Jan 29, 2013

Nagalim: Call For Peaceful Settlement

Nagaland governor Nikhil Kumar has appealed to all Naga groups to continue working together to put an end ot the conflict.

Below is an article published by The Times of India:

Nagaland governor Nikhil Kumar has appealed to all political parties, Naga Hohos, civil societies, NGOs, churches and the Naga underground groups to continue working for a permanent peaceful settlement of the Naga political issue.

Addressing the 64th Republic Day celebrations at the Secretariat Plaza here on Saturday, the governor said that the central government and the political leaders of the state have tried their best to facilitate an early solution to the Naga political problem. He urged everyone to work together to ensure that Nagaland sees a new era of peace and development.

"The preparation for the assembly election has started. I appeal to all political parties, state election machinery and government servants engaged in election duty and the people to maintain dignity and decorum during election campaigns to ensure a smooth and peaceful poll," he said, urging those engaged in election duty to discharge their duties with diligence and dedication without fear or favour and also make sure that every eligible voter exercises their franchise.

The governor appreciated the Nagaland churches for their clean election campaign and appealed to everyone to ensure that the election becomes the cleanest in the state's history.

"The state is in the process of implementing the 'Aadhar' scheme of the Unique Identity Authority of India. The district administration with the department of rural development and urban development has successfully conducted the socio-economic caste census (SECC) 2012 in Nagaland and all the officers and the staff involved in the exercise should be complimented," he said.

The governor also said that Border Peace Committee and the district administration of bothAssam and Nagaland are working towards maintaining peace and stability in the disputed border area of the two states through exchange programmes in cultural and sports. "WW-II veteran pension has been increased from Rs 500 per month to Rs 5,000 and the government plans to open a Vocational Training Centre, including Computer Laboratory, for training of ex-servicemen and their children," he said.