Protracted Naga issue requires solution for peace & progress: Rio

Kohima | May 27 : Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today reiterated that real progress and development can take place only if there is real peace, unity and understanding and that this is possible once the Naga political issue is solved. Elaborating further, he said once the Naga issue is solved, investors from outside will flock to our land and only then will we see rapid progress and development taking place. Inaugurating the Thizama (Chüziema) Village Council Hall today, the Chief Minister lamented that the pace of development is not satisfactory due to the protracted Naga issue even as the cry for peace among the Nagas has been strong. He further reiterated that the top priority of the DAN Government is to bring peace to the Nagas.
Further, stressing on the need for Nagas to recognize ourselves when others have come to recognize Nagas as a unique and distinct people and even the Government of India granting special recognition through Article 371(a), he said Nagas continue to suffer because we fail to recognize ourselves. The granting of the special provision (land and its resources) under Article 371 (a) is the greatest recognition accorded to the Nagas; he said explaining that this provision recognizes Nagas as a special and unique people with a unique history.
Rio also reiterated his call to the different underground groups to come together in the common interest of the Nagas, asserting that unless they all come together, there cannot be real peace. Reasserting that the DAN Government stands committed to its motto: ‘Peace for development and development for peace’, he said the government wants everybody to progress and prosper. Development does not mean only construction of roads, houses or community halls, but it also includes human resource development, he said adding the government is doing its best to build human resource development among its people.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by MLA and Deputy Chairman of the state Planning Board, Neiba Kronu. Others who spoke during the programme included the President of the Northern Angami Public Organisation and the Chairman of the Kohima Village Council.