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Protected Area Regime relaxed in Nagaland till 2022

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 13 (MExN): Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton today stated that the entire area of the state of Nagaland has been excluded from the Protected Area Regime notified under the Foreigners (Protected Areas) order 1958, initially for a period of one year with effect from January 1, 2011 which has been extended from time to time.  He informed this during the NLA session at the floor of the house on February 13.  He said that relaxation has been extended till December 31, 2022 on condition such as Government of India can withdraw relaxation for security concern, citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan and foreign nationals need approval from the Ministry before they visit the state of Nagaland and foreigners visiting the state will have to register with Foreigners Registration Officers of the state/districts.  He further informed that there are 11 Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs) in Nagaland. They include the Commissioner of Police Dimapur, and the Superintendents of Police in Kohima, Mokokchung, Wokha, Phek, Peren, Zunheboto, Mon, Tuensang, Longleng and Kiphire.  MLA Imkong L Imchen meanwhile raising a supplementary question on the topic, stated that further deliberation is required on this. Leader of the House and Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio agreed to the proposition. 

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