A Multi-Disciplinary Committee (MDC) was constituted by the Centre on 12 June 2019 to look into the developmental aspects and issues of the Eastern parts of Nagaland, consisting of 4 districts with 6 major tribes.
After the formation, the committee is on its first visit to Eastern Nagaland to look into the developmental issues and special needs of the districts.
The MDC who arrived on August 9, on Tuesday, visited various areas in the four districts. The MDC team was divided into two teams, one team led by Dr.AP.Maheshwari, Chairman & Special Secretary (Internal Security) MHA visited Mon and Kiphire districts, another team led by Joint Secretary DONER, Rambir Singh, visited Tuensang & Longleng districts.
The maiden visit of the MDC for spot verification and the formation of the MDC itself has aired concerns from the Eastern Naga People Organisation. It may be mentioned that the ENPO has been demanding for a separate Statehood “Frontier Nagaland”, and talks have been held in the bureaucracy level for the last 8 years.
The recent invitation by the MHA to the ENPO for talks on August 13, had concluded with the assurance by the MHA to the delegation to hold talks at the political level after August 15, however, there has been no dates fixed.
The MDC after touring the districts held a closed-door meeting with Eastern Naga People Organisation, Eastern Naga Student’s Federation and Eastern Naga Women Organisation here at Hotel De Oriental, Kohima.
According to the ENPO, the meeting was inconclusive and when the Organisations sought clarification from the MDC on whether the formation of the committee and its visit is in line with the Statehood demand and the memorandum submitted, the MDC failed to come with a clarity stating it as not the right platform to ask the question.
The ENPO has made their stand clear that their demand and memorandum clearly specifies regarding separate Statehood and nothing else. Kekongchim Yimchünger, President ENPO said, “We will not accept any development packages if it is in line with the Statehood demand but if it not then they will have to give us a written assurance that it is not in line with the Statehood demand and the memorandum submitted”.
The MDC also held meetings with all the Developmental Departments in which the respective departments presented reports on the developmental projects in Eastern Nagaland. On 11 September, the MDC will hold series of meetings with all the Developmental departments and Eastern Nagaland Legislators at the State Capital
Updated by: News Sources 2019-09-11 3:34 PM