DIMAPUR, June 13 � Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang called on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his North Block office in New Delhi today and briefed him about the situation of Nagaland, including the financial position of the State.
Zeliang requested Singh to expedite the release of the State�s pending claims from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) such as reimbursement of security-related expenditures, reimbursement of expenditures for deployment of NAP (IR Bns) outside the State and salaries of village guards.
The CM also requested him to release the subsidy claims pending with the MHA for more than last four years since February, 2010 while explaining the operation of the State�s helicopter services. The claims lying pending in the MHA is said to be around Rs 228 crore.
He also briefed the Union Home Minister about the problems of IPS cadre management in the State due to acute shortage of senior IPS officers.
At the meeting, Zeliang further apprised Singh about the progress of the Naga peace process and the need for early resumption of the peace talks. He also sought appointment of an interlocutor for the peace talks as the post is lying vacant since resignation of RS Pandey in December 2013.
The Union Home Minister promised to look positively into all the requests made by the Chief Minister. He was accompanied by State Home Minister V Patton, Power Minister Kipili Sangtam, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning & Coordination Neiba Kronu and senior officials.
On June 9, the Chief Minister met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter�s office in New Delhi. The PM gave a passionate hearing to the problems being faced by the State.
During the meeting, Zeliang, through a memorandum, requested the PM for one-time grant for wiping out the huge deficit of the State. Other demands concerning connectivity and economic improvement and for immediately concluding the Indo-Naga peace talks were also raised by the CM, according to a release issued by PRO, Nagaland House, New Delhi.