Naga issue to be resolved once and for all: Home Minister

SansadTV Bureau
File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The ongoing Naga peace talks have made good progress and the decade-long insurgency issue will be resolved to the greatest satisfaction of all, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.

Addressing the annual event of the Naga Students Union, Delhi (NSUD) here, Singh said the central government was confident that enduring peace in Naga areas is not far away.

“The initiative to resolve the Naga issue, for once and all, to the greatest satisfaction of Naga people has made good progress in the last two years,” he said.

A ‘Framework Agreement’ was signed on August 3, 2015 by NSCN-IM general secretary T Muivah and the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga talks R N Ravi in the presence of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Home Minister.

The pact settled the political parameters of the final solution.

The signing of the agreement came after over 80 rounds of negotiations that spanned 18 years with the first breakthrough in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed.

The Home Minister said the government is committed to ensure that Naga people have their rightful honour, dignity and pride of place, while blaming the colonial legacy for many of the problems faced by people of the Northeast.

“My dear friends, this city is yours. And it is the duty of the government to help you feel the ownership,” he said.

“In order to make you and other friends from the Northeast feel safe and secure in Delhi, I have created a Special Cell in Delhi Police headed by a Joint Police Commissioner from the Northeast to address your day-to-day security concerns.

“I have a Minister from North-East in the Home Ministry, Kiren Rijiju ji, who can understand your problems and relate with you better,” Singh said.