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NE States ignored over NSCN(IM) peace pact

By R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, Nov 16 � The Central Government has not given due consideration to the views of the concerned State Governments while preparing the roadmap for signing an agreement with the NSCN (I-M) and now only a few minor differences are to be settled before formally signing the peace accord with the militant outfit. However, the date for signing of an agreement with the militant outfit is yet to be finalised.

Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the Governments of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh opposed intrusion into their territories while going for a settlement with the NSCN (I-M) and the Centre has also ruled out the possibility of creation of a greater Nagalim with inclusion of Naga-inhabited areas of other States. But the Centre has agreed to the formation of Naga councils in the Naga-inhabited areas of the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur for economic development of the areas as well as protection of Naga culture and customs.

Sources revealed that the NSCN has demanded formation of such councils incorporating parts of Dima Hassao and Karbi Anglong districts of Assam, Tirap, Changlang and parts of Lohit districts of Arunachal Pradesh and the hills of Manipur inhabited by Naga people. However, the geographical boundaries of the states would not be affected and the State Governments would have the responsibility of maintaining law and order.

Meanwhile, on the road map prepared by the MHA for signing of an agreement with the NSCN, sources said that Nagaland would be given the status of a special category state with its own flag and Naga nomenclature would be given to the administrative posts in Nagaland. The NSCN has given up its demand for sovereignty and though the outfit demanded that the head of the State should be called the Prime Minister, the demand has been turned down. The Restricted Area Permit (RAP) system will also be introduced in Nagaland.

Sources said that at one point of time, following years of negotiations, the leaders of the NSCN verbally agreed only to a financial package for the Naga inhabited areas, but as the Central Government is keen on expediting the peace talks, the NSCN leaders adopted a tough stand and forced the Government to accept the demand for creation of Naga councils in the Naga dominated areas of the other states.

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NE States ignored over NSCN(IM) peace pact

GUWAHATI, Nov 16 � The Central Government has not given due consideration to the views of the concerned State Governments while preparing the roadmap for signing an agreement with the NSCN (I-M) and now only a few minor differences are to be settled before formally signing the peace accord with the militant outfit. However, the date for signing of an agreement with the militant outfit is yet to be finalised.

Highly placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the Governments of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh opposed intrusion into their territories while going for a settlement with the NSCN (I-M) and the Centre has also ruled out the possibility of creation of a greater Nagalim with inclusion of Naga-inhabited areas of other States. But the Centre has agreed to the formation of Naga councils in the Naga-inhabited areas of the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur for economic development of the areas as well as protection of Naga culture and customs.

Sources revealed that the NSCN has demanded formation of such councils incorporating parts of Dima Hassao and Karbi Anglong districts of Assam, Tirap, Changlang and parts of Lohit districts of Arunachal Pradesh and the hills of Manipur inhabited by Naga people. However, the geographical boundaries of the states would not be affected and the State Governments would have the responsibility of maintaining law and order.

Meanwhile, on the road map prepared by the MHA for signing of an agreement with the NSCN, sources said that Nagaland would be given the status of a special category state with its own flag and Naga nomenclature would be given to the administrative posts in Nagaland. The NSCN has given up its demand for sovereignty and though the outfit demanded that the head of the State should be called the Prime Minister, the demand has been turned down. The Restricted Area Permit (RAP) system will also be introduced in Nagaland.

Sources said that at one point of time, following years of negotiations, the leaders of the NSCN verbally agreed only to a financial package for the Naga inhabited areas, but as the Central Government is keen on expediting the peace talks, the NSCN leaders adopted a tough stand and forced the Government to accept the demand for creation of Naga councils in the Naga dominated areas of the other states.