Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Hope for settlement thrown to the bin: Therie on NDPP-BJP joint declaration

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has criticized the recent joint declaration of both NDPP and BJP renewing its ties for the 2023 Assembly elections, stating that the July 16 resolution of the Core Committee, which had given hope for settlement to the Naga issue, had been thrown to the dustbin.
In a press note, Therie said he appreciated the July 16, 2022 resolution of Parliamentary Core Committee on Naga Political Issue, as the people’s representatives had finally understood the aspirations of stakeholders for settlement to the agreements between Government of India (GoI) and the negotiating teams.
Therie recalled that the committee earlier used to rush to Delhi with the resolutions on the Naga political issue. But surprisingly this time, he noted that neither the Core Committee nor the allied partners had gone to Delhi to share the resolution or pursue the resolution for settlement.
According to Therie, settlement of the agreements would benefit both Nagaland and Nagas outside Nagaland. He claimed that the political structure would improve in Nagaland through delimitation of Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha, Assembly and creation of Upper House.
He mentioned that Nagas outside Nagaland would have Territorial Autonomous Councils under Schedule VI of Indian constitution with direct funding like the States and Union Territories through Finance Commission Award. To this effect, he said the Constitution of India was amended mandating the Finance Commission (FC) to recommend devolution of funds in 2019. The amendment had also transferred 30 departments to the councils sharing powers of State. Resettlement scheme for all Naga national workers and economic package for development were also in the pipeline, he said.
Because of the above reasons, the NPCC president said Congress had decided to support the agreements. “It is surely an improvement. It is sad we are missing the opportunity once again and this time roadblock to settlement is the people’s government,” the release stated.
Therie, further, said that the forthcoming Assembly elections would be a referendum for the people between settlement or no settlement and between secular government or a government thriving on religious divide.


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