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Posted on Nov 28, 08:55PM | UNI
Chairman of the North East Students' Organisation (NESO) Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya has demanded that there should be Special Constitutional status for the North Eastern Region, which is being neglected by the subsequent Government in the Center.
Addressing the inaugural function of the 5th General Conference of the NESO at Kohima today, Mr Bhattacharya said the people of the NER need to remind the Central Government that there are some other parts of the country beyond Kolkata, which is neglected for decades with limited developmental infrastructure, which has made the development of the region at a snail's pace.
He said the intention of NESO General Conference at Kohima, which is the eastern most town of the country, to make aware the mainland that Kohima is also an integral part of India.
He said, " We want speedy development in the NER along with the other part of the country, for which special constitutional provision is needed. " He also said the union Government should immediately withdraw the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) from the region for the security of the people of the region.
He said the withdrawal of AFSPA is a long standing demand of NESO, but so far the Centre is turning a deaf ear on thje matter.
On the issue of illegal immigrants, he said the NER has become the grazing ground of the illegal immigrants which has already changed the demography of certain places of the region.
He also informed that the NESO is going to take a region-wide agitation to detect and drive out the illegal immigrants' from the entire region.
He said the NESO has already opposed the big dams for hydro-electric power. " We need development and for development power is essential, but we are opposing big dams. We want small dams for hydro-electric power, which will be feasible and safe for the people of the region. " Speaking on the peace process of Nagaland, Mr Bhattacharya said the NESO is always for a good education throughout the region and appeals to the Education Ministers of the region to ensure quality education in every state and to give a special look into the matter.
He also said the NESO always believes in peace and supported the peace process that a negotiable settlement should hammer out at the earliest.