Govt appeals Aqahuto CSOs to withdraw agitation

DIMAPUR, FEB 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/22/2021 1:24:54 PM IST

Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dimapur Rajesh Soundararajan has informed the SDO(C) Dhansiripar that in lieu of the letter from the Commissioner Nagaland (CN), he has directed the SDO(C) to appeal to the Aqahuto Area Civil Society (AACS), to withdraw the 7-day ultimatum as the government was in the process of looking into the demands from the AACS. 

The DC forwarded the copy of the letter received from the Commissioner Nagaland. In the letter, the CN stated that the copy of the ultimatum dated February 16 has been received by the government on February 20. The CN said since the ultimatum coincided with the recent budget session, all heads of government departments were concentrated with the assembly matters. However, the CN said the 8-point charter of demands required more time as the contentious issues required proper examination and processing through statutory norms and procedures. On demand No.1, the CN said the plight of the villagers of the area for better communication facility was duly acknowledged and the government was in the process of taking necessary exercise by the authority responsible and then take it up with MoRTH ministry.

On demand No.2. CN stated that it was definitely the primary concern of the government but the process got hampered due to the pandemic in 2020 but the cabinet committee recently resumed discussion. The CN said owing to the sensitivity of the matter, it would require due diligence and cannot be dictated for finalisation within a given week’s time. However, he said the government will take up the matter on priority for resolving it once and for all in the interests of all. 

Further, the CN said demands Nos 6,7 & 8 were directly related with demand No.2 and time taken for the latter’s resolution may impact demands Nos 6,7 & 8.

On demand No.5, the CN stated that it was definitely an issue of genuine urgency where major discrepancy had cropped up at the initial execution of the bridge but that correction could not be taken up by the department responsible for which the public of the area had been greatly inconvenienced. CN assured that corrective steps were already under process but time would be required for taking it up. 

The CN said in view of reasons highlighted related with demand No.8, he directed the DC Dimapur to appeal to the AACS to withdraw the agitation in view of the time-taking nature of the demands put up for redressal. 


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