The Eastern Nagaland People's Organisation (ENPO) has rejected a Rs.500-crore development package offered by the Nagaland government in lieu of a separate State demanded by this banner organisation of six tribes inhabiting four eastern districts.

The ENPO said it would stick to its demand for creation of a “Frontier Nagaland,” comprising Tuensang, Mon, Kiphire and Longleng districts, carved out of the State.

“Since all the six tribes passed a resolution on June 12 in Tuensang not to accept any development package or any autonomous or regional council in lieu of a separate State, we did not accept the Rs.500-crore package, for undertaking development projects including Centrally sponsored projects in the four districts, that was offered to us during our meeting with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in Kohima on Friday,” ENPO president Pongom told The Hindu.