‘Govt. committed to Naga solution’
Kohima | March 10 : Governor K. Sankaranarayanan today asserted that the state government remains firm in its commitment to facilitate a negotiated settlement of the Naga political problem. “My government will continue to act as an active facilitator in the ongoing peace process between the Government of India and Naga “political” groups, so that a lasting and durable settlement acceptable to the Naga people may be arrived at,” the governor said in his address on the first day of the 3rd session of 11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly here.
In pursuance of this policy, the governor informed the assembly that the Political Affairs Committee of the DAN had convened the three-day Naga consultative meet at Kohima, which was attended by a number of overseas Nagas, representatives of political parties, hohos, prominent NGOs, churches and the Naga groups. The event was with the objective to exchanging views and suggestions to take forward the Naga political issue towards a peaceful resolution.
“My government also stands by our earlier commitment to pave the way for an alternative arrangement that may be necessary in the event of such a permanent settlement,” he said. The governor also thanked Naga civil society and the church for their efforts and contributions to the cause of reconciliation and unity of the Naga family.
Sankaranarayanan appealed to the underground groups to listen to the voice of the people, to stop fratricidal killings and bloodshed, to sink their differences, and move towards reconciliation and unity.
The governor informed that there has been considerable improvement in the law and order situation of the state during the last one year of the government, especially since July last year. “The incidents of inter-factional clashes amongst the underground groups have also significantly reduced, thanks to the efforts of the churches, the NGOs, the civil societies, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation, and also thanks to the restraint shown by the underground groups,” he said.
Sankaranarayanan also appreciated the security forces, the state police, state-level strategy groups and the district coordination groups, that they have also put in commendable efforts to maintain peace in the state.
Stating good governance to be the top agenda of the government, the governor said “a government that is transparent and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people will continue to be topmost on our agenda, and e-governance is being increasing introduced as one of the means to achieve this objective.”
Also stating that the district administration and the police represent the face of the government to the common man, the governor said every effort will be made to make the two organs of the government effective and result oriented.
He informed that the government was vigorously implementing the scheme for modernization of the police, with a view to make it more effective by equipping it with more modern weaponry, communication systems, transport facilities and imparting better training.
“My government is also in the process of raising a few special commando companies to enable our police to deal more effectively with the rising level of terrorist violence in the country,” he said.
Sankaranarayanan said the government had also recently framed and notified the Private Security Agencies (Nagaland) Rules, 2008, under the Private Security Agencies (Regulation) Act, 2005, to enable the setting up of private security agencies to provide security to banks, private firms, institutions and individuals etc who may need such protection.
Highlighting some of the achievements, the policies and programme of the government, he said “With peaceful conditions gradually returning to the state, and with the cooperation and support of the people who have given us a fresh mandate, I am hopeful and confident that we shall be able to translate our dreams and visions into reality, make our people happier and more prosperous, and our state a better place to live in.”