Rio urges people to work collectively for an acceptable solution to Naga issue

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Saturday stated that the Naga Political issue is not confined to the Naga Political groups or the state government, but of Nagas as a whole.

While addressing the 29th Biennial General conference of the Angami Students’ Union (ASU), at The Heritage Village at Kisama, Rio asserted that the centre has earlier recognised the Naga history as unique and also accepted that the Naga issue as a political issue.

He further urged the people to work together for securing an acceptable solution to the Naga issue. “The Framework Agreement signed by the NSCN (IM), the Agreed Position of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs), and negotiations with other groups holds significance at present times,” added Rio.

Recalling his meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah wherein he discussed about the demand for a separate flag and constitution, Rio stated that Nagas could use their flag anywhere besides government and Indian union buildings or events. As for a separate constitution, Rio said Shah had asserted that it could be worked out with the help of experts only after the solution.

Speaking about the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), the CM said the government was holding a series of consultative meetings with various civil society organisations to work out modalities which would avoid legal battles in the future.

While recalling about the implementation of the of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Dimapur following which the need to create a list of indigenous inhabitants of the state in the form of RIIN was felt, Rio stated that the government is conducting several consultative meetings with the civil society organisations, tribal leaders as the issue is both sensitive and significant in the state.

He said that after RIIN is implemented, village councils and tribal bodies would be harbingers of the certification and it would ensure transparency and smooth flow of the process.

Asserting that there was no dispute on the cut-off year of 1963 for the rest of the State, he said that the Dimapur subdivision was created as a tribal belt only in 1979, and would have to remain unchanged in order to avoid legal challenges in the court of law.

Underlining the ‘exemplary performance’ of government schools in New Delhi where they have shown the way towards successful educational reforms by performing better than private schools. Rio called on all stakeholders and student leaders to reflect on the matter and put in efforts to reach out to students in underprivileged areas to ensure quality education for all.

The CM further urged the students to reach out to people and create mass awareness as people are hesitant to get vaccinated against the deadly virus Covid-19. He further informed that the COVID-19 vaccination drive and said that only about 15% of the general population and 50-60% of the frontline workers in the state have taken the vaccination. He pointed out that higher hesitancy level is still prevalent among the people.

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