Naga solution won’t disturb territorial integrity in N-E: Home Secy


GUWAHATI:  Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Friday  stated categorically that territorial  integrity of none of the Northeastern states would be disturbed  while implementing the ‘framework of agreement’ signed by the Government of India with Naga rebel group NSCN-IM in August, 2015 as a definite step towards finding a solution to the long-drawn Naga peace process.

“I would like to point out that it has been already clarified even at the highest level of the Union Government that territorial integrity of none of the Northeasters states will be disturbed because of the final solution to be reached with Naga group NSCN-IM in the light of the ‘framework of agreement’ signed with them by the Government of India,” Gauba said while talking to the media after he had chaired a security review meeting here on Friday.

There have been apprehensions aired by many quarters in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur which have boundaries with Nagaland, that territorial integrity of these neighbouring states was at stake in the view of the closely guarded ‘framework of agreement’ signed between the Government of India and he NSCN-IM.

The Union Home Secretary  also said that borer fencing work along the India- Bangladesh border said, “The border fencing work is being fast-tracked while in certain areas physical fencing is being supplemented by state-of-the-art electronic devices.”

He said the Ministry of Home Affairs would take up with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways the proposal mooted by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananada Sonowal to build a four-lane highway along the India-Bhutan border for improving bilateral trade