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Rio for unity among leaders

Chief minister Neiphiu Rio and home minister, Imkong L. Imchen being accorded a traditional welcome during the 3rd state wide Road Show cum Tsungremong Festival in Mokokchung, Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, AUG 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Aug. 2009 12:27 AM IST
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With the ongoing peace, reconciliation and unity efforts among the different Naga underground groups progressing though at a steady pace, state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio has stressed on unity among the overground leaders. He questioned as to how the different underground groups could be united unless overground leaders were united. Speaking as the chief guest during the 3rd state wide Road Show cum Tsungremong Festival at Imkongmeren Sports Complex, Mokokchung on Saturday, Rio reiterated that the DAN government was committed to be an active facilitator in the Naga peace process. Talking about his recent fruitful discourse with the Governor of Maharashtra, Dr. S.C Jamir over the Naga political problem, the chief minister asserted, “Nagas are more united today” and called for people’s cooperation from all walks of life to bring about a speedy solution to the issue. He said that the government of India recognized the Naga political issue and accordingly Nagas should also recognize it in the right spirit and work towards finding a solution. The chief guest also harped on the importance of peace for development and said there would be peace and development if there was oneness among the Nagas. Rio observed that the state has the potential to progress further in all spheres of development but pointed out that the Naga political problem was creating a hindrance to it. The chief minister explained the main objective of the Road Show and informed that the program would be an annual affair in the State to promote Naga culture and tradition and sought support from everyone concerned to make it a distinct feature of the Nagas. He also congratulated all the awardees of the Mayangnokcha Trust Award and encouraged them to do well in future as well. Rio lauded the showcasing of the various cultural items, exhibitions and developmental activities of the government at the road show and expressed happiness over the large turnout of people. He said Mokokchung could become the capital of fashion and music in the right perspective as the youths have been involving themselves and showing interest. He urged upon the youths to decide their chosen fields and work towards achieving their goals. The chief minister also urged the people to imbibe the work culture upheld by the forefathers and preserve their rich cultural heritage with professionalism and progress in various fields. Commenting on the P. Shilu Ao Memorial Park whose foundation stone he laid yesterday, Rio said everybody should take pride in according recognition to past leaders. He solicited the cooperation of all in preserving the memorial park. Further, talking about according recognition to past leaders, the chief minister announced that the Dr. T. Ao Inter –District Football tournament would be promoted to inter-state tournament among the North Eastern states. He said the tournament was likely to take place in the first part of November this year. Earlier, during the day, the chief minister was accorded a warm reception by the Longsa villagers as he entered the venue in a traditional procession. He also took part in the traditional tug of war between men and the women folk. Speaking on the Tsungremmong festival, minister for PHED, Dr. Ngangshi K. Ao said it was a festival of thanksgiving to God and enlightened the gathering on the unique features of the Ao Naga culture. Home Minister Imkong L. Imchen delivered the welcome address. Various awards including the District Excellence Award, Best Farmers Award and the Mayangnokcha Award Trust which were given away by the chief guest, Neiphiu Rio. The program also saw presentation of various cultural items by Aoli Dobashi, GB Union Mokokchung etc, presentation by the Nagaland Police Brass Band, special songs presented by the Abiogenesis, NSACS Naga Idol 3.08, Toshinaro and Naga Idol participants from Mokokchung. Later, the chief minister inaugurated the Health Mela organized by the health & family welfare department at the Indoor Stadium followed by inauguration of the exhibition stalls set up by various departments. Aos contribution State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio said that Aos have contributed a lot to the Naga society and have been pioneers in many fields. Speaking at the Tsungremmong cum state road show programme at Imkongmeren Sports Complex, Mokokchung, Rio said that Aos were one of the leading tribes in Nagaland who have served as an example to the Nagas in many progressive fields. He said the tribe could further lead the Nagas in many areas. According to Rio, the coming of Christianity first to the Aos in Nagaland had paved the way for them being the pioneers in the education field too.The chief minister further said that the Nagas, as a whole had progressed a lot and appreciated the gradual developments taking place in the State. (with inputs from DIPR)

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