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Monday August 31, 2009.

The Daily News by DIPR, Kohima.

STATE  PREPARED  FOR  H1N1  FLU

 

                The Department of Health & Family Welfare is well prepared in tackling the H1N1 flu in the state. This was stated by the Minister of H&FW, Nagaland, Kuzholuzo during a press briefing held in his office chamber today. The State also has sufficient stock of Tamiflu, the antibiotic used for treatment of the swine-flu, in case of an outbreak of the disease in the State, the Minister assured. These medicines have been sent to all the districts while there are reserves at Kohima spare, it was disclosed.

            All the districts have their own action plan, wherein various sectors have been roped in including the church, he informed. However, Zunheboto and Wokha districts have been asked to upscale their action plans, the Minister said.

            Airport screening has started and 4 Rapid Response Team consisting of 4 doctors in each team has been constituted to monitor the situation, while with regard to surveillance, reports of daily monitoring of the state are being sent to Delhi, the Health Minister said.

            ‘As long as we remain healthy and our immune system is strong, the H1N1 virus will not attack us’, said the Minister and called upon everyone to be health conscious by taking care of their diet and by being hygienic. He also advised the public to keep in touch with the ‘Do’s and Don’ts of Swine Flu’.

                                                                                                                (Limawati, Lolano & Watimenla)

 

WORKSHOP  ON  HUMAN  DEVELOPMENT  REPORT  HELD  AT  MON

 

            An exclusive workshop on Mon District Human Development Report 2009 was held with Additional Chief Secretary & Development Commissioner, Nagaland, Alemtemshi Jamir, IAS as the Chief Guest and Prof. Manoj Pant, School of International Studies, Jawaharal Nehru University, New Delhi as the Guest of Honour on 27th August 2009 at the DC’s Conference hall, Mon.

            In his inaugural speech the Chief Guest called upon the participants to give constructive feedbacks and suggestions to enable the resource persons to frame a genuine Report on Human Development of Mon district. He said that District Human Development Report is very crucial because this report will enable the National Planning Commission and the State Government to implement various policies and programmes which will affect the people of the district.

            In his interaction with the Administrative Officers, Agri. & allied departments, DBs and the BDOs of the district, Alemtemshi Jamir highlighted that due to global climate change there is a late monsoon yielding very poor harvest this year and the state Government has declared drought like situation in Nagaland. In this regard he directed the officers to prepare an advance district action plan to supply food grains and other relief and also to issue various Kharif seeds to the farmers to recover the poor Rabi harvest. He warned the officers to see that no starvation death is reported from the district and informed that the concerned officer will be held responsible for any death due to starvation.

            In his key-note address the Guest of Honour stressed on the features of Human Development. He said the study of the human development is to focus on the various developmental activities that are taking place between the States and the Nations. He also said that Human Development should not be reported by a few individuals but needs the participation of all concerned and urged the participants to give feedbacks according to the voice of the people.

            While giving brief introduction on Mon District Human Development Report, Kevileno Angami, IES, OSD, Planning & Coordination Department said three districts including Mon, Peren and Kohima have been selected with a view to identify and study the gaps between the most underdeveloped and the most advanced districts. Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Dinesh Kumar, IAS in his welcome address presented a power point presentation on the human development definition and index of Mon district while the Statistical Officer, Charles Kikon, highlighted how data has been collected and the methods applied in the survey of Mon district.

            The resource persons Dr. Kilangla Jamir, Lead Author (Agriculture), NU Lumami; Dr. Nandira Changkija, Lead Author (Health Issue), NHA, Kohima; Chozüle Kikhi, Lead Author (Gender Issue) Deputy Director, Horticulture; F.P. Solo, Lead Author (Education) Commissioner & Secretary, Higher & Technical; Athili Kathipri, Lead Author (Connectivity/Infrastructure) Additional Director, IT&TE and Dr. Temjenzulu Lead Author (Basic Service) NU, Lumami presented their respective power point presentations on human development of Mon district. At the closing session the resource persons also reported the feedbacks and suggestions contributed by the participants after subject wise discussion in various rooms at DC’s office complex.

            The workshop was attended by Government Officers, heads of offices, representatives of Civil Societies, KNSKS, KU, KSU, DBs and public leaders of Mon district. DC, Mon, Dinesh Kumar chaired the inaugural function.

                                                                                    (DPRO, Mon)

 

APPLICATION  FOR  CM  CORPUS  FUND  UNDER  KOHIMA

 

            Interested candidates of eligible unemployed youth for self-employment from indigenous tribe of Kohima district and other tribes permanently settled in Kohima are invited for the collection of prescribed application forms for CM Corpus fund during 2009-10 under Kohima district from 1st September 2009 during office hours.

            To obtain the form the candidate must produce the following relevant particulars/documents issued by competent authority in support of the candidature such as Certificate of Indigenous inhabitant of Kohima district; Candidates must be within the prescribed age group of 25 years to 40 years old as on August 2009; Certificate of Date of Birth and Certificate of unemployment registration with Employment Exchange Kohima district. Any of the candidates who have availed assistance for self-employment programme from any government agencies need not apply as the list of candidates will be endorsed to all concerned departments for cross checking which will lead to deletion of names of such candidates. The project report prepared outside the concerned sector department of the district will not be accepted and it should be approved by the head of the concerned district office. The last date for submission of the duly filled up application form with project report and other required particulars will be 25th September 2009, the interview schedule will be held on 12th – 16th October 2009. Application form will be issued on first come first basis. This was notified by Deputy Commissioner & Member Secretary, District Corpus Fund, Kohima, Beiu Angami.

                                                                                   

                                                                                    (DPRO, Kohima)

 

PEREN  DPDB  MEETING  HELD

 

            The monthly meeting of Peren District Planning & Development Board for the month of August 2009 was held on 28th August 2009 at DC’s conference hall under the chairmanship of Chairman DPDB & Minister, Planning & Coordination, T.R. Zeliang. After reviewing the last meeting minutes the board finalized and unanimously approved LADP schemes including Common Pool 2009-10 in respect of 6 Tenning A/C and 7 Peren A/C.

                District Tuberculosis Officer, Peren, Dr. Yanger and CMO Peren, Dr. L. Kuotsu gave a power-point presentation on swine flu during the board meeting. The Chairman briefed the board members on drought like condition in Nagaland. He asked the Agri and Allied department officials under Peren district to seriously study and prepare reports on alternative crops to mitigate the farmers’ situations as delayed monsoon has adversely affected the paddy crops in Peren district. The Chairman also informed the house about the forth coming Road Show in Peren to be held on March 2010. In the meeting the board also recommended the following agenda - Taxi permit to ply between Athibung and Dimapur, Taxi permit to ply between Kezanglwa to Dimapur and application for construction of Peren Government College, Peren. Lastly the Chairman on behalf of the DPDB members and on his own behalf extended gratitude and appreciation to the outgoing Deputy Commissioner, Peren, N. Mesen for his sincerity, co-operation and invaluable service to the district people during his stay at Peren. The Chairman also wished the officer success in his future endeavors.

 

                                                                                                (SDIO, Peren)

 

WAITING  SHED  AT  LINGRIJAN  INAUGURATED

 

            Dimapur Municipal Chairman, Khekhaho Assumi inaugurated the Waiting Shed at ‘Y’ junction near Cambridge School, Lingrijan, Dimapur on 29th August 2009.

            Speaking at the function Assumi expressed his gratitude to the well-wishers and the people of the six colonies for constructing the shed for the benefit of the colony people and the public as a whole, without any assistance or aid from the Government. He said that it is a very good example to other colonies and public and hoped that others would also follow the good example shown by Lingrijan public. He expressed hope that more of such activities would be taken up in future and encouraged the colony people to take up other avenues such as central works and private sector works to bring prosperity in the society. He assured the colony people that blacktopping would be done from the newly constructed waiting shed to Lingrijan and Duncan Basti boundaries. He also donated Rs 20,000/- for the inaugural expenditure from the DMC discretionary fund.

            Short speeches were also delivered DMC members present at the function and the Village Council Chairman, N. Matong Jamir. Others present in the function included DMC members Thungchanthung Lotha, I. Nungsang Jamir and Lipok Pongen. The programme was chaired by Chitenlemba Imsong while welcome address was delivered by Panger Tsudir. Invocation and dedicatory prayer was said by Associate Pastor, DABA, Wati Kichu and benediction was said by O. Lanu, Deacon.

                                                                                    (Sashimong IA, Dimapur)

 

HEALTH  CAMP  CONDUCTED  AT  MITELEPHE

 

            A health camp was held at Mitelephe village on 27th August 2009 as a part of health centre management committee mission. Dr. Khriekuolie Liezietsu, M.O., PHC Kimipfüphe and his team consisting of medical staff and CDPO Jakhama, Kezevi-o undertook the venture with the support and co-operation of the village authority. The programme was chaired by Khasüdi Tepa, Chairman VHC while invocation prayer was said by Pastor Neizelie Zochü. Dr. Khriekuolie gave a brief introduction on the significance and importance of the programme. He stated that it was initiated with much effort and therefore urged the community to make full use of the programme.

            In response to the clarion call, elders, mothers, youth and children flocked to the camp for the services available. Altogether 47 patients registered their names and underwent check up, while 34 persons had blood test. The day long camp was successfully concluded with vote of thanks by Vizakie Keyie, Chairman, Village Council.

                                                                                                (IA, Jakhama)

 

WEEKLONG  TRAINING  ON  ‘DEVELOPMENT  OF  INSTRUCTIONAL  SKILLS  FOR  ITI  INSTRUCTORS’  UNDERWAY

 

            The inaugural programme for one week off-campus training on ‘Development of Instructional skills for ITI Instructors’ was held at ITI complex, Kohima on 31st August 2009 with Joint Secretary, Labour & Employment, K. Miasathou as the chief guest.

            Addressing the gathering the chief guest appealed to all the instructors to improve and equip themselves by upgrading their skills and knowledge with the latest technological inputs to meet the requirements of the students in the present fast changing scenario. He added that the training courses are coordinated and conducted by well-experienced faculty members having expertise in various fields who have trained in reputed premier institutions in India and abroad.

            Deputy Director, Training Institute (FTI) Jamshedpur, M.K. Parial in his introduction address added that the institute had conducted more than 400 programmes facilitating the upgradation of about 6000 personnel. He said that the courses offered are in the field of quality control, programmable logic controller, industrial electronics, microprocessor, machining skill development process, supervisory and skill development.

            Principal, ITI Kohima, K. Wati in his address urged the trainees to take the opportunity with serious and positive approach to educate the students by improving overall competencies of a middle management personnel through various supervisory skill development programes with a focus to develop quality and productivity.

            The programme was chaired by Joint Director, E&CT Kohima, Muthingnuba Sangtam. Short speech was delivered by Director, E&CT, N. Panger Jamir. Introduction to the course content was given by Deputy Director, Training Foremen Training Institute (FTI) Jamshedpur, M.K. Parial and vote of thanks by Principal ITI Kohima, K. Wati.

 

                                                                                    (Temjenkaba)

 

WEBSITE  FOR  ATMA  MOKOKCHUNG  LAUNCHED

 

            A Website for Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Mokokchung had been launched. The website created by ATMA Mokokchung was formally launched by Director, Agriculture Dr. Supong Keitzar at the meeting of departmental officers in the Deputy Commissioner’s conference Hall on 27th August, 2009. The website can be accessed at www.atmamokokchung.org.

In his speech, Dr. Supong said that ATMA had been the outcome of the new initiative of restructured Extension Reforms for Agriculture, where farmers occupy the first position and that all ATMA activities should revolve around the farmers. Stressing on the need to attain food security, Dr. Supong, who is also the State Nodal officer for ATMA, also mentioned about the importance of the role of mass media for farmers to access proven technologies even in the remotest areas.

On the occasion, the activities of ATMA, Mokokchung was presented by AO, I. Lipokmeren Jamir. Joint Director, T.V Holo exhorting the members at the meeting said farmer to farmer extension is effective in motivating and convincing other farmers to adopt improved agricultural technologies and thus such techniques should be encouraged for technology dissemination through public-private partnership. Dr. Amenla, Lady Training Officer, LTO, while addressing the meeting gave more insight on the new activities to be implemented by ATMA and reiterated that 30% of ATMA fund would be utilized for extension activities targeted towards women farmers. The meeting was chaired by Tekatushi Ao, Project Officer, State Agriculture Research Centre, Yisemyong and Project Director, ATMA Mokokchung.

 

                                                                                    (DPRO, Mokokchung)

 

78th  MARTYR’S  DAY  OF  HAIPOU  JADONANG  HELD

 

                The 78th Martyr’s day of Haipou Jadonang was organised by Heraka Vidya Bhararti School, ‘B’ Jalukie on 29th August 2009 with P.F. Zeliang, Commander 9 IRB, Saijang as the chief guest and Ranger, Forest Department, Jalukie, Rampaukai as guest of honour. The programme was chaired by Isaac.

            Speaking on the occasion as the main speaker, Abraham said that Haipou Jadonang was born in the Zeliangrong community in 1905 in Kambiron village in Tamenglong district of Manipur. From his childhood he was mild, most truthful, peaceful, hardworking and helpful. Jadonang was a divine soul born out of Tingwang’s wish to redeem Naga society from the events and ills of the community. He was a fortune-teller, a divine leader, a saint, spiritual leader, social reformer, lover of indigenous religion and culture, a successful organizer and extensive traveller and a bold military commander, all rolled into one person called Haipou Jadonang. He preached teachings and lessons to masses, constructed a temple of God Bishnu in his Kambiron village and another at Binnakandi on Cachar district. He abolished many taboos and superstitions and established a reformed cult-Heraka, which means ‘Pure’. Jadonang led a pilgrimage to Bhuvan cave where he preached spirituality and ideals of divine life. He was a strict follower of discipline. The young Gaidinliu assisted him in this divine work. He evolved scientific military training and military caution. He composed patriotic songs to be sung during military adventures. He composed hymns and devotional songs, which are very popular among Zeliangrong people particularly the Heraka followers. He innovated and invented different dance forms. He was a freedom-loving spiritual leader and wished his people to live peacefully free from foreign yoke. That is why he established a Naga army to protect his people from British rule. He visualized a kingdom (Makam Gwangdi) of his people, which British described as Naga Raj. The Britishers wanted to remove this obstacle called Jadonang from their path for smooth expansion of colonial rule. They fabricated a case of murder of four Manipuri traders and falsely implicated him in these murder cases. British invaders hanged him in Imphal on 29th August 1931.He preferred to die than to sacrifice his religion, culture and above all the freedom of his people. People throughout the world are generally found having pride in the history of their forefathers. The divine revolutionaries Haipou Jadonang and spiritual lady Rani Ma Gaidinliu sacrificed their lives for us. They laid their lives for our better tomorrow and through their untiring deeds the cultural identity of Zeliangrong people could be kept intact. Abraham said that the 78th Martyr’s Day is being observed for a great leader of national stature. The highlights of the programme included Zeliangrong dance/Hindi geet, while a Gujarati dance was performed by students. Vote of thanks was pronounced by Tasile, Headmistress. A large number of people including government officers, public leaders and town council members attended the function.

                                                                                    (IA, Jalukie)

 

FREE  MEDICAL  CAMP  CUM  HEALTH  AWARENESS  PROGRAMME  HELD  AT  JALUKIE

 

            A free medical camp cum health awareness program was organised by the Elite Club, Jalukie town on 29th August 2009. Around 1000 patients from all walks of life were treated and free medicines were distributed. The program was chaired by Bandangienla, Lecturer, GHSS, Jalukie.

            The function started with invocation prayer by Among Mpom, Pastor. A brief history of the club and its aims and objectives were delivered by Hupon, President, Elite Club while Doctor, Mani Micho, SMO, CHC, Jalukie spoke on health awareness on the present incidence of swine flu (H1N1), HIV, AIDS etc. Dr. L. Kuotsu, CMO, Peren also delivered short speech. The CEO of the Club formally declared the health camp open. The Elite Club Jalukie has extended its gratitude and appreciation to the following for the successful conduct of the free medical camp –T.R. Zeliang, Minister, Planning; Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Indian Red Cross Society, Medicines Stockists Dimapur, M.R Union, Dimapur and C.M.O Peren for contribution of medicine; S.M.O Doctors and staff CHC Jalukie, Dr.K. Huirem and staff, Dr. Martha and medical staff of IRB, Saijang, Jalukie Town Council for Midnight Market Shed, seat arrangement and volunteers. The Elite club also expressed gratitude to all well-wishers and public for success of the camp. The leftover medicines were handed over to CHC, Jalukie.

 

                                                                                    (IA, Jalukie)

 

ADVOCACY  CAMPAIGN  ON  HIV  &  AIDS  HELD  AT  DIMAPUR

 

            Nagaland Legislators’ Forum on AIDS, in collaboration with Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS), Network of Naga people living HIV and AIDS (NNP+) and Dimapur Baptist women union conducted on advocacy campaign on HIV and AIDS with a theme ‘Together we can - a response’ at IMC Hall, Dimapur on 28th August 2009.

            Speaking on the theme, local MLA from Dimapur II A/C Imtisunget while expressing concern over wide spread incidence of HIV among the young generation of the state, stated that being an elected member of the state Legislative Assembly, his duty is not only confined for development of the state and to enact laws but it is his moral responsibility to bring better health care system for the general population of the state. He appealed to the state government and the NGOs’ forums like NSACS and NPP+ and civil societies to continue this noble venture to fight against AIDS. He said that though we may not completely eradicate this dreaded disease, together we can fight to prevent the disease. He stated that we can create more platform to eradicate stigma and discrimination against the infected persons.

            Former Leader of Opposition & MLA, I. Imkong while speaking at the function stated that in today’s context of global issues, the challenges that lies ahead of us are global warming, terrorism and AIDS epidemic. He said that though Nagaland is a small state it is recorded that Nagaland is in the high prevalence rate of AIDS epidemic, for which all sections of the society need to come together and fight against this disease. He said we should not allow this disease to wipe out the whole generation of our state. He also said that during the initial formation of this Legislators Forum, the state faced many hurdles due to fund constraints and people’s attitude but our state has realized the importance of this Forum, therefore the Legislators are now donating generously from their funds to fight the spread of the disease. The attitude of the people has also changed as people have realized that if we are not serious enough to fight against this disease, one day the whole generation would be wiped out. He appealed to the young generation of the state, parents, civil societies to come forward and not to feel shy of talking about condom and AIDS to prevent the spread of this disease.

            Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Maongwati Aier who is also the Chairman of the Dimapur District AIDS Control Committee, in his welcome note stated that Nagaland state is being recognized by the world because of high prevalence of AIDS disease among its citizens, which is not something to be proud of. He said that most of the AIDS infected cases are happening due to lack of strong moral will of an individual as this disease is spread through having multiple sex partners and use of intravenous drugs. He said that it is our moral responsibility to fight against this disease. He also said that high prevalence of the disease is occurring between the age group of 16-30 years, which is our future generation. He appealed to the organizers to give more attention towards this age group to prevent the spread of this disease to save our future generation. He stated that there is need for care and support to those infected, without stigma and discrimination.

            DMC Chairman Khekaho Assumi, speaking in the programme said that the main focus of AIDS issue in the state is mainly based in Dimapur district, as the number of infected persons in Dimapur may be more than what the record shows. He appealed to the Government forums such as the Nagaland Legislators Forum on HIV & AIDS, NGOs and civil societies to have proper planning to fight against this disease. He also appealed to the organizers to include DMC in future activities, as a civic body like DMC should be an active partner involved in eradicating such disease.

            State Coordinator (LFA-UNAIDS) Nagaland, Dr. Vinito Chisi, while speaking on the need for advocacy on HIV and AIDS said that ever since the first case of HIV case in Nagaland was detected in 1991, a lot of activities has been initiated in the state to create awareness and to promote enabling environment through NSACS and other partner NGOs. To promote supportive environment through social mobilization and sensitization about the epidemic, NNP+ in collaboration with key stake holders with support from LFA-UNAIDS has been conducting advocacy campaigns involving the concerned MLAs of each constituency as well as active participation from all section of societies and NGOs like student bodies, women Hoho/Mothers Association, church leaders, GBs, Municipal Councils/ Town committees, public/party leaders, Police and media. This advocacy programme envisages a call to create supportive environment for the people living with HIV & AIDS through advocating key issues and building linkages with stake holders at all levels so as to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS, showcasing political response and community participation affecting ownership by the community. 

                                                                                    (SDIO, Dimapur)

 

COMMISSIONER  NAGALAND  CLARIFIES  NEWS  REPORT  ON  ASSAM  NAGALAND  BORDER  ISSUE

 

            The Commissioner, Nagaland & Principal Secretary, Border Affairs, H.K. Khulu has clarified on news item which was published on 28th August issue of ‘The Sentinel’, Guwahati.  The full text of the letter to the Editor, Sentinel News Paper, Guwahati is as follows:

                ‘On the subject referred to above, I would like to draw your kind attention against one of your staff correspondent from Jorhat base who is indulging, time and again, feeding your esteem daily with irresponsible and distorted facts about Assam-Nagaland Border issue for cheap publicity, without even realising the fact that such distorted reporting may lead to serious consequences and spark off serious law and order problem between the two states.

            Your Staff Correspondent from Jorhat in your esteem daily of 28th August, 2009 edition has alleged that the Naga encroachers are all set to establish a new Naga Police camp at Bihoto Basti in Sector-B of the Bordering areas and preparation is also on to create a new sub-division by Nagas in Sarupathar area and the required papers works are being carried out in the department concerned of the Nagaland Government. From what source your staff correspondent has relied his report is a matter for your esteemed daily to make an enquiry, but the fact remain that there is no such village call Bihoto in the entire Sector-B of the Assam, Nagaland border areas, hence, the question of setting up a new police post does not arise and there is no such plan of the Government of Nagaland to set up any new Sub-Division in the so call Sarupathar area. Your staff Correspondent may well explain why he is so interested in one police post of Nagaland whereas Assam has 44 AAP posts set up all along the Assam-Nagaland Border in violation of the Interim Agreements.

            Your Correspondent also accused the Nagas for setting up madrassas and has mentioned three such madrassas at Gelajan, Bidyapur and Dayalpur areas with more than 500 suspected Bangladeshi students taking religious teaching every year and regularly being shifted to various parts of the state for religious purposes. In this regard if the report of your staff Correspondent is correct than perhaps the onus of this state of affairs squarely lies with the Assam Government for setting up such villages for illegal Bangladeshi in the disputed Rengma Reserve Forest areas under Sector-C despite strong objection from the Government of Nagaland. The Nagaland Government is aware of the state of affairs and illegal activities being taking place in Bidyapur areas and the Border Magistrate of Nagaland has pointed out these facts to their counter part Assam and even suggested joint operation against this illegal settlement and trade but it was the district administration of Assam who has opposed such a move. Your Staff Correspondent, instead of accusing the Nagas of any wrong doing, will do well in apprising the Government of Assam to initiate action against this illegal settlement and trades prevailing in Bidyapur area of Sector-C of the disputed border areas, which has resulted on account of the mismanagement of the Assam Forest Department and the Government of Assam.

            Further, your Staff Correspondent has also accused Nagas of violation of the Interim agreement signed in 1985 to maintain status quo. But the fact is that in order to enforce the terms of Interim agreements signed in 1972 a Neutral Force were agreed to be deployed under mutual understanding between the two state Governments. Infact both the two Chief Ministers of Assam and Nagaland as per agreement dated 7/6/1985 in presence of the Governor at Imphal, Manipur, agreed for deployment of BSF as the neutral force under the command of the GOC 8th Mountain Division for the entire disputed border areas of Assam and Nagaland, however, this arrangement could not be materialised as the then Union Home Secretary was of the view that fresh induction of BSF may not be possible and both the state has to rely on whatever force available with them. Thereafter, instead of pursuing a mutually acceptable deployment of Neutral forces in the disputed border areas the Assam Government unilaterally started deployment of its own forces CRPF/AAP all along the disputed border areas with a unilateral Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) wherein the so call neutral force has to take the command from the Thanas (Police Station) and District Administration of Assam only. Your staff Correspondent has mentioned about the Standard Operation Procedure agreed to in 1979.The Nagaland Government has been insisting that the Standard Operation Procedure agreed to in 1979 only should be observed in letter and spirit all along the Assam, Nagaland border. However, the Nagaland Government cannot agree to the unilateral deployment of forces and unilateral SOP issued by the Assam Government in gross violation of the Interim Agreements and in violation of natural justice and fair play. In fact the above SOP was agreed to be reviewed in the Chief Secretary Meeting held at Guwahati on 16/5/2005 and during the Divisional Commissioner level meeting held at Numaligarh on 23/9/2005. However, Assam has failed to honour their agreement and the matter is still yet to be reviewed. Therefore, your staff Correspondent should desist from irresponsible reporting and distortion of fact to gain cheap publicity.

            Your may also be aware of the fact that under the terms of the Interim Agreements of 1972 the Government of Nagaland agreed to allow temporarily the management of all the Reserve Forest to the Assam Forest department and in turn the Assam Government agreed that all the reserve forest shall be maintained as such and no fresh lease or contracts will be entered into by it in respect to all the said Reserve Forest during the continuance of this agreement and the Assam Government shall furnish to the Nagaland Government within ten/fifteen days of this agreement a full and complete list of leases and contracts already entered into in respect of all the said Reserve Forests, which they have failed to provide till date. Further, in dealing with encroachments, the Assam Government agreed to enforce uniform policy irrespective of the area or state to which the encroachers belong and also agreed that the Naga settlement existing on the date of this agreement will not be disturbed.

            Now over the years due to the mismanagement of the Assam Forest department peoples from the Assam side and Nagaland side had settled in this disputed forest areas and subsequently both the Government of Assam and Nagaland has given recognition to this settlement. Therefore, any arbitrary and unilateral action on the part of Assam to evict Naga settlers only from the disputed areas will amount to violation of the aforesaid agreements and will also tantamount to infringement on their rights as citizen of India and their rights to settle anywhere in the country as guaranteed by the Constitution of India.

            You may also be aware of the fact that the Assam Government had file an original suit dated 10/12/1988 in the Supreme Court of India in the matters of encroachment into their territory, but till date notwithstanding the prayer made by the Assam for Interim Injunction/relief on the matter to give full administrative control and other incidental benefit exclusively on the area which falls within the so call constitutional boundary of Assam no interim order whatsoever had been issued by the Hon’ble court as prayed for or otherwise instead the Hon’ble court has appointed a Local Commission to identify the boundaries between the states of Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh for which the hearing is in progress. Therefore, your Correspondent should not decide nor come to such conclusion which portion of the disputed border areas of Assam-Nagaland will fall under whose jurisdiction on the basis of the Topo-sheet prepared by the Survey of India wherein the survey of India has also categorically stated that the boundary shown on the Topo­-sheet in regard to the Inter state boundary between Assam and Nagaland is yet to be verified on the ground. Since the above matter is subjudice in the Supreme Court matter may be left for the court to adjudicate and to the Government of Nagaland and Assam to decide and not left to some cheap correspondent from Jorhat.

            In the light of the above and in the interest of both the states, and the people specifically living in the border areas along the disputed border belt, I would like to request your esteemed daily to kindly restrain your Correspondent from cheap and irresponsible reporting without facts on the Assam-Nagaland border issue as this may lead to serious law and order problem, but rather focus on unbiased reporting in the larger interest of maintaining peace and harmony all along the disputed border areas of Assam-Nagaland and towards an amicable solution of the border problem between the two sister states.’

                                                                                                (DIPR)

 

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