Kohima: In a significant development, the
Nagaland government has recommended to the Centre for creation
of an autonomous council encompassing four border districts of
the state, in view of the demand by Eastern Nagaland People`s
Organisation (ENPO) for a separate "Frontier Nagaland".
The decision to recommend the creation of the autonomous
council under the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the
Constitution was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio yesterday, officials said on Sunday.
The PMO had sought the state government`s opinion after
the ENPO submitted a memorandum to the Centre last year
demanding the separate Frontier Nagaland which included four
districts--Mon, Tuensang, Kiphire and Longleng--and six Naga
If the Centre approves the state cabinet`s proposal, the
autonomous council would have the authority to administer the
ENPO area and would have legislative, administrative, and
financial powers as per provisions of the Constitution.
Chief secretary Lalthara said the Cabinet yesterday
discussed the resolution adopted at a joint meeting of the
ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland legislators and MPs on
July 20, which had recommended the government to create an
autonomous council for areas falling within the jurisdiction
The Cabinet decided to forward its proposal for creation
of the autonomous council to the Government of India for
consideration, he said.