Committee formed to adopt resolution on FA
STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 21st Dec:
The state assembly Thursday formed a four-member committee to adopt a resolution by the House in pursuance of the demand for disclosure of the contents of Framework Agreement (FA) signed between government of India and NSCN-IM.
Congress MLA Kh Joykisan moved a motion over the non-disclosure of the contents of the agreement. Supporting the motion, 10 Congress MLAs submitted an application to the Speaker appealing to approve the motion for a short duration discussion, which the Speaker upheld.
After the discussion, chief minister N Biren proposed the House to adopt a resolution demanding disclosure of the contents of the agreement. However, the CM proposed to form a committee to look into the matter before adopting the resolution. Later, the committee was formed with deputy chief minister Y Joykumar & MLA P Sarat from the ruling party and MLAs Gaikhangam and K Govindas from the opposition party as members.
Informing the House that his government takes the Framework Agreement seriously, Biren said that he along with chief ministers of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh recently met Union home minister Rajnath Singh and pressed him to disclose the contents of the agreement. However, the union home minister told them he could not disclose the agreement signed between two parties. They then informed the union home minister that the agreement should not affect the integrity and interest of the neighbouring states of Nagaland under any circumstances, the CM informed the House.
He further told the House that apart from an all political party delegation preparing to meet Union government leaders, representatives of different CSOs are currently in Delhi to mount pressure on the union leaders for disclosing the contents of the framework agreement.
Maintaining that everybody knows that the government will not compromise the territory of the state, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam suggested to adopt a resolution to refrain from politicising the Framework Agreement as an issue. Urging the members of the House to have confidence in themselves over the agreement, he suggested all state legislators go to Delhi and resign from their membership if the agreement has any contents that could affect the integrity and interest of the state.
Observing that the Naga issue has been a matter of concern for all sections of the people and as well as the state assembly, NPF MLA Awangbou Newmai expressed his belief that the final solution would be a consensus one that upholds interests of all communities. Prime Minister Modi is a leader, who respects the rights of all the citizens of the country, he said, adding that he believes in Modi for bringing out a permanent solution which is acceptable to all communities. He urged the House to refrain from creating tension among the public over the issue and stated that he welcomes the move to resolve the Naga issue.
Opposition leader and fomer chief minister O Ibobi informed that during the UPA rule, Centre’s interlocutor brought out a tentative road map for resolving the Naga issue by granting legislature power to the Nagas. Intense pressures were exerted to him regarding land and financial autonomy for Nagas. However, he told the interlocutor that the Village Authority Act 1956 is providing sufficient power to the village authorities in terms of protection of culture, language, education and many others. Besides, Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reformation Act 1960 protects the land rights of the people in the hill areas.
Ibobi further said that he also made it clear that he would not compromise the integrity and interest of the state and its people. He even told the interlocutor that he would rather resign from his post if Centre acts otherwise, Ibobi maintained.
Ibobi also proposed the House to adopt a unanimous resolution for pressing the Centre to disclose the contents of the Framework Agreement while expressing apprehension that there might be some clauses in the agreement, which later would pave way for disintegrating the state.
MLA Gaikhangam said that people never had any apprehension over the several accords signed with Centre in the past. However, the Framework Agreement has become a matter of concern for all because of its nature and secrecy maintained by the Centre. It would not be wise to create another problem while trying to solve one, he said and proposed the House for a unanimous resolution over the demand.
MLA Joykisan, while referring to similar resolutions adopted by the House in the past sessions for protecting the integrity of the state, urged the House to adopt a more effective resolution to ensure disclosure of the contents of the framework agreement by the centre at the earliest.
MLAs Subhaschandra, L Radhakishore, P Sarat, Ranjan Sapam, S Rajen, K Govindas, K Ranjit, Md Nasir, Ak Mirabai, Th Lokeshwar and Chaltolien Amo also participated in the discussion.