Kohima: During the second day of the ongoing state Assembly session on Monday, senior MLAs Imkong L Imchen and Yitachu from the NPF party supported and recommended the up-gradation of Meluri Sub-division under Phek district to that of a district.
Debating on the motion of thanks to the governor’s address, Imchen said that if the state government’s aim for taking every possible step to bring development to the door step of every person has led to the creation of four new districts recently, it is imperative for the government to make Meluri as a full-fledged district so that justice is met.
The senior legislator said that Meluri should have been made a district a very long time ago. He appealed to the state government to consider the landmass, remoteness, and the rich mineral deposits that are available in the Meluri sub-division.
While Tseminyu, Niuland, and Chumoukedima were declared districts in December last year, Shamator district was created in January this year following demands by the people. Imchen is of the view that if justice is to be delivered to the people, it has to be done timely. He also suggested that a state reformation committee be set up to study the creation of new districts.
On Saturday, the Governor of Nagaland had said that although there are other areas of the State from where demands have been received for creation of new Districts, the state government, keeping with its motto of unity, is firm on its decision to not divide any single-tribe district.
Supporting Imchen’s statements, MLA Yitachu, lone legislator from the Pochury Naga tribe predominantly settled in Meluri sub-division, said that although the community is small, the government has to ensure equal developmental growth to its people. He added that the state should live to the expectations of the people and be in a position to march forward.
In response, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that while the state’s government’s policy of not dividing a single-tribe district, the Pochury tribe was “unfortunately left out”. Rio said that Meluri sub-division has a record of 19,202 voters of which 13,466 are from the Pochury tribe and 5,743 are from the Chakhesang tribe.
Although there are few Chakhesang Naga villages under the sub-division, Phek district is predominantly occupied by the Chakhesangs, making them the major tribe in the district.
The CM said that for a tribal state like Nagaland which was formed out of political dialogue and agreement, there will be more justice for the people if delimitation is carried out. He said that delimitation is carried out and the constituencies are re-arranged, justice will be made and the people’s desire and demands will also be met.
With a population of 30,000, Rio is hopeful that justice will be delivered for the tribe if delimitation is rolled out.
Rio, however, requested the community to be patient as he assured that the state government will abide by its principle, expressing hope that justice will be delivered.
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