Union Home Minister allays fears on ‘territorial integrity’

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By :Pradeep Pareek
Dimapur(Nagaland ): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh  said that Delhi is committed to fulfil the aspirations of the Naga people for a brighter future.
He  said that, “the central government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narenda Modi, is committed to do its best to fulfil the aspirations of the Naga people for a brighter tomorrow with all the honour which they richly deserve.”
President Ram Nath Kovind on December 1,  while inaugurating the 10-daylong Hornbill festival coinciding with the 54 anniversary of the Statehood day announced that Nagaland was at the threshold of making history as a final agreement on the Naga political issue would soon be reached and lasting peace achieved.
Prospect for lasting peace have gone up in Nagaland, after the Centre and the NSCN-IM signed a framework agreement in 2015 and also the 6 NNPGs signing an agreement recently with the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks.
Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang while speaking during the Hornbill Festival reiterated that time was opportune to bring a permanent solution to decade’s old Naga political crisis.
Commenting on the ongoing festival Singh had all praises for the visionary leaders of Nagaland for coming up with such a brilliant idea of the Hornbill festival. He said the festival promotes socio-cultural bonding besides enriching and adding layers of modernity, music, art, fashion and beauty pageants. He also extended his appreciation to the participating tribes from different states like Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh which truly symbolizes the strength of our nation.
Singh informed that the Central government is in the process of finalising a revamped free movement regime on the India-Myanmar border to ensure that people living in border areas face no hardships. “While doing so, steps are also being taken to promote border trade by establishing land custom stations. This would also ensure that illicit trafficking and other illegal activities are curbed at the border,” the union home minister stated.
Rajnath Singh also said the territorial integrity of the northeastern states will not be compromised while concluding the final agreement on Naga insurgency issue. “There should be no apprehension or worry for anyone. Territorial integrity of no state will be affected,” he maintained while replying to media person at ARTC&S, at Shokhovi near here prior to his visit to Kisama.
All the three states-Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur-presently ruled by Bhartiya Janta Party strongly opposed the NSCN-IM demand for integration of Naga dominated areas.
Singh earlier assured the Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur that a pact signed by Central government with the NSCN-IM will not affect the territorial integrity of the three northeastern states.
His assurance to the Chief Ministers N. Biren Singh (Manipur), Sarbananda Sonowal (Assam) and Pema Khandu (Arunachal) conveyed to them when they jointly visited him at Raj Bhavan in Kolkata on Thursday, sources said.
Nagaland has an opportunity to lead North-Eastern states to the path of peace, stability, prosperity and growth and hoped for a peaceful, vibrant, colourful and energetic Nagaland is an example for other States to emulate, said the union home minister Rajnath Singh


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