any field of work. 
Observing that there is lot of talks about ILP regulation to safeguard the rights of indigenous people from illegal immigrants in the State, the NPF leader said this mission cannot be successful unless “our youth” are given skill development training. 
Zeliang further noted that if the outgoing team had set a good precedence for the youth, then the new team must carry forward the aspirations of the coming generation. And wherever they had gone wrong, he said these should be considered as history and must not be repeated in the future. 
In this fast changing world where issues relating to welfare of the student community are diverse, the primary focus must be well-defined according to a given situation, he added.
Zeliang also congratulated the new team of office bearers as it embarks on new challenges and responsibility. He thanked Lotha Students’ Union and the citizens of Bhandari town for hosting this memorable event.
He also congratulated the incumbent team of office bearers under the presidentship of Kesosul Christopher Ltu for successfully completing its tenure. 

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