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Farewell to Governor

Outgoing Nagaland Governor K. Sankaranarayanan (2nd from left) and his lady wife Mrs Radha along with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and his lady wife Kaisa Rio at the State Banquet Hall on Thursday evening during the official farewell function organised by the State Government. (Picture CMO)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Jul. 2009 12:25 AM IST
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Outgoing Governor Mr K.Sankaranarayanan was given a rousing farewell send off at a function held in the Durbal Hall of the Raj Bahavan Friday where the entire DAN ministry led by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio,senior civil, police and defence officers including NGOs were present. Earlier, at a farewell dinner Friday night, hosted at the State Banquet Hall in honour of the outgoing Governor Mr K. Sankaranarayanan, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio showered praises on the Governor for being down to earth and accessible to all sections of people. The chief minister also recalled various contributions made by the Governor towards the welfare of the people in the NEC. NEZCC,Rajya Sainik Board, Bharat Scouts and Guides, IRCS and instituting awards for NBSE toppers. Rio also said Mr Sankaranarayanan proved his mettle as an able and just administrator during the short stint of President’s rule in the state during 2008. The chief minister, in an emotive tone, also requested Mr Sankaranarayanan to forgive any shortcoming of the people but carry with him fond memories of his tenure in Nagaland and also to be an ambassador of the Nagas in whatever capacity particularly over the Naga political issue with the Centre. Reciprocating the chief minister’s praises showered on him, the outgoing Governor Mr Sankaranarayanan said when he came to Nagaland two and half years back, he decided to serve people within his capacity and believed that any problem should be solved through love. He also encouraged chief minister Neiphiu Rio not to be rattled by criticisms as it was part and parcel of any chief minister adding absence of criticism meant one was useless. Mr Sankaranarayanan said his reading of politics in the state led him to firmly believe that chief minister Neiphiu Rio would complete his term as chief minister, unlike Jharkhand state which has nine chief ministers in ten years. He also said that having come into contact with many leaders of the state, Mr Sankaranarayanan said Rio was “shrewd” though having to pull many bogies, like an express train. Sankaranarayanan made a special request to the people “without party politics”, to support chief minister Neiphiu Rio as he “is the leader for peace”. Sankaranarayanan concluded that he and his wife were happy in Nagaland and would “be going away from a place like Heaven.” Interacting with media persons at the Raj Bhavan before his departure for Dimapur Friday afternoon, Sankaranarayanan said he had all through worked for the development of the state from the very first day of his swearing in as Governor of Nagaland on February 3, 2007 till the last day. The governor underlined the need to have good road connectivity from one end to the other while asserting that state had enormous facilities for development. He remarked that though there was little scope for large scale industry in Nagaland, small scale and village industry could be spread and promote both public and private sector to provide employment avenues for the youth of the state. Mooting the need to go for generation of more power for development, the governor also suggested state could go for Thermal Plant as well as small and micro hydro electric project, adding these required preparation of a roadmap. On the other hand, the designate governor of Jharkhand further said that Nagaland could be the hub of education in the Northeast if properly developed.

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