CM stresses on good neighborly relation

DIMAPUR, JAN 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/8/2021 11:48:14 AM IST

State chief minister Neiphiu Rio stressed that good neighbourly relation between Nagaland and Manipur was of paramount important for overall development, while asking Tenyimi People’s Organisation (TPO) and Southern Angami Public Organisation (SAPO) to make all-out effort to amicable settle land disputes.

In a meeting with representatives from TPO, Angami Public Organisation (APO), SAPO and Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO) here in Kohima on Friday on land issues and measures to control wild fires that devastated areas in and around Dzükou Valley and Kezoltsa forest, the chief minister  directed that from now onwards various State agencies dealing with fire-related incidents should work out a proper plan to handle wild fires, adding such plans should incorporate both traditional and modern methods.

Attended by adviser youth resources & sports, Zhale Neikha; adviser higher & technical and election, Medo Yhokha, Chief Secretary J Alam, Home commissioner Abhijit Sinha, DGP Nagaland T John Longkumer and other senior officials of the State government, the meeting was briefed about the current situation regarding the forest fires and the tremendous efforts made for containing and dousing them by various Central and State agencies, along with volunteers of SAYO with active support from SAPO, which was appreciated by everyone.

TPO leaders gave a brief report on the history of problems in these areas and claimed that these areas traditionally belonged to Tenyimi people before being separated by the State boundaries of Nagaland and Manipur. 

They said they were still striving very hard to resolve the land disputes in the best interest of everyone through arbitration and the final judgment was at an advanced stage. 

The TPO leaders said the earlier arbitration undertakings among various groups in the disputed area indicated that all the stakeholders were against destruction of flora and fauna, collection of forest produce, hunting and construction of roads and were in favour of maintaining traditional boundaries and other rights associated with it. 

Therefore, they requested the Government of Nagaland to consider taking appropriate measures only after TPO delivered the final judgment in the disputed area. 

Agreeing with TPO in this regard, SAPO leaders said they also felt that while the State governments of Nagaland and Manipur may continue with their normal correspondences, it would be more advisable to consider carrying out activities in the disputed areas after the judgment of TPO. 

The issue of having a suitable water body close to Dzükou Valley for aiding fire-fighting efforts in the future was also discussed and the chief minister felt that the departments concerned should start looking into the matter seriously and come up with a proper plan in this regard. This was stated in a DIPR release.

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