Against Indo-Myanmar border fencing , Nagaland adopts resolution

Against Indo-Myanmar border fencing , Nagaland adopts resolution

Kohima: The Nagaland Assembly on Friday passed a resolution urging the Center to reconsider its decision to fence the Indo-Myanmar border and end the Free Movement Regime (FMR) with the neighboring country.
The Assembly also decided to appeal to the Central Government to make regulations for cross-border movement of people in consultation with the people living in the border areas and for suitably bringing in the village council authorities concerned in the entire system of regulations.
The Center earlier this month scrapped the FMR, which allows people living near the India-Myanmar border to travel up to 16 km into each other’s territory without a visa.
The 1,643-km stretch of Indo-Myanmar border stretches across four northeastern states – Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland.
The resolution said the Centre’s decision to suspend the FMR and fence the Indo-Myanmar border would affect the age-old historical, social, tribal and economic ties of the Naga people living on both sides of the international border.
It also said that these measures would cause a lot of inconvenience to the Naga people living in the border areas as many people in Nagaland own agricultural land across the border.
The resolution moved by Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton was unanimously approved in the House.
Various other Naga civil societies, tribal organisations, Naga political groups and the Chief Angh (King) of Longwa village in Mon district have also objected to the Centre’s decision.

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