DoNER minister Jitendra Singh undertakes surprise visit to Nagaland

Minister for the Development of North East Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh, has said the adverse political situation in Nagaland, particularly in the wake of the recent attacks by insurgents, will affect the state`s economic development and spread to through the entire northeast region.

Dimapur: Minister for the Development of North East Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh, has said the adverse political situation in Nagaland, particularly in the wake of the recent attacks by insurgents, will affect the state`s economic development and spread to through the entire northeast region.

Singh was addressing media at the Rhododendron conference Hall in Chumukedima, near Dimapur. R N Ravi, the interlocutor for the Indo-Naga peace talks was also present on the occasion.

Singh said that the central government is committed to ensuring peace and `tranquillity` in the state and that no force would be allowed to undermine that objective.

"Any incident or happening which tends to interfere with the peace and tranquillity will have adverse effect on the economic development of state of Nagaland and also for the entire NE region," he said.

He said that the way to achieve `maximum benefit` was through having a "conductive atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.Optimum growth could be achieved in the fields of education and the economy, he said.

"Violence has a vicious circle and it cannot end without taking its toll. But, I can assure on behalf of the GOI that development will not be allowed to suffer on account of violence," he said "The GOI`s desire is for peace and for looking forward to an era of development where all groups of society live with amity and co existence, with the common objective of enabling this region to grow at par with the mainstream of other parts of the country," he added.

R N Ravi also offered some passing comments about the ongoing talks stating that his part is to take the peace talks forward to a logical conclusion which would acceptable and gainful for the Nagas.

The minister also met many Naga civil societies during the visit and patiently listened to their pleas on several issues especially relating to the excess of the Indian armies in the event of any situation arising out of clashes between underground and the Indian armed forces.