A Parliamentary panel on Home Affairs, has urged the Centre to conclude the Naga peace Accord. It has also advocated to formulate a rehabilitation-cum-settlement scheme for the cadres of National Socialist Council of Nagaland Isak-Muivah (NSC-IM).
The NSCN-IM is an insurgent group of Nagas, operating in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh. Its objective is to establish Greater Nagaland (Nagalim) consisting of all Naga inhabited areas in Northeast India and it has spearheaded a rebellion for the same.
The Naga Peace Accord was signed between the Government of India and the Naga armed groups headed by the NSCN-IM in 2015. The accord seeks to end the Naga insurgency.
The parliamentary panel has also raised concerns over Assam government’s decision over the continuance of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in the state. This is in contrary to the government’s claim that the security situation in Assam has improved.
AFSPA gives armed forces the power to maintain public order in “disturbed areas”. An area is considered to be disturbed when there are disputes between religious, racial, language, regional groups, castes or communities and necessitates the use of armed forces to maintain law and order.