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Centre to offer political package to Nagas by year end

india Updated: Oct 13, 2009 21:04 IST

The Centre is contemplating a broad-based "political package" for Nagas for an "acceptable and honourable settlement" to the decades-old political conflict, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said on Tuesday.

Before finalising the "counter proposals" to the charter of demands submitted by NSCN-IM, the Centre wanted to know the views and opinions of the cross section of Naga society, Pillai told newsmen in Kohima.

Suggestions would be incorporated in the package to be submitted to the Union Cabinet for approval.

Pillai, who is in Kohima on a two-day visit to the state, held a series of discussions with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, government officials and Naga civil society groups.

The home secretary, who has been dealing with northeast affairs for a long time in various capacities, clarified that the counter proposals or the political package is "not conditional" and the Centre is open to holding negotiations on it with the underground groups and Naga civil societies to arrive at a consensus.

The state government, political parties and various Naga NGOs have time and again told the Centre that the permanent settlement to the vexed problem did not lie with a single underground group, he said adding "the solution must be acceptable to all sections of the Naga society."