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Nagas should unite as people

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio with dignitaries at the inauguration programme of the upgradation of Suruhuto administrative centre to SDO (Civil), Wednesday.
Published on 29 Jan. 2009 1:31 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio reiterated that the DAN coalition Government was committed to unity and reconciliation among all Nagas adding the commitment as a “bigger policy”. Speaking at the inauguration of SDO (C) Headquarter in Suruhoto, Rio said the Britishers created their empire in India due to disunity among the petty kingdoms. “Our disunity will be to the advantage of our adversaries”, he said and appealed for unity among Nagas as a “people”. He said in the early days, Nagas were free and without control and that the Britishers described them as free people who lived under the banner ‘might is right’. Rio said though much has changed after the advent of Christianity “our future is heading for a ruin” if Nagas remained undisciplined and did not live under established rules. “Freedom is not free to do as you like, you are free within rules and regulations” he said.Rio mentioned about his government’s commitment for the uplift of the people living villages and rural areas. Stressing on the need to avail the privilege of creating a favorable environment through hard work,Rio urged the people of the area to cooperate with the Government agencies. Earlier, Minister for Road & Bridges, G. Kaito expressed appreciation on behalf of the Sumi Legislators and Sumi community to the state chief minister, for heeding to the voice of the Suruhoto people in up-grading the EAC Headquarter to that of SDO (C) Headquarter. MLA & Chairman NHHDC, Shetoyi said Rio was the first chief minister to visit the town since 1994 and was confident the monolith of the upgradationi would stand as a harbinger to many positive developments in the days to come. Parliamentary Secretary for Industries & Commerce, K.C. Nihoshi described Rio as a visionary, a man of development and a courageous leader. The chief minister was accompanied by Minister for Power, Doshehe Y. Sema, Parliamentary Secretary for Geology & Mining, Y. Patton, Additional Commissioner, K.N. Ngullie, Deputy Commissioner, Zunheboto, C.M. Tsanglo, senior police and civil officials.

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