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Rio says road shows will continue

Tokh Emong Chief Guest Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio being dressed up in a traditional Kyong Loth attire. (NP)
Correspondent WOKHA, NOV 7 (NPN):
Published on 8 Nov. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio on Saturday affirmed that the Road Show would continue even in the years to come as it had evoked tremendous response from the local populace of various districts and benefited them a lot. Rio’s statement comes even as the NPCC has recently demanded explanation from the State government with regard to the ongoing state wide road shows alleging that this has been incurred by spending crores of rupees from the State’s exchequer. Gracing the Tokhu Emong festival cum Road Show at Local ground Wokha town as the chief guest, Rio that the purpose of holding state road shows coinciding with tribal festivals was to promote and preserve Naga culture and traditions. With festivals of one tribe or the other coming up every other interval in the state, Rio said the DAN government had already declared the state as ‘Land of Festivals’. Rio said that that the winners of each district during road shows would represent their districts at the annual Hornbill festival from December 1 to 7 at Kisama. Rio claimed that the Hornbill festival has now become an international festival and added that countries like Korea, Japan and Thailand would be taking part in the Hornbuill festival this year. Rio inaugurated the exhibition stalls of various government departments (24) and SHGs (19) before taking part in the catapult shooting competition for Tokhü guests along with his cabinet colleagues. Assam’s Golaghat district deputy commissioner H. M. Baruah who was the guest of honour urged the Kyong community to maintain a healthy blend of modernity and tradition as the absence of either would render the people rootless. Parliamentary secretary, Er. W. Kithan also delivered a short speech on behalf of Wokha district legislators while Kyong Hoho chairman, Yansathung Jami read out the state chief secretary Lalthara’s Tokhu greetings who could not attend the festival due to an urgent meeting at Delhi. Kyong Hoho advisor, T. C. Kithan spoke on significance of Tokhü Emong. The Kyong Hoho also submitted a representation to the chief minister urging the government to replace and build RCC bridges between Doyang-Baghty points on the Wokha-Merapani road. Various ministers, Parliamentary secretaries, commissioner and secretaries, high level state officials, and Kyong community leaders joined the festival. Cultural troupes including Assam’s Golaghat district cultural troupe presented different types of cultural items. IGAR wishes Maj Gen Jai Prakash Nehra, AVSM IGAR (North) on behalf of all ranks of Assam Rifles has extended best wishes to the Kyongs on the successful completion of Tokhu Emong festival marked by the spectacular road show showcasing the rich culture and tradition. The IGAR hoped to see a new era of friendship, peace and prosperity in the days to come.

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