Thursday, February 9, 2023

ENPO deliberates on MHA blueprint

Staff Reporter

After a marathon five-hour meeting at DUDA Guest House at Sovima, Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) along with representatives of the seven tribal bodies and all frontal organizations, resolved to apprise the Central team of the ‘talking points’ discussed Saturday at the next round of meeting likely to be held next week.
The meeting Saturday was held to deliberate on the ‘blue print’ presented by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) constituted panel headed by advisor (NE) A.K. Mishra.
The five-hour long meeting held at DUDA Guest House Sovima on Saturday was attended by over 100 members including Eastern Nagaland Legislators Union and Rajya Sabha MP.
Meanwhile, speaking to media persons after the meeting, ENPO general secretary Manlang Phom said the issue was discussed with open mind and that the talking points will be presented to MHA panel to next week.
He however, did not disclose what were the talking points identified for the MHA Blueprint which was discussed at the meeting.
When asked about the claims made by a member of the talk team that the Government of India had agreed to provide a separate legislature for frontier Nagaland along with access to financial, judicial as well as executive powers, Manlang said he cannot comment on it since it was not yet official.
It may be mentioned that on January 5, the MHA committee during its meeting with the ENPO delegation in Guwahati presented the ‘blueprint’ in a bid to settle their demand for creation of a separate ‘Frontier Nagaland’ state.
ENPO has been tight-lipped about the contents of the blue print, saying it was immature to speak on the matter when nothing has been finalized.
It may be recalled that NPCC president K. Therie in a statement on December 30, 2022 claimed that the government of India has agreed to a Regional Autonomous Council (RAC) for ENPO areas and which meant that the demand for a separate Frontier Nagaland state was not considered at all.
It was also noted by veteran Naga politician and former chief minister and governor Dr. S.C. Jamir in an exclusive interview to Nagaland Post on December 30, said that the Centre has been placed in a position where it is directly dealing with ENPO over statehood demand.
According to Jamir, such an issue of utmost public importance should have been discussed threadbare in the legislative assembly with the elected representatives of ENPO and other districts.
He said by not discussing the matter in the assembly, the present UDA government in Nagaland has clearly shown that it has abdicated its constitutional responsibility. Jamir said as per the constitution, the Nagaland assembly will also have to adopt and pass a resolution pertaining to bifurcation of ENPO to form a separate administrative entity.
Jamir also said the elected members of ENPO should answer their people about perpetual economic and infrastructure backwardness of the ENPO areas.
He said entire Nagaland state came into being after much suffering and sacrifice of all Nagas of Nagaland and felt all involved should resolve ENPO demand since there was no problem that eluded solution.

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