Govt urged to deal with "Frontier State" demand without delay

Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Nagaland has urged the Neiphiu Rio government to address the sensitive issue of separate state demand by Eastern Nagaland Public Organisation without further delay.

Updated: Jan 29, 2011, 14:24 PM IST

Kohima: Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in
Nagaland has urged the Neiphiu Rio government to address the
sensitive issue of separate state demand by Eastern Nagaland
Public Organisation (ENPO) without further delay.

The CLP issued a statement expressing grave concern over
the demand for creation of "Frontier Nagaland" comprising four
border districts of the state after its meeting in Dimapur
yesterday.

The opposition Congress asserted that the matter should
not be shifted to the bureaucrats alone but should be handled
politically by the state government as it is delicate and
involves the aspiration of a large section of the Naga people.

The opposition legislators said a political panel instead
of an administrative committee is imperative to instil the
confidence among the Eastern Nagas.

Considering intricacies of the issue, the party asked the
state government to take bold political decisions to resolve
the problem. The CLP pointed out that the common perception
was that the presence of substantial political leadership (in
eastern part of Nagaland) had not made any difference in
equitable presence of bureaucracy in key positions and
proportionate employees in the government establishments.

Maintaining that elected members have the constitutional
obligation to protect and preserve the integrity of the state,
the Congress said the DAN government should have taken
concrete political steps to address the issue.

Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha MP, Khekiho Zhimomi said the
demand for a separate state is a slight setback to the Naga
political struggle for unity and integration but the
grievances of the eastern Nagas could be resolved by the DAN
government under the leadership of Neiphiu Rio.

He told newsmen at the sidelines of a function near
Dimapur that the development and employment need of the border
tribes could be redressed to the level of their maximum
satisfaction.

Zhimomi said that cooperation with the government is
paramount adding that goodwill should prevail on both sides to
address the grievances of the Eastern Naga brothers.

The ENPO, representing six Naga tribes of eastern part of
the state submitted a memorandum to the prime minister
demanding creation of "Frontier Nagaland" and organised public
rallies in the entire four district headquarters town on January
7 in support of its demand for socio-economic development of
the backward region bordering Myanmar.

PTI