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NSCN-IM members at the check gate of Camp Hebron in Dimapur, Nagaland
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Nagaland govt circulars create panic among masses over peace talks

While one order urges employees not to make any statements criticising govt policies & actions, another asks all dist admin officials to remain at respective places of posting till further orders

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Kohima: Amid ongoing uncertainties over the Naga peace talks, speculations are rife among the masses following back-to-back ‘gag’ orders issued by the state government on Monday.

While the state government has asked its employees not to make any statements or views/opinions in the press, social media, public meetings, etc, criticising its policies and actions in a new order, it has also asked all deputy commissioners, additional deputy commissioners, sub-divisional officers and extra-assistant commissioners to remain at their respective places of posting and within their jurisdiction till further orders, as per another wireless telephony (WT) message.

An order issued by principal secretary (home) of the Nagaland government on Monday
An order issued by principal secretary (home) of the Nagaland government on Monday
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State principal secretary (Home), Abhijit Sinha in an order (bearing No.HC/ CORRP/ 2017-18, dated October 21, 2019) directed all state government servants to take note and not indulge in any act which may be constructed as violation of Rule 22 of the Nagaland Government Servants Conduct Rules, 1968.

“It has come to notice that some government servants have been found criticising policies and actions of the government by expressing their views/opinions or by making statements in the press, social media and in public meetings,” the order said.

The order directed all government servants to take note and not indulge in any act which may be construed as violation of such rules, thereby making him/her liable for disciplinary action.

Message issued by deputy secretary, chief secretary’s office, Nagaland
Message issued by deputy secretary, chief secretary’s office, Nagaland
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Meanwhile, in a significant development on October 21, 2019, C Khanyang Imlong, deputy secretary, chief secretary’s office, government of Nagaland has asked all deputy commissioners, additional deputy commissioners, sub-divisional officers and extra-assistant commissioners to remain at their respective places of posting and within their jurisdiction till further orders.

“It is further directed that in case of extreme emergency, the written permission of the chief secretary be obtained before leaving station,” the WT message said, adding: “In case of officers who are already on leave, not on medical/maternity leave should be recalled.”

Meanwhile, regretting that some NSCN-IM leaders through various platforms are misleading people with absurd assumptions and presumptions over what they have already agreed with the government of India, RN Ravi -- the interlocutor for Naga peace talks who is also the governor of Nagaland -- said that endless negotiations under the shadow of guns is not acceptable and that the government of India is determined to conclude the peace process without delay.

Ravi announced this following his meeting with primary stakeholders, church leaders and civil societies on Friday evening.

Meanwhile, sources in the Union home ministry have already said that the government of India has set a deadline of October 31 to conclude the process of talks with the Naga rebel groups. The Centre has also made it clear that the demand of separate flag and constitution would not be accepted.