Bringing permanent peace to Nagaland and pushing for a final deal with Naga insurgent groups to resolve the decades-old conflict will be the top priority of Nikhil Kumar, the newly-appointed governor of the militancy-hit state.

Kumar, a former Delhi Police Commissioner, said he is “excited” about the new assignment and would do “everything possible” in his capacity to create a conducive environment for resolving the vexed issue and bring permanent peace to the “beautiful state.

“I met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after my appointment and he told me that the Centre puts a very high priority to bring peace to Nagaland,” Kumar told PTI here.

He will take over from Manipur Governor Gurbachan Jagat who is holding additional charge of Nagaland.

“To finalise the peace deal (with the NSCN) will be my top priority,” he said, adding the Centre has given him the assignment taking into consideration his “experience“.

Asked what will be his approach in pushing the peace talks with dominant Naga group NSCN-IM, Kumar said he would first like to educate himself about the problem.