Nagaland government continues to facilitate peace process: Governor

Kohima, March 15 (IANS) The Nagaland government will continue to take active part in facilitating the peace process among the various stakeholders, Governor P.B. Acharya said on Tuesday.

Addressing members of the legislative assembly on the first day of the budget session, the governor appealed to all sections of the society to be “large-hearted” and supportive of the peace process for the sake of the future generations.

Acharya said the abrogation of the ceasefire by the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) in March 2015 has caused much anxiety among the people, and the state government along with the civil society has been appealing to the central government and NSCN-K to resume the ceasefire.

The governor informed the assembly that a consultation process among the various stakeholders was also going on, following the signing of the framework agreement by the government of India and the NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015.

On the unfortunate murder of an innocent couple near Shamator on February 6 which led to problems in Kiphire, Pungro and Shamator areas, Acharya said the situation has been brought under control.

Stating that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a deputy inspector general of police has been set up, he appealed to the people to cooperate with the SIT in apprehending the culprits.

He said the safety of the minority community in any area should be the prime concern of the majority community, and the tendency to take revenge must be avoided and the law be allowed to take its own course.

He said a 240-strong State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) was launched on Republic Day.

The SDRF personnel will be deployed at eight strategic district headquarters, with the objective to respond quickly to natural calamities across the state, he added.

Video conferencing facility with all district courts and district jails has been installed and the Kohima bench of the Gauhati High Court has been provided with Wi-Fi connectivity.

Acharya announced that financial assistance to World War II veterans has been enhanced from Rs.3,000 to Rs.6,000 per month with effect from 2015-16.

He said the power department completed and commissioned the one MW Tehok mini hydro electric project on January 29 in Chen in Mon district.

The new and renewable energy department also commissioned the Mayemong hydro-electric project in May 2015, which was supplying power to Choklangan and Wui villages in Noklak sub-division, he added.

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