Monday, August 15, 2022

‘Flag and constitution main obstacle for solution’: Nagaland deputy chief minister Y. Patton

Staff Reporter

Nagaland deputy chief minister Y. Patton has re-asserted that impediment in arriving at a solution to the Naga political issue has been the insistence of NSCN(I-M) to include flag and constitution.
Patton said this while interacting with media persons on the sidelines of the freshers-cum-annual day programme at Unity College here Friday.
Patton said unless the NSCN (I-M) resolved the issue with the government of India, the UDA coalition government in the state was unable to do anything.
It may be recalled that the NSCN (I-M) had signed the Framework Agreement with the government of India on August 3,2015 while WC, of the 7-member NNPGs also signed the Agreed Position with the government of India on November 17,2017.
Patton said the Core Committee, will meet on July 16 and hold thorough deliberation on the matter and come out with a decision about its role.
It may also be mentioned that NPCC president K. Therie said the Central government had given clear directive to UDA government to convince NSCN (I-M). However, instead of convincing it, Therie alleged that the UDA coalition engineered Pan Naga Hoho (PNH) with chief minister Neiphiu Rio even going to the extent of stating that the Centre had not “rejected” separate Naga flag and constitution.
Patton’s statement echoed the statements made on the floor of the assembly by state H&TE minster Temjen Imna Along.
Imna Along had asked the state government to openly tell people that union home minister Amit Shah, on several occasions, had told state leaders that the demand for flag and constitution will never be accepted.
Several media reports had also said that the mission of the Core Committee to Delhi to meet with Central leaders on Naga issue has more or less ended as Shah in meetings, chose to talk about development issues and not Naga political issue.
Efforts to secure early solution to the Naga political issue has been reinforced with addition of Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma as another ‘facilitator’. Himanta has been meeting with the UDA Core Committee and others.
Unity College freshers day: Meanwhile, addressing the 16th Freshers-cum-Annual Day at Unity College, Patton emphasised that student life was the most interesting and challenging period of one’s life, adding that it was the most crucial period, considering that this was a determining phase for one’s future.
He said student life was also a time where one got tremendous opportunities to explore the world, prepare to face challenges and define one’s future.
“As leaders of tomorrow, huge responsibilities lie ahead of you for creating a better society too,” he stated, while urging them all to work for better society and not to be disappointed by failures in life but treat them as pillars of success.
He also encouraged students to utilise education as means to engage in building one’s life and character and assimilation of ideas with the ultimate goal of having an ideal society.
“The maturity of a society has to be judged in terms of consciousness of the young generation, their obligations and duties towards society,” he noted.
He observed that the college was growing by leaps and bounds over the years with better infrastructure and introduction of different departments.
The minister also appreciated Unity College principal Dr Lichumo Enie, staff and management for producing good results, expressing hope that the college would cater to the needs of students and with adequate staff and modern facilities.
Patton also inaugurated the Academic Block II, while Library and Computer Resource Centre were commissioned by Geology & Mining and Soil & Water Conservation minister V Kashiho Sangtam andPower adviser H Tovihoto Ayemi, respectively.
The programme was chaired by assistant professor of Political Science Vienna Awomi, invocation offered by KBBD pastor Rev M Tonglong and welcome speech deliver by the college principal.
Highlights of the programme included special number by Alokito and Calvin Chibemo and traditional fusion by Colours of Unity.
Speeches on behalf of seniors and juniors were delivered by Unity College Students’ Council general secretary Wangphao Konyak and first semester student Yimjungbenla, while vote of thanks was given by Imtisangla from fifth semester.
It was later informed that the fully air-conditioned library was furnished with a sitting capacity of 100 persons, had around 8,700 books and internet facility.
College authorities said the library was also accessible for students of other colleges and researchers, while the computer resource centre had 100 computers, which were used during CSIR, UGC and NTA exams.
The dedicatory prayer for the Academic Block II was pronounced by Dimapur Lotha Baptist Church home evangelist Rev RP Murry.


Most Read