Nagaland Govt Will Go All Out To Facilitate Solution: CM Rio

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday re-affirmed its commitment to go all out to facilitate a solution to the Naga political problem.

Addressing the 4th general convention of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) at its newly constructed office building in Kohima on Tuesday, Rio informed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had recently asked him to visit Delhi, after the ensuing Assembly session is over, to discuss issues regarding the Naga political issue.

Rio said he had been asked to visit Delhi with Assam chief minister and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) chairman Himanta Biswa Sarma, as the latter has been involved in the Naga issue.

Rio said he was hopeful that some honourable solution would take place soon. On the issue of nominations to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), Rio said the cabinet met with ENPO, CNTC and TPO during which the tribal bodies were told that the state cannot get grants for municipal and town councils if ULB elections were held without women reservation and taxation.

He said while the rest of the country followed the Panchayati Raj system, Nagaland has its own rural local bodies in the form of village councils, village development board (VDB).

He said Nagaland was exempted from Panchayati Raj through the 73rd Amendment of the Parliament Act for Rural Administration.

However, he said the 74th Amendment, for urban local bodies, was mandatory for the whole country.

Rio said Nagas wanted to apply rural administration over urban areas because of lack of understanding about the two amendments.

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