Changs demand separate ‘administrative umbrella’
Dimapur, Sep. 9 (EMN): Elected representatives of the Chang Nagas, and leaders of the Confederation of Chang Students’ Union (CCSU), have asked the state government for an exclusive ‘administrative umbrella’ for the Chang people.
According to a press release from the chief minister’s office on Saturday, “a delegation of Chang legislators and Confederation of Chang Students’ Union expressing the desire of the Chang tribe to live together under one administrative umbrella, today appealed that the state government include all the six Chang villages under Tuensang district administration, presently under Noklak sub-division.”
According to the statement, ‘there was no land dispute or tribal issue in regard to the issue.’ It reported the delegation as asserting that “various tribal leaders had lend (sic) their voice (sic) to the proposed initiative which was being pursued for administrative convenience. and not for any electoral purpose.”
The CMO statement also reported Zeliang as assuring the delegation that he would “take up the matter with the concerned department (sic), Chang legislators namely: Kejong Chang, Minister for Horticulture and DB and GB; CM Chang, Adviser for Planning and Coordination, and Toyang C Chang, Parl. Secy. for NRE and F and ES.
Sumi Hoho green signal
It also claimed that the Sumi Hoho – represented by three of its officials – has ‘extended support and cooperation’ to the present government.
After extending said “support”, the Sumi Hoho delegation also urged Zeliang to upgrade ‘the oldest Polytechnic in Nagaland, Khelhoshe Polytechnic Atoizu (KPA) to a degree college while also appealing for infrastructure development and compensation to land owners,’ it informed. s
Guest house for Myanmar Nagas
“Seeking the help of the state government for setting-up a guest house for the Nagas of Myanmar in Dimapur which would act as a centre of correspondence for the Nagas of India and Myanmar, the Naga Public Organisation, Myanmar (NPO) led by its deputy chairman, U Nure Sosa and deputy secretary general, Y Khomong today sought the intervention of the chief minister on the matter.
“The chief minister while assuring to render all possible help said that the issue would be taken up with the state home department for further necessary action.” the CMO statement informed.