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Northast states will be consulted: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

Chumthang News Service,
DELHI/2015: Amid mounting pressure from opposition Congress, the Government on Friday sought to allay fears of neighbouring states of Nagaland– Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur– by assuring them that they would be consulted before the final agreement with NSCN (I-M) was signed.
This was conveyed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang who called on him in New Delhi on Friday. Zeliang was accompanied by Home minister, Y. Patton.“Before the final agreement is signed with the NSCN (I-M) Chief Ministers of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh will be taken into confidence,” sources said quoting the Home Minister as having said to Zeliang during a 20 minute meeting.

Singh told Zeliang that the Central government has made it clear to NSCN (I-M) that their main demand of integration of Naga inhabited areas would not be met but more powers would be given to local bodies like autonomous district council, the sources said. This comes at a time when Congress which rules all the three states protested for not having consulted the neighbouring states of Nagaland before signing the initial accord with NSCN-IM.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had on Thursday accused Narendra Modi government for “insulting” the three North Eastern states, whose chief ministers belong to her party, as they were not taken into confidence before signing the agreement with NSCN (I-M).
She charged the Modi dispensation with being “arrogant” in not briefing Congress chief ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Assam despite their states being “directly affected” by the pact.
 
Sources said the Home Minister explained to the Chief Minister that a framework has been laid in the Monday’s agreement and the final pact will be signed only after detailed discussions in coming months.Sources said micro details of the peace plan will have to be worked out and will take some more time but said government is willing to consider devolution of more powers to Nagaland legislature under article 371 (A) which is already in force.
 
According to PTI reports, Government was willing to consider autonomous Hill councils to help Nagas achieve cultural integration and have more say in how they are governed.Framework Agreement of the Naga Peace Accord was signed in the presence of the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval by NSCN (I-M) leader Th. Muivah and government’s interlocutor for Naga talks, R.N Ravi at the PM’s residence here.

Further, in a press release, Chief Minister’s Office, Nagaland also informed that the chief minister met National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval and Interlocutor Naga Peace Talk, R.N. Ravi later in the evening.During the meeting, CMO stated that Doval and Ravi explained the principle idea of the framework for solution to Naga problem.

Source: N.E.T

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