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Akshay Mishra may replace R N Ravi as Naga interlocutor

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Agartala: R N Ravi, the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks since 2014, resigned from the post as Naga groups had refused to hold any discussions with him. However, former Intelligence Bureau special director Akshay Mishra is handling the peace talks “unofficially” which is continuing. The Government of India wants to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

Sources said that Mishra’s name as interlocutor for Naga issue will be made formal very soon through a notification of the Centre. He has already been advising the Centre on the matters of North East since his retirement in June 2021. To make talks smoother and derive quick results, there is an indication that IB chief Aravind Kumar may join as an additional interlocutor.

Ravi’s resignation has been accepted with immediate effect. But other developments came days after Ravi was moved to Tamil Nadu as Governor from being Governor of Nagaland.

Isak Muivah-led National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) had claimed last year that Ravi misinterpreted the 2015 Framework Agreement between the Naga groups and the Centre and tried to manipulate it. So, the group sought his ouster and the Centre obliged it as well.

There was a trust deficit between Ravi and the Naga groups which deepened so much in the last two years that talks had not moved at all. The process has restarted once again. NSCN-IM in August last year said that R N Ravi was creating hurdles in the final settlement of the Naga political issue.

Ravi’s removal on September 9 from Nagaland is being seen as a positive move in the direction of finalising the peace deal, especially when all the members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly have agreed to come together to push for settlement. The biggest and oldest Naga rebel outfits, NSCN-IM had been in peace talks with the Government of India since 1997 and signed a Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was to be the basis for a final deal on the long pending Naga issue.

Though peace talks with NSCN-IM and other pro-talks rebel outfits (Naga National Political Groups-NNPGs) concluded In October, 2019 a formal deal to end the decades old Naga political problem is still awaited.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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