Kohima: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has assured to look into the issue of high petroleum prices in the State and try to make them lower than Assam and Manipur.
Addressing the media at the Assembly Secretariat Rio said the State Government was seized of the matter and was reviewing it. He remarked that Assam reduced the fuel prices as the Assembly election was approaching there and termed it as a “populist measure.” He pointed out that petroleum prices were lower in Nagaland than Assam and Manipur all these years.
On the controversy generated over the speech of Governor R N Ravi in his address to Nagaland Legislative Assembly that negotiations between Government of India and Naga groups had concluded, Rio claimed that it was “own statement” of the Governor. He did not deny the speeches of the Governor were generally approved by the Cabinet, Rio said these were Ravi’s “own words and we cannot make any correction.” He recalled that Ravi, who is Centre’s interlocutor for Naga talks, had also announced that negotiations would be concluded on October 31, 2019. Rio admitted that there could be some differences. “However, the Peopkles’ Democratic Alliance Government has no differences with Raj Bhavan over governance and we were functioning well,” he remarked.