50-point draft proposal for an honourable settlement of Naga issue

By: (T. L. Angami), Founder and 1st President G.B Federation of Nagaland.:    12 Aug. 2013 2:06 AM IST

1. When the Nagas demanded independence from British colonial rule based on traditional rights, the government of India sent armies to Naga Inhabited Area (NIA) and burnt down  homes and hearths into ashes in hundreds of Naga villages, burnt their worship places, killing thousands of innocent lives, chased them into the wilderness from native villages and hundreds of them were starved to death, molested and women folk raped, destroyed their properties and beat them mercilessly without any reason or guilt. For this, the government of India must tender apology to the Nagas as well as the whole world for violation of human rights.

2. Compensation should be paid to Naga political victims including the cost of their properties in each Naga village directly through DC, ADC or SDO civil and not by any other departments of the state government or the same should not be made to deal with by the VIPs. Assessment for compensation for the victims should be conducted in each Naga traditional village level in order to wipe the tears from the face of the Nagas.

3. The land of Naga forefathers measuring 5000 Sq. miles should be returned to Nagas with immediate effect according to 9-point agreement as well as 16-point agreement. If not, the price of the land must be paid to Nagas as land has been presently encroached by the Assam government.

4.    According to the Naga tribal historical background, each Naga tribal original boundaries should be strictly maintained.

5.    Naga customary tradition and laws should be continued in the village and tribal levels and not replace the same by the Indian judiciary system.

6. There must be a Naga customary law court in every Naga tribal headquarters in Naga Inhabited Areas (NIA) and the appellate court will be the commissioner court, High Court and Supreme Court of India. However, whichever cases that have been disposed of through Naga oath should not be reopened.

7.    The Nagas have their own distinct customary law and there is no purchased system of justice. And for which, they need instant decision and the non-Nagas who are permanently living within NIA have to follow Naga customary law and there shall be no other court of law within NIA.

8.    There shall be no tax on Nagas and their properties within NIA by the government of India except the yearly House Tax.

9. There shall be no Indian Taxation Act imposed on Nagas.

10.    There shall be no Indian Forest Act in NIA.

11.    Indian should respect the Nagas and the way of the Naga integration cannot be blocked as per agreement made in 1947 as well as 16-point agreement. Integrity and sovereignty of the Nags are sourced from the Almighty and the same cannot be denied by the government of India. And a Naga tribe has no right to reject another Naga tribe till water flows in the river.

12.    The Nagas are not less than a Nation and for which the government of India should not treat the Nagas as other sections of people living in the countryside.

13.    The settlement of Naga political issue is yet to be finalized. And as such, before any settlement is finalized, the government of India has no right to reject the 9-points agreement which brought between the Nagas and government of India in 1947 for amicable settlement. Why the government of India says ‘Yes’ yesterday and says ‘No’ today towards the Naga political issue? Why India is flip-flopping with the Naga issue today?

14.    The Nagas also have their own brothers and sisters in many countries. And as such, the government of India must honour her own commitments before the Nagas if so desired to live together or to show the way where the Nagas shall go from India.

15.    The Indian election system is never matched with the Nagas, so it should be replaced by selection system of Nagas and also lottery system in rotation can also be applied if qualified candidate is found more than one in any assembly constituency in order to avoid the present corruption system in any election.

16. In order to bring accurate figures about house numbers, the populations and the voters in Nagaland, there must be one day census in Nagaland to ascertain the actual households, population, and voters in Nagaland. And in which, no one shall be allowed to go from one village to another village on that very census day and non-Naga shall not be counted in any Naga villages as house owners.

17.    If any tribal men wishes to establish any new village within their own traditional land, there must be 50 household in a villages after obtaining NOC from four corners for such proposed village. And there is no need to seek government recognition order for those villages which have already been established traditionally except for government recognition of appointed GB for collection of house tax from the villagers to be deposited to the government as a recognized village.

18.    There shall be no interview system in Naga Government in order to stop corruption practice in toto.

19.    The use of common official language of the Nagas shall be English and Nagamese as link language of the Nagas at grassroots level in NIA and Tenyidie is also inevitable one in their homeland especially for the Tenyimis.

20.    Downsizing of ministry Act in India should not affect the Naga government and there shall be cabinet ministers and state ministers system in Nagaland. And as such, the downsizing of ministry of India Act should be revoked specially for Naga government.

21.    Nagas have their own republic day according to history.

22.    The emblem of the Nagas ‘Rainbow Flag’ shall remained and to be continued.

23.    There shall be at least 25 years of interim period especially for defense and currency and if the Nagas can stand on their own feet, they should be allowed to look into their own affairs.

24.    Major industries such as, sugar mill, paper mill, cement factory, iron factory, mineral production etc. and institution such as engineering and other technical and secular and medical colleges etc. must be developed within NIA.

25.    Railway, four-lane road and International Airport in Nagaland and fly-over especially in Kohima and Dimapur (Kuda) cities must be developed on top priority system.

26.    To completely strengthen Article 371 (A) of the Indian Constitution, the land of Nagas should no longer be occupied by non-Naga without the due procedure of law.

27.    Every land acquisition price in Nagaland for any kind of government development must be paid to the landowner by the government of India and not from the state budgetary. And the land of Nagas cannot be sold out to non-Nagas.

28.    Not to disturb Christianity by any other religion within the NIA.

29.    At least one Naga Rifle Battalion in each district level must be set up immediately in Nagaland in order to accommodate the Naga Armies followed by rehabilitation especially for the Naga undergrounds.

30.    One old age home and one destitute home for their upliftment in every district in Nagaland should be set up and maintained by providing them with good condition building, good food and drinking water.

31.    After settlement, the control of anti-social elements should be completely in the hands of the government and the India Army should be withdrawn from NIA.

32.    There shall be no more insurgency/rebel zone in NIA after amicable settlement is finalized between the Nagas and government of India.

33.    To dismiss the present state government and to run the new Naga government with new system as soon as agreed and framed by both sides.

34.    Service should be provided to the tribal members according to population scale in every Naga tribal level.

35.    That EAC post and DSP post shall be appointed directly to the qualified local can.

36.    No other tribal member shall be allowed for appointment in any Government serviced/jobs in any other particular Naga tribal jurisdiction except his/her own tribal member.

37.    Except in collages and university, the village qualified candidate in each Naga village should be appointed as qualified teachers through recommendation by the Village Council in their own respective village education level.

38.    A least, when final settlement comes between the Nagas and government of India, there must be three MPs for Lok Sabha and three MPs for Rajya Sabha. The strength of the state assembly should be increased by another 30 more MLAs to accommodate Naga leaders from various levels.

39.    Creation of more assembly constituencies in Nagaland, every A/C shall have at least 15,000 to 20,000 voters or more.

40.    The new A/C may be added in all big A/C everywhere in Nagaland for example 2-Dimapur-II A/C, 5-Gashpani-I A/C, Northern Angami-II A/C and so on.

41.    No one shall be allowed to contest in any general election within the allotted tribal traditional share either in any A/C or any constituted township except in his/her own tribal traditional jurisdiction except in Kuda city.

42.    There shall be MLA nominee system for Naga women in the Naga Assembly House especially from the major tribes of Nagas like Angami, Ao, Sema, Konyak etc. Eve must be with Adam in every Naga Houses.

43.    The small tribes like Rengmas or Pochurys etc, another one or two A/C should be increased if populations are available.

44.    In every Naga middle tribe, if there is two A/C, it should be increased into four. And if there are four A/C in any tribal level, it should be increased to seven or eight A/C if available of its required population.

45.    For recognition of any tribe, it must be in recognition and consultation with the parent tribe, example tribe, example the present problem of the demand of Tikhiri tribe is to be solved.

46.    In order to bring down the yearly financial position, some departments must be abolished which are not very much important for the Nagas.

47.    Every Naga tribal members have their own cultivable land. And as such, especially Agri. Dept. Horti. Dept, Fishery Dept. Irrigation, R.D. Dept. PHE Dept. Veterinary Dept. etc must be strengthened and to uplift those departments by the Government in order to meet the needs of the farmers and the villagers.

48.    Except the salary for government jobholders which will be sanctioned by the government of India yearly, the other total funds which were usually sanctioned by government of India for the Nagas yearly according to its populations should reached every Naga village authority through DC, ADC or SDO civil in every Naga tribal level. And as such, yearly funds for the Naga populations sanctioned by the GOI shall not be dealt by any VIP as Department share or VIP share.

49.    To strengthen the hands of the Naga Villages Chiefs (GB, Ahng, VCC at grassroots level) in order to keep their respective villagers in peace as they have full authority to sign on behalf of their respective villagers in any amicable settlement and always stand as bridge between the public and the government. And the GBFN shall not be treated as NGOs. Because they are the representative of the government at grassroots level and have full authority to exercise their power within their respective villages. And the village chiefs are also traditionally the parent body of the government at grassroots level. And as such, when the Naga New government comes, the nomenclatures of Goan Burah (GB) should be changed into Village Chief in their appointment letter and they also may be called as Rüna Peyus. And there shall be no Goan Burah (GB) system in any constituted township or city after new Naga government is installed.

50.    There shall be not be so many NGOs within NIA which are not from Naga tradition. However, the Naga Christianity Common Federation (NSSF) and few reasonable NGOs which will be required by Naga government shall work with NCCF and villages chiefs federation of Nagaland in order to check corruption practices within the Naga inhabited areas for equal living. There shall be no caste system in Naga inhabited areas.

Every Naga leaders of the underground or over ground as well as the government of India are saying that the settlement between the Nagas and GOI should be honourable settlement and acceptable to all. And accordingly this 50-point proposal draft is hereby released before the Nagas as well as the government for further debate and for final settlement. No policy should be kept as hidden policy or secret agenda in the way of Naga political common goal.

This 50-point proposal draft is supposed to be discussed with all the Naga National Faction Leaders (NNFL) on May 22, 2013. But 3 (three) factions refused to attend the said meeting and the same meeting was postponed till today though this note of 50-point proposal draft have already been distributed to  all the Naga national factional leaders.

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