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Zeliang plea to release dues

Kohima, Aug. 2: Nagaland chief minister T.R. Zeliang today called on Union home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and discussed security-related expenditure.

Zeliang appreciated the minister’s prompt action in releasing around Rs 60 crore and requested him to direct the department concerned to expedite the early release of the pending amount of Rs 236.27 crore. A major component of the pending amount is from Bengal government against the deployment of Nagaland Armed Police (Indian Reserve) battalion of Rs 90 crore.

The pending salary of village guards of Rs 34.57 crore, construction of accommodation for paramilitary forces at Rs 31.42 crore, pending subsidy of state-run helicopter service and pending expenditure for re-deployment of special Nagaland Armed Police personnel to Kashipur in Uttar Pradesh in 1994 and in Delhi in 1995 were brought to the home minister’s notice.

Zeliang also briefed the home minister on the state government’s decision not to re-deploy the IR battalion for Maoist operations in Chhattisgarh. He said the state government would be willing to deploy the jawans to any other state besides Chhattisgarh.

Zeliang said the state government was in the process of raising five IR battalions but was not able to complete the project because of non-availability of resources. He urged the home minister to grant a one-time assistance to clear the dues and to complete the projects. He suggested the ministry might depute an officer to verify the ongoing work in raising IR battalions. The minister assured he would look into the issues.

Activist freed: An anti- “tax” activist who was taken into custody by militants was released this afternoon following protests by his colleagues and other people. The secretary of Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT), an NGO, Solomon L. Awomi, who was taken into custody by the NSCN (Khole-Kitovi) on July 31 for questioning, was released after he was made to sign a paper.


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