DIMAPUR, Aug 31 - Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang accompanied by his colleagues and Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio met President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi yesterday.
A CMO release informed that during a brief interaction with the President and Vice President, Zeliang urged them to use their good offices for an early settlement of the long standing Naga political problem.
Zeliang apprised the President about the Naga political issue and the need to resolve it before Christmas in order to bring peace and development in the region.
He also briefed them on the ongoing situation in the State while stating that peace will enable development that will make Nagaland a vibrant State of the Indian Union.
The Chief Minister also invited the President and Vice President to visit Nagaland and experience the rich cultural heritage of the State.
Zeliang also met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and held deliberations on the financial situation of the State. He apprised the Union Minister of the challenges the State is facing due to lack of resources.
He highlighted the issue of non-completion of projects taken up under State Plan Assistance as funds have not been made available under SPA since the formation of Niti Aayog, as a result of which many of the projects taken up under SPA are near completion but stuck.
He informed that the team from Niti Aayog has already assessed these projects and submitted its recommendation to Ministry of Finance, and urged Jaitley to consider sanctioning the same for early completion of the projects.
Earlier on August 29, the CM accompanied by MP Lok Sabha met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and urged him for an early settlement of the Naga political problem, preferably before Christmas this year.
Zeliang mentioned that settlement of the long standing Naga issue will help usher in an era of peace and development, which will have an impact on the entire Northeastern region. The Union Minister assured all possible help, the CMO added.