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Will oppose citizenship bill if it is against interests of Nagas: Rio

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio Wednesday said the state cabinet has decided that it will oppose the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, if it is against the interest of the Nagas, a PTI report stated.
He told PTI that the issue was discussed at length during the cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The cabinet was of the view that Nagaland is protected under Article 371(A) of the Constitution and ILP Regulations. However, if the proposed amendment goes against the interests of Nagas, the state government will go against such amendments, it stated.
 
IG Stadium: According to DIPR, the cabinet has also decided to revoke the renaming of Indira Gandhi Stadium to Dr. T. Ao Stadium after discussing and reviewing its earlier decision dated March 8, 2018.
 
NIDA: The cabinet also discussed its April 16, 2018 decision on the constitution of Nagaland Investment and Development Authority (NIDA) and approved the change in nomenclature to Investment and Development Authority Nagaland  to avoid confusion with similar sounding acronym.
 
Royalty issue: It was also decided to constitute a committee to study the issues relating to royalty collection on minor minerals between Forest department and Geology & Mining department and amendment thereof. The six-member committee would comprise of principal secretary Municipal Affairs & Development Commissioner, Sentiyanger Imchen as chairman; principal secretary Environment, Forest and Climate Change, commissioner & secretary G&, PCCF, director G&M and secretary Law & Justice department as members.
 
Women reservation: Meanwhile, the Advocate General of Nagaland apprised the cabinet on various matters of importance pending before the Supreme Court and the High Court. The cabinet accordingly decided to constitute a ministerial committee to examine the Women Reservation issue and hold discussions with the tribal hohos and all other stakeholders. The committee would consist of minister-- G. Kaito Aye as convener and ministers-- CM Chang, Neiba Kronu, P. Paiwang Konyak, Jacob Zhimomi, and advisor Mmhonlumo Kikon as members.
 
JLF: As a follow up to political affairs committee’s May 11 meeting with tribal hohos, the cabinet secretary has been directed to write to the State Assembly for revival/reconstitution of the Joint Legislators’ Forum in order to strengthen the efforts being made towards the peace process. 
 
Statehood Day: It was also decided that while Statehood Day will be celebrated on December 1 at the Secretariat Plaza, the inauguration of the Hornbill Festival would be held in the afternoon of December 1. 
Mini Hornbill: The cabinet has decided to include Garo, Kachari and Kuki communities for the Mini Hornbill. Naga Council Dimapur has been tasked to organise a common function of all tribes in consultation with the DC and tribal bodies. The cabinet reaffirmed its April 16, 2018 decision that Mini Hornbill festivals will be held in the districts.

~NagalandPost

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