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Lack of unity among parties over Naga issue: Neiphiu Rio

Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 19:41

Kohima: There is lack of unity among
political parties over the Naga issue, Chief Minister Neiphiu
Rio, whose Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government
celebrated its two years of completion in office in its second
term, said on Thursday.

``All of us have been insisting that there should be
re-conciliation and unity among Naga underground groups, but
at the same time we overground politicians irrespective of
party affiliations should have been united first on the Naga
political issue,`` he told newsmen here after the official
thanksgiving service.

``Unfortunately, it (understanding among parties) has not
happened so far despite the many efforts of DAN government to
bring all over ground politicians to a common platform on the
vexed political problem since it came to power,`` he said.

Earlier, addressing the gathering Rio appreciated the
initiative of Speaker Kiyanilie Pseyie in holding two sittings
of all the 60 members of the house which led to the formation
of the joint parliamentary committee, which will act as a
facilitator to the ongoing Naga peace process.

He also thanked the opposition Congress for its
cooperation in the forming of the joint committee.

Rio expressed satisfaction over the peacetalks between
the Centre and NSCN(I-M) in which the dialogue was on in the
highest levels and assured that his government would pave the
way for a new dispensation if it comes by way of a political
settlement of the vexed Naga political conflict.

Rio expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of
construction work undertaken by various departments in the
state despite the quality control board being set up by the
government.

Asked to comment on the alleged anomalies in the
implementation of various rural development schemes,
particularly NREGA, he said the rural development department
was doing its level best for the proper implementation of some
of the schemes.

Nagaland had earned laurels from the Centre and other
agencies for effective implementation of development schemes
in villages in the small states category, he added.

The Chief Minister said there was a better cohesiveness
and coordination among the alliance partners in DAN-2
which was helping implementation of various development
projects.

The thanksgiving service was chaired by Chief Secretary
Lalthara and attended by ministers, parliamentary secretaries,
senior civil and police officials and leaders and workers of
Naga People’s Front and NCP. Prayers, Bible reading and choir
songs marked the celebration.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 19:41
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