DIMAPUR, Nov 12 – A joint coordination meeting of the DCs of five districts – Sivasagar, Jorhat, Mokokchung, Mon and Longleng – on Assam-Nagaland border issues was held today at the Conference Hall of DC Sivasagar.
According to a report received from Temsu Wathi Ao, District Informatics Officer (NIC) Mokokchung & Coordinator, Border Peace Coordination Committee (Assam-Nagaland), the DCs exchanged their views with the objective of maintaining peace and tranquillity in the border areas. The idea of cultural exchange between the districts was also emphasised by DC Mon.
Some stray incidents of criminal nature and law and order problem which occurred in the past and continue to occur were discussed by the SPs of Jorhat and Sivasagar and Additional SP of Mokokchung. All DCs were of the view that such problems of criminal nature or law and order problems should not be made border issues.
The frequent economic blockades initiated by Assam-based Hill Area Truck Owners Association against Nagaland at the alleged slightest cause were also discussed. It was resolved to address such issues at the administrative level as and when need arises.
DC Mon highlighted the recent Singphan issue where a watchtower constructed by Nagaland was allegedly destroyed by the Sivasagar district administration whereby DC Sivasagar proposed a joint inspection at the earliest.
DC Longleng queried about the present status of an LP School initiated by Nagaland and which was forcefully occupied by the Assam Armed Police during late 2007. This school had hosted two General Elections and one Parliamentary Election in Nagaland. Another point raised by DC Longleng was that in this same locality, the IPPI programme was also covered by Assam without the knowledge of the Longleng district administration.
DC Sivasagar replied that since the matter is in the court, status quo should be maintained till a decision is taken by the court. Regarding IPPI, he suggested an official communication since the matter was never brought to notice earlier.
DC Sivasagar and DC Mokokchung expressed happiness at the regular Border Magistrates level meetings between Sivasagar and Mokokchung districts. Border Magistrate Sector ‘F’ Sivasagar Richand Ahmed informed the house that border meetings are regularly held with the district of Mokokchung and the results of the meetings have been very fruitful.
He requested DC Mon and DC Longleng to also initiate such Border Magistrate level meeting at regular intervals as such meetings would bring more cordial relationship and a sense of brotherhood between the neighbouring districts of Assam and Nagaland.
Jatindra Kumar Lahkar, Deputy Commissioner of Sivasagar thanked the Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung Lithrongla G Chishi for initiating DC level meet at Mokokchung in June this year.