Nagaland assembly adopts resolution on FMR; asks Centre to reconsider decision

Nagaland Legislative Assembly has unanimously adopted a resolution against the central government’s decision to erect a fence India-Myanmar limit and suspend Free Movement System (FMR) agreement with Myanmar. This resolution reflects the concerns of the Naga people regarding the disruption of historical, social, tribal and economic relations caused by these measures.

resolution highlights

  • Unanimous Approval: The resolution was adopted unanimously through voice vote in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, making Nagaland the second state after Mizoram to oppose the scrapping of the FMR.

  • FMR Suspension Effects: The proposal outlines the adverse effects of suspending the FMR, which allows border residents to travel up to 16 km into each other’s territory without a visa. It entails disruption of daily activities, especially farming, and traditional land-holding systems spanning international borders.
  • Appeal for reconsideration: The Sabha appeals to the Government of India to reconsider its decision and abandon the plan of FMR suspension and border fencing. It emphasizes the importance of preserving the unique historical, social, tribal and economic ties of the Naga people living on both sides of the border.
  • Regulation Consulting: Additionally, the proposal urges the Center to develop rules for cross-border movement in consultation with local residents and involve village council officials in the regulatory process. This approach aims to address the concerns of border communities while ensuring effective border management.

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