Kaito to meet Shinde on State situation in Delhi
DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 23
HOME Minister for Nagaland G Kaito Aye is expected to meet with Union Minister for Home Affairs Sushilkumar Shinde in the next few days and discuss ‘the situation,’ suggested to be the ‘factional violence’ and associated administrative and policing concerns in Nagaland. Aye is currently in New Delhi attending the 16th meeting of the National Integration Council which was held today in the country’s capital. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh and Home Affairs Minister Sushilkumar Shinde addressed the National Integration Council prior to a resolution condemning “violence in any form.”
Eastern Mirror interacted with the Nagaland minister on the sidelines of the Delhi meeting. The state’s Home minister said September 23, Monday night that he would be seeking an appointment with Shinde on either Tuesday or Wednesday. He was not able to meet with any central government leaders as yet. Nonetheless, he would be seeking an appointment to meet with the minister for Home Affairs and discuss ‘certain issues’ before returning to Nagaland, Aye assured. Queried what agenda he would be taking to Shinde, he did not divulge any information but hinted the matter would be ‘the situation’ in the state.
Queried on ‘the situation’ in Nagaland, Minister G Kaito Aye admitted that the Government of Nagaland has “not much control” over the events in the state arising out of the factional upheavals.
A surge in factional violence between armed members of the various NSCNs groups in civilian-populated areas – particularly in proper Kohima and Dimapur itself – continues to alarm the civil population. Aye was not specific on the matters he would discuss with Sushilkumar Shinde but assured to update the Media once he lands an appointment with the Home Affairs minister.
Aye said that the government of Nagaland is “trying to prevent factional fights” but there isn’t much it can do. According to him, the current interpretation of what is a ‘law and order’ and what the ‘political issue’ is, viz-a-viz public safety, continues to confound the possible actions the state’s government should or ought not to take, to protect the lives and properties of the state’s citizens.
“We are trying our best to prevent factional fights but we don’t have much control over the underground factions as they have entered into ceasefire agreement (with the government of India). But at least we will not allow violence to happen in the public areas,” Aye told Eastern Mirror. He mentioned that the present ceasefire monitoring mechanism and the Ministry of Home Affairs have also been “issuing press releases” in this regard.
“We don’t have much control over the factions who are under the ceasefire with the government of India but we will try our best to prevent factional fights in the civilian areas,” he said. He was also queried about what the state’s role and responsibility would be when the issue of civilian wellbeing entered the picture. He simply said to ‘update’ after his return from Delhi.