News about Nagaland Flag, Passport clarified by Kiren Rijiju – MOS, MHA

There was news about Nagas being granted their own flag and separate passport floating in social media as well as mainstream media for last two days. The news was first broke by Eclectic NorthEast which was later picked up The NorthEast Today on Jun 20, 2016.

Kiren Rijiju Clarifies About Naga Flag, Passport

Kiren Rijiju Clarifies About Naga Flag, Passport

These news appeared citing RH Raising, Kilo Kilonser (Home Minister) of NSCN-IM stated that the Government of India has taken cognizance of the Naga issue and is willing to solve it at the earliest. According to him, Nags have never been an integral part of India nor did they ever sign any agreement with the Government of India to merge with the Indian Union.

It may be mentioned that there was a historic Naga peace accord signed on 3rd August 2015 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, on the 3rd of August in the presence of top NSCN-IM leaders, including its founding leaders Thuingaleng Muivah and Isak Chisi Swu and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and the BJP president Amit Shah.

But the details of the peace accord was not available then, and it is not still available. While we had tried to find out details, but it could not be obtained. So, most probably, this led to such widespread news about government of India granting separate passport and flag for Nagaland prompting Minister Of State, Ministry of Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju to clarify in Twitter.

Our sources mention that, there is possibility of granting Flag as there is a precedence in Jammu and Kashmir, but possibility of granting separate passport is almost impossible. Nagaland is governed under Article 371A which gives rights of land to its natives. Most probably, this peace accord will provide much more power to Nagaland State government.

There is a rumour that this peace accord may be tabled in next Loksabha session. So, there could be some update about Naga Peace Accord 2015.

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