GUWAHATI, July 21 -Prime Minister Narendra Modi is keen on early resolution of the Naga political issues and that is the primary reason why Deputy National Security Adviser RN Ravi has been appointed as the Governor of Nagaland. Ravi is likely to take over as the Governor of Nagaland later this month or in the first week of August.
Highly placed official sources in the Government of India told The Assam Tribune that the primary role of Ravi as the Governor of Nagaland would be to expedite the peace talks and take it to logical conclusion as early as possible. The talks with the militant groups of Nagaland are in the final stage and some legal issues need to be sorted out to sign the final agreement.
The Prime Minister is of the opinion that Ravi would be in a better position to deal with such issues by staying on the ground and that is one of the reasons why the decision to appoint him as the Governor of Nagaland was taken.
Since coming to power in 2014, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government did not appoint any civil servant as a Governor. Ravi is the first retired civil servant to be appointed as a Governor during the NDA regime.
Ravi retired as Special Director of the Intelligence Bureau and he was appointed as the interlocutor for Naga peace talks in 2014 immediately after the NDA government took over. He was also appointed as the chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) and then the Deputy National Security Adviser.
After Ravi took over the role of the interlocutor, a framework agreement was signed with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) in August, 2015 and as the Central government is keen on inclusive solution to the issue, efforts were also made to bring the other rebel groups to the negotiation table.
The efforts yielded the desired results as the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG), an umbrella organisation of six rebel groups, also joined the peace process. So far, the NSCN(I-M) and NNPG are talking separately with the government, but finally, only one agreement will be signed for lasting peace.
It is still not clear whether the Government of India will appoint a separate interlocutor after Ravi takes over as the Nagaland Governor. �The government may decide to appoint one interlocutor to keep day to day talks with the rebel groups, but the final responsibility will be on Ravi to conclude the talks for solution of the Naga issue,� sources said.