‘Patil’s visit was only to Kohima’

Dimapur, March 7 (MExN): The Nagaland government today made clear that it is unaware of any arrangement that the President of India would visit Tuensang at any point of time as claimed by certain newspaper reports. The government also made it very clear that it had not notified or made any statement that the President of India would be visiting Tuensang or any other place outside Kohima.
The state administration issued a copy of a letter addressed to DCs today denying there were any arrangements that the President would visit Tuensang. Her visit was only to the capital of the state Kohima and not any other place, the government said. The government has refused to take any responsibility for the unsubstantiated reports in the newspapers that claimed the President would be visiting Tuensang.    
Chief Secretary of Nagaland Lalthara appended the letter addressed to the deputy commissioners of Tuensang, Mon, Longleng and Kiphire.
The state government stated – “I write this letter to you to clarify certain rumors and the resultant misconception about the visit of the President of India to Kohima (Nagaland) on 9th and 10th March, 2011. Vide their letter dated 9 February 2011, the Presidents’ secretariat informed the state government the programme of the Presidents’ visit to Kohima (Nagaland from 9th to 10 March 2011. The programme was initiated and chalked out by the President’s Secretariat and the State was simply informed to chalk out the detailed minute-to-minute programme of her visit to Kohima (Nagaland). There was no mention that the President would like to visit any other place or any village outside Kohima.”
The government also clarified that the President’s visit was also informally discussed during the Cabinet meeting on February 17. It was decided that if the President were willing to visit any other place outside Kohima, the state government would suggest that she visit Tuensang town.
“Immediately, the Home Commissioner contacted the President’s Secretariat on phone to enquire whether the President would like to visit a village, or any other place like Tuensang town.
After sometime, the President’s Secretariat telephoned back to the Home Commissioner saying that the President is not keen to visit any other place outside Kohima due to constraints of time, and also due to the desire of the President to avoid long helicopter journeys.”
Thereafter, the government said, the minute-to-minute programme of the President was set accordingly for Kohima only, and then sent to the President’s Secretariat.
The government also expressed surprise to learn that the Deputy Commissioner of Tuensang had broached the subject of the proposed visit of the President to Tuensang town, during the monthly District Planning &Development Board meeting held in February, allegedly based on certain newspaper reports.
“The Government is not aware from what source the newspaper had emanated and therefore, the government owns no responsibility for such stray and unsubstantiated newspaper reports. The state government had also not given out any statement to effect that the President would be visiting Tuensang or any other place outside Kohima, except the verbal communication, where certain suggestions were made for inclusion of Tuensang town to visit programme, as indicated above.”
The government advised the DCs to keep the people informed about the actual turn of events so to stop rumors and misconceptions.