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Naga Scholar’s Association meets central Ministers

DIMAPUR, JUNE 6 (MExN): The Naga Scholar’s Association (NSA) held interactions with Prakash Javadekar, the union Minister of Human Resources Development (HRD) and Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Water Resources on June 5 in New Delhi.

The meetings were arranged and attended by the Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya.

According to a press note from the NSA, during the interactions, the Governor expressed his concerns over some of the challenging issues in the state. However, his main concern was focused on the political settlement between Government of India and the Naga political negotiators.

HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar while fondly remembering his last visit to Doyang Hydro, Wokha, Nagaland, as Environmental Minister expressed the untapped potential in the state. He pointed out that the centre has a huge responsibility towards the state to harness the potential. The Minister also pointed out his concern towards the Naga political settlement.

Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport, meanwhile expressed his concerns of developing the North East states. He was also concerned about the long delayed Naga peace settlement.

Both the ministers expressed their concerns and reportedly assured to extend their support for a peaceful settlement of the Naga political issue.

Dr Zuchamo Yanthan, president of NSA also expressed that the Naga political issue has affected the lives of all the Nagas. But today, the Nagas see another great opportunity for realizing their long cherished dream coming to a final settlement, he stated, and requested the Ministers for their support towards a peaceful settlement.

Earlier during the meeting with the Governor, the NSA members presented the Governor with several books written on Nagas by different NSA members and a journal. While acknowledging the invitation of the Governor, Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan, President of NSA, highlighted the objectives of NSA and its activities.

He pointed out that the main objectives of the NSA are to create an academic platform to nurture and groom young scholars, build their confidence and lead them as critical thinkers in society.

The Governor acknowledged the positive response of the NSA to the invitation. He reiterated that he came to know about NSA through the local media and therefore he had been longing for such an occasion to interact with NSA members.

During the interaction, the Governor touched upon various important issues on the state of affairs in Nagaland. Some of the concerns intimated included rampant corruption, lack of consciousness of the ethics of law and order, poor condition of government schools where 68% of government school teachers in Nagaland are proxy teachers, and the pathetic condition of roads where 8 km road took him one hour to reach his destination.

He pointed out that the NSA as academic community, apart from working on academic excellence, should raise voice against such ill-practices and pathetic conditions that is prevalent in Naga society. He also appealed the scholars to carry out research on the various socio-economic problems in Nagaland and try to come up with remedial measures for solution of the problems.

The NSA meanwhile requested the Governor for a room for NSA office in the new Nagaland House in RK Puram, to which the Governor responded that he would look into the matter.

The members of the NSUD and Nagaland Armed Police (NAP) also participated in the interaction. The interaction was followed by dinner offered by the Governor.

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