Panel summons Naga Interlocutor RN Ravi

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New Delhi, Nov 23 : The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has asked Naga interlocutor RN Ravi to appear before it to explain the status of the Naga Framework Agreement that was signed in 2015.

A senior Government official said the panel headed by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram asked Ravi to appear before the panel when it met last week to discuss the “security situation in the North Eastern States of India”.

Ravi and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba have been asked to be present on November 27, an official said.

The Centre recently gave a one-year extension to RN Ravi, Joint Intelligence chief who signed a Framework Agreement on behalf of the Union Government with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) group to end the decades-old Naga insurgency.
Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, all BJP-ruled States that have Naga populations, have refused to part with any land to make the peace deal a success. The Centre is yet to spell out the details of the Naga agreement.

For Naga unity
The NSCN-IM has been fighting for ‘Greater Nagaland’ or Nagalim — it wants to extend Nagaland’s borders by including Naga-dominated areas in neighbouring Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, to unite 1.2 million Nagas.

“The panel met earlier to discuss the security situation in the North East States and the Naga peace deal is a crucial aspect. We have asked Ravi to appear before the panel and tell us the status of the peace deal, if any. It has been three years since it was signed but we have not seen any results,” a Parliamentarian said.

‘Settlement soon’
The Centre and the NSCN-IM had earlier issued a joint statement that they were “closer than ever before to the final settlement and hope to conclude it sooner than later.” In October, for the first time in 20 years, Ravi met all the stakeholders in Dimapur and told the Naga groups that Prime Minister Narendra Modi kept asking him about the progress of the talks and they should not waste time now.


Source: The Sangai Express | The Hindu

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