News » National

Updated: June 5, 2012 00:47 IST

Chidambaram rules out Frontier Nagaland

Sandeep Joshi
Comment   ·   print   ·   T  T  
P. Chidambaram. File Photo: PTI
PTI P. Chidambaram. File Photo: PTI

Assures CM of help for speedy development of the eastern region

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday reportedly assured Nagaland Chief Minister Nephiu Rio of assistance for the speedy development of Eastern Nagaland, but ruled out creation of a separate State — Frontier Nagaland — out of four border districts as demanded by the Eastern Nagaland People's Organisation (ENPO).

Mr. Rio, who met Mr. Chidambaram on the issue, said the talks were “fruitful,” and they discussed various problems of the north-eastern state. He, however, didn't give details. He was accompanied by his Home Minister Imkong Imchen and Cabinet colleagues.

However, the Nagaland Home Minister later said Mr. Chidambaram was sympathetic to the demand for speedy development of Eastern Nagaland, which has one of the worst growth indicators. Mr. Chidambaram has also supported the idea of creating an autonomous council for the eastern Nagaland district, as proposed by the State government, Mr. Imchen said.

The ENPO has been demanding creation of ‘Frontier Nagaland' out of Mon, Tuensang, Kiphire and Longleng districts. It submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister in 2010, saying only a separate State for six tribes, inhabiting the frontier areas, would result in socio-economic development in the border region.

The Nagaland government has opposed the idea of further division of the State and recommended setting up of an autonomous council and giving maximum possible legislative, financial and administrative powers to the people of the backward eastern region.

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
The Hindu presents the all-new Young World

In the 16th Lok Sabha Election 2014, West Bengal has witnessed some interesting trends. Apart from the debacle of the Left and the ascendance of the Trinamool Congress (AITC), the other somewhat s... »


Tamil Nadu

Andhra Pradesh





Recent Article in National

The new Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag after inspecting the guard of honour at south block, in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Army Chief warns Pakistan on beheading-like incident

On his first day in office, Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag on Friday warned Pakistan that India’s response to any beheading-like inci... »