Nagaland Assembly Unites Against Termination of Free Movement Regime and Border Fencing

Northeast Desk, 1st March: The Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) is poised to adopt a resolution condemning the recent decision by the Centre to scrap the Free Movement Regime (FMR) and install fences along the India-Myanmar border. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio reiterated the state government’s dedication to challenging this move, stressing the necessity for comprehensive consultations with all stakeholders.

During the general discussion on the Budget 2024-25, Chief Minister Rio acknowledged the valid concerns raised by members, especially from eastern Nagaland, regarding the suspension of FMR. He emphasized the importance of protecting the rights of Nagaland’s people and land, pledging to pursue the matter with the Government of India.

Initiating the discussion, NPF Legislator Kuzholuzo (Azo) Neinu vehemently criticized the decision to revoke FMR, deeming it illogical and harmful to the Nagas’ interests. He argued that such actions would only serve to divide communities and disrupt the longstanding connections between the people of India and Myanmar.

Echoing similar sentiments, legislators from various political parties voiced their concerns over the adverse effects of border fencing on the indigenous communities residing along the Indo-Myanmar border. They called for a unified stance against the Centre’s unilateral decision, stressing the importance of dialogue and consultation with the affected stakeholders.

Deputy Chief Minister TR Zeliang underscored the historical and cultural significance of the Indo-Myanmar border for the Naga people, urging the Centre to reconsider its decision. He emphasized the importance of preserving the principles of free movement and facilitating cross-border interactions for the mutual benefit of both nations.

Home and Border Affairs Minister Y Patton shed light on the longstanding tradition of free movement across the border, highlighting its significance in maintaining social, cultural, and economic ties between communities on both sides. He reiterated the state government’s commitment to advocating for the continuation of FMR and seeking appropriate regulations through consultation with the affected populations.

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