Negotiating parties urged to ‘rise above all differences’
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has urged upon the people to remain patient and accommodative vis-à-vis a final solution to the protracted Naga political issue.
Speaking after unfurling the national flag to mark India’s 76th Independence Day at Secretariat Plaza here on Monday, Rio also appealed to all political groups to heed to the voice of the people and “rise above all differences” for an immediate solution.
Rio said as Naga people have been expecting early solution that was early inclusive, honourable and acceptable solution, all legislators representing people had come together and stated in clear terms that they were willing to pave way once the solution was achieved.
Rio also claimed that all elected members have been actively facilitating solution by urging the negotiating parties to realise the long-standing dream of the people without any delay.
Rio expressed the hope that the “negotiating” parties would continue their hard work till all issues were resolved. Extending greetings on the occasion of the Independence Day, Rio said India achieved independence after a long struggle. He paid tributes to the freedom fighters who gave their all to free their motherland.
Rio said after the British left India weak and debilitated in 1947, the nation had overcome all the challenges and grown from strength to strength to become a proud, strong and confident nation.
He said the dream of the founding fathers of India will be achieved with determination and hard work by the people of the great nation. He urged upon every citizen of Nagaland to rededicate themselves to continue working for making their State one of the most developed and progressive States in the country.
The chief minister said Nagaland has made good progress along with the rest of the country since 1963 and lauded successive governments for their contributions towards the development of Nagaland. He said the successive governments had redoubled efforts to harness the talents of people by providing them a supportive and a facilitative environment by way of better infrastructure and services. Resultantly, he mentioned that there had been a significant improvement in the lives of people.
Rio also highlighted various progress made by government departments and assured that his government will continue to make efforts so that the fruits of development and progress reached everyone, particularly “the last man in the line”.
He claimed that the State government had been implementing several public welfare schemes for improving the lives of the people of Nagaland in full coordination with the Centre,
He also pointed out the despite severe resource constraints, the government had taken a number of measures to further streamline the fund flow and improve implementation of the schemes.
Rio disclosed that the current food grain production in the State stood at 7,38,260 MT, while the State government had provided support by transferring directly over Rs 315 crore to bank accounts of 2,01,920 farmer families for procuring various agricultural inputs under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.
He mentioned that 16,712 Soil Health Cards had been issued focusing on crop diversification, besides successfully providing critical marketing link in the agriculture value chain to many entrepreneurs, Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) and self-help groups (SHGs) by continuously building “Naturally Nagaland” as a premium organic brand, thus giving them better returns.
Similarly, he listed out the achievements of the Veterinary, Forest, Housing, Health, Social Welfare, Power, Tourism, School and Higher Education departments among others.
The chief minister also inspected the parade accompanied by director general of police (DGP) TJ Longkumer.
Altogether 20 contingents took part in the parade led by Dy. Comdt., 4th NAP Bn. James Sema and second-in-command Asstt. Comdt. 15th IR (NAP) Mahila Bn, Ayangla S. Pongen.
The parade contingents include– 1st Assam Rifles Bn, 78th Bn. CRP, 37th Bn. BSF, 4th NAP Bn, DEF Kohima, 10th IR, 15th IR Mahila, Nagaland Police Rangers (STF), Home Guards, Civil Defence& SDRF; Nagaland Police Central Brass Band & Nagaland Police Auxiliary Brass Band, 24 NL(I) Coy NCC, 1st Naga Girls Bn NCC, Bharat Scouts & Guides, Student Police Cadets (SPC) 4th NAP Regimental School Thizama, 45 AR Pipe Band, T.M. Gvt. Hr Secondary School, Dr. Neilhouzhu Kire Hr Secondary School, Don Bosco Hr Secondary School Kohima, North Field School, Kohima and St. Mary’s Cathedral Hr Secondary School Brass Band.
In the march past under the armed category, the 1st place was won by 15th NAP (IR) Mahila Bn., second place 1st Assam Rifles Bn and third place 10th NAP (IR)Bn.
The first position under unarmed/school category was awarded to Student Police Cadet Regimental School Thizama, second Northfield School Kohima and third 24 NL (I) Coy NCC, Kohima.
Cultural and song presentations were made by students of Government High School, PWD Kohima and Women Resources Department while a choral performance was made by Chakhesang Baptist Church under TaFMA.
Folk dances and traditional songs were performed by Ao Cultural Troupe, Angami Cultural Troupe, Zeliang Cultural Troupe, Sangtam Cultural Troupe, Sumi Cultural Troupe, Yimkhiung Cultural Troupe, Lotha Cultural Troupe and Tikhir Cultural Troupe.