Mokokchung, 29 February (MTNews): Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio disclosed today that a resolution concerning the Free Movement Regime (FMR) in Nagaland could potentially be passed during the upcoming session of the 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Friday.

The motion for this resolution gained traction as members of the assembly expressed their firm stance against the construction of border-fencing along the Indo-Myanmar boundary that directly affects Nagaland. Instead, they all advocated for the continuation of the Free Movement Regime in the state.

During discussions initiated under Rule-50 on the third day of the 4th Session of the 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu vehemently opposed the withdrawal of the Free Movement Regime. He asserted that such a move by the central government could have ulterior motives, emphasizing that security and international border issues fall under the purview of the central government. MLA Nienu also highlighted the protective measures provided under Article 371A, urging wise utilization of this constitutional provision.

MLA Nienu called upon the assembly to pass a resolution urging the Government of India to engage with all stakeholders before making any decisions regarding the Free Movement Regime. He also emphasized the need for the central government to address insurgency and drug peddling through stringent laws rather than resorting to border fencing.

Advisor TN Mannen also highlighted how Manipur frontier or Mizoram are different than the Naga. He argued that just because the problem in Manipur border area is confronted with such problem lately due to internal issue, it is not the same situation in other areas. He suggested sending a “Disapproval Resolution of the House” to MHA.

Deputy Chief Minister TR Zeliang echoed similar sentiments, urging the assembly to pass a strong resolution opposing border fencing and conveying the vehement opposition of the people of Nagaland to the central government. He stressed the necessity for a comprehensive approach to border management by the Government of India, cautioning against any unilateral decisions that could divide the Naga people.

Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton reiterated support for passing a resolution, affirming the state government’s unwavering commitment to pursue the matter with the central government.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio further revealed that discussions on the resolution are underway and it may be formally passed during tomorrow’s session. This resolution, once passed, will be presented to the central government as Nagaland’s official stance on the issue of the Free Movement Regime.

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