Nagaland govt supports talks between Centre and NSCN (IM)

21 Mar 2017

Governor P B Acharya today said the Nagaland government supports the ongoing dialogue between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) and would strive for a final solution to the six-decades old Naga political issue.
The Nagaland government has also recently constituted the 'Political Affairs Mission' to spearhead the Government's efforts in this area, replacing the erstwhile Political Affairs Committee of the State Government, Acharya said while addressing the budget session of the Nagland Assembly. Acharya said the state government would continue to strive to work for a final solution to the more than six decades old Naga political issue in a peaceful, inclusive and honourable manner. The Governor also asked NSCN (K) to resume ceasefire with the Centre in the larger interest of the Nagas. Acharya said the Nagaland government faced various problems in conducting elections to Urban Local Bodies in the state.
The Governor recalled that the elections, notified on December 1 last year were opposed by several tribal bodies and groups, leading to violence and the elections being ultimately declared null and void, keeping in view the overall situation and the sentiments of the people. He said the opposition to elections was on the ground that the 33 per cent reservation for women in Urban Local Bodies infringed Article 371-A of the Constitution. The Governor condoled the lost of two precious lives in the ensuing violence in Dimapur while also expressing that functioning of Government offices was disrupted due to bandhs during the agitation.