14 Oct : In an attempt to give a fresh impetus to the peace process in Nagaland, the Centre has started consultation with Naga insurgent groups and taking views from them and other stake holders on the proposed special package being prepared by it.
A high-level Central delegation, led by Home Secretary G K Pillai, is currently on a two-day visit to Nagaland and discussing various issues with all concerned for bringing a permanent solution to the six-decade-old insurgency problem.
Union Home Ministry officials said the Centre was trying to bring all underground and tribal groups of Nagaland under a single roof and hammer out a new political and economic solution acceptable to all.
The package, which is likely to be ready and placed before the Naga groups by November, includes financial largesses, greater devolution of powers, special steps for the protection of Naga culture and heritage besides others.
The government will offer the package only after getting full assurance from militant groups like NSCN-IM, NSCN-K and other organisations such as Naga Hoho of coming under a single platform and showing readiness for negotiation.
The ceasefire between the NSCN-IM and the Centre completed 11 years and during this period, over 50 rounds of talks were held for finding an acceptable and honourable solution to the Naga conflict.