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Longon urges Changs to preserve culture

(Left) Chang cultural troupe performing traditional dance. (Right) Minister P Longon and MLA Kejong Chang. (NP)
Correspondent TUENSANG, JUL 30 (NPN):
Published on 31 Jul. 2009 12:52 AM IST
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Despite inclement weather and soggy ground condition, the second edition of the state-wide Road Show, aimed at introducing a government-people interface on development front, got off to a colourful start at Tuensang Thursday coinciding with Naknyulum, the traditional festival of Chang Naga tribe. Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who was supposed to be the chief guest, could not attend the function due to bad weather condition. Speaking at the inaugural function at Tuensang town as chief guest, minister for soil and water conservation P Longon urged the Changs to preserve their rich culture. Longon said state government has organized the road show to coincide with the tribal festivals of Nagaland in order to promote rich culture of the state. He explained that the main purpose of the Road Show was to look into the problems of the people and to let the people know the policies and achievements of the government. The minister said: “without peaceful environment there can be no development” adding that “we must cooperate with each other for the survival of our peaceful life.” Further, Longon said that DAN government was committed for the welfare of the people of Nagaland. He urged the people to cooperate with the government to move the state forward. The minister maintained that DAN government under chief minister Neiphiu Rio was committed to work for development. He donated Rs.50 lakhs to the people of Tuensang for construction and improvement of the road up to Manaki. He pointed out that government was initiating and trying to unite and reconcile various Naga underground groups and bring them into one common platform of the Naga society. The minister appealed to the “national workers” and all Nagas to work for the betterment of the society. Also, speaking as guest of honor, MLA and advisor village guards organisation, DBs and GBs affairs Kejong Chang exhorted the gathering and urged them to preserve their culture. He advocated that Naknyulum festival should be a land mark in the history of the Naga society. The MLA also lauded the people of Tuensang for extending their cooperation towards this end. In his key note address state additional chief secretary and development commissioner Alemtemshi Jamir said that main purpose of the road show was to highlight the activities of the government at the same time to understand the people’s problems. He also urged for more ‘inclusive planning’ by the private sector for the common benefit of the people. Many other dignitaries also attended the celebration.

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