NVCO: No moral right of State govt to appeal for bandh withdrawal

DIMAPUR, FEB 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/10/2019 11:17:22 AM IST

Extending its full support to the State-wide bandh called by the Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) on Monday, the Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) asserted that the State government had no moral right to appeal to civil society organisations to reconsider the proposed bandh as lone Lok Sabha member from NDDP had voted in favour of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which it said was against the interest of present and future generations of Naga society.

Alleging that the PDA government had been pleasing its master by not opposing the Bill with silly excuses that the Nagas were protected by Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India and Inner Line Regulation (ILR) of the Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873, NVCO president Kezhokhoto Savi questioned the government how it was protecting rights of the indigenous Naga inhabitants under Article 371(A) when so much lands were owned by non-Indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland. 

It asked the government to what extent it had been effectively enforcing BEFR when the non-Nagas and illegal Bangladeshi immigrants had almost controlled the markets in Nagaland.

A statement issued by the organisation’s press and media cell regretted that though the State government had come up with drafts several times, it had never come to a conclusion, which showed its “insincerity and indifference towards the interests of its citizens”. It pointed out that the government was still silent on the people’s demand to apply the ILR to State’s commercial hub Dimapur. 

Pointing out that the Nagaland and Revenue Regulation (Amendment) Act, 1978 had clearly stated that the entire “surface of the earth’s crust within the territory of Nagaland” was to be owned by the indigenous Nagas and not by non-Indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland, NVCO also opposed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Saturday at a public rally that the Bill won’t harm interests of the Northeast, 

It also expressed its gratitude to groups protesting and fighting for the interests of the Northeast. 


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