Will not divide single tribe districts: Nagaland CM on new district demands

Kohima: Amid demands for the creation of new districts in Nagaland, chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that the state government would not divide single-tribe districts.

Speaking on the occasion of the 73rd Republic day celebration held at the Secretariat plaza in Kohima on Wednesday, Rio said, “There are other demands for the creation of new districts, but we would not like to divide single tribe districts in keeping with the Government’s motto of unity.”

The chief minister’s statement comes after several tribal and civil society organisations across the state demanded the creation of new districts, including the district demand for Aboi and Tobu under Mon district, and Meluri under Phek district.

On January 20, the state government created the newest district of Shamator, about a month after three new districts: Tseminyu, Niuland and Chumoukedima were created on December 20 last year.

In this regard, Rio said the government is ensuring “good governance and bringing it effectively at the doorstep of every person.” 

While good governance has been the endeavour of the present Government, he said that another step was taken towards it by creating four new districts.

The creation of the Tseminyu district fulfils the desire and aspirations of the Rengma people to have a district of their own, he said. Shamator district creation is the culmination of the sincere efforts made by the Yimkhiung and Tikhir Naga tribes in amicably resolving their decades-old disputes and recognising Tikhir as a separate Naga Tribe, Rio added. 

As for the creation of Niuland and Chumoukedima districts, he said it was the need of the times, besides giving the right “historical perspective resolves the matter with regards to the headquarters of the erstwhile Dimapur district.”

As the four new districts celebrated Republic day for the first time, Rio conveyed his best wishes to the people for the rapid and all-round development of the districts.

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