The predecessor of the government at the Center had kept the Naga negotiations dragging, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is eager to resolve the thorny political issue of Naga (NPI) and has initiated the framework agreement, said the Foreign Minister of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Education Rajkumar Ranjan Singh Tuesday. .
Mr Singh was on a first visit to Nagaland as part of the ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra” initiated by the Prime Minister for the newly appointed union ministers.
“Prime Minister Modi is eager to resolve the Naga issue. After being sworn in as Prime Minister (in 2014), he aimed for an early resolution of the Naga issue and initiated the signing of the framework agreement (in 2015 with the NSCN-IM),” he said.
The prime minister is eager to conclude the agreement with a positive outcome, the union minister said, and hoped the framework agreement IN will bring general peace in the region and in Nagaland in particular.
Mr Singh, who met various sections of people and Naga organizations in the state on Monday in Dimapur and Kohima districts, said they all want a quick solution to the political issue of Naga. “That is their vision and ambition and I will get the message across to the higher authorities in Delhi,” he said.
Singh cited the influx of illegal immigrants, especially from Bangladesh, to the northeastern region as a “very critical issue” since the country’s independence and supporter times.
The influx of illegal immigrants occurs because the indigenous people of the region are not alert and do not care, despite the impact on the political and economic atmosphere of the region. In addition, the international border in the region was porous before the BJP came to power in the Centre, he said.
He stated that the influx is having a major impact on the social demographics of the region and urged people to be vigilant to stop illegal immigration.
On the decision of political parties in the state on an all-party government in Nagaland for a solution to the political issue of Naga, Mr Singh said that in a democratic system, the opposition plays the role of watchdog.
“It is good if all (parties) are together to usher in the development in a fast way, but normally the opposition should remain active to maintain the checks and balances and also serve the interests of the people,” he said. .
He described the ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ initiated by the prime minister as an introductory drive for the newly appointed union ministers and said the Modi government is for good governance.
The Prime Minister has asked the union ministers to go to the states to meet the people and ask their blessings and their opinions in the development process.
Mr Singh said the introduction of MPs from the Northeast into the Union Council of Ministers demonstrates Prime Minister Modi’s special interest in developing it as an ambitious region of the country.
“Modiji has maintained that the country cannot develop without the development and connectivity of the region. He has transformed the landlocked region into a land-locked area,” said Mr Singh.
The Union minister who arrived in Nagaland on Monday met with various religious and minority groups and the general population of the state to build better coordination and trust between the Center and the state.
In connection with the economic development of the region, Mr Singh said that the resident commissioners of all eight NE states in Delhi have been asked to look for ways to connect with foreign countries for direct funding for exploring the natural resources, so that the states benefit from it economically.
The Centre, he said, will activate the Act East policy after the COVID-19 pandemic and if the people in the region are not alert and well-rested, they will not be able to benefit directly from the policy.
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