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Nikhil, Rio in Phek

(From right) Chief minister Neiphiu Rio, governor Nikhil Kumar, parliamentary secretary Chotisuh Sazo and health and family welfare minister Kuzholuzo Nienu at the road show in Phek, Friday. (NP)
Correspondent PHEK, JAN 15 (NPN)
Published on 16 Jan. 2010 1:08 AM IST
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: Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar today lauded the people of Phek district for pioneering the concept of the Village Development Board (VDB) and also in protecting the environment and maintaining its ecology. Expressing his deep admiration for the people of the district for having given shape and form to the concept of grass root planning and development, Nikhil said the VDB today has been recognized as a unique model. He was speaking as chief guest at the inaugural function of the ongoing Phek Road show coinciding with Sükrünye, the festival of the Chakhesangs at Phek local ground here today. Nikhil complemented the people of Phek had vision in understanding the model or system that would was best suited for the Naga society and the VDB concept that was initiated in the district has today been expanded throughout the state. He also lauded the people of Phek for making great strides in agriculture, especially in terrace cultivation and the public organization of the Chakhesangs for promoting the need for protection of environment and maintaining ecology by banning jungle burning and hunting. “I am sure, that given the enlightened thinking the people are blessed with, the district will see even more rapid growth and prosperity”, he added. The governor also admitted that from whatever he have seen till there was only appreciation and praises for the many lovely, innovative and other achievements of the people of Nagaland. While expressing his happiness for being present on the occasion to inaugurate the road show at Phek, the Governor was also all praise for the state government for their initiation of the road shows. “The state Roadshow, I would say, is one of the most unique approach that I know of, for promoting government and people interaction and at the same time making possible for the people to display their beautiful culture and custom.” He also said that the road shows covering the entire districts of the state were not only a novel means of reaching out to the people by the government and creating awareness of various policies and programmes at the grassroots, but also by making them coincide with the most important festivals of the districts. He said the road shows are great platforms for showcasing the culture and tradition of the people of the districts. While conveying his warm greeting to the people of Chakhesang on the occasion of Sükrünye, the festival of purification, the Governor expressed the hope that it “will help in purifying our hearts and minds in the truest sense and make us rise above our false pretension and pride to reach out to everybody with love and respect.” He further thanked the people of Thailand for responding to the invitation from the State and participating in the roadshow with a cultural troupe. Chief minister Neiphiu Rio who was the guest of honour on the occasion , thanked the Governor for his maiden visit to Phek and expressed happiness that through the road show, government departmental activities as well as the festival of the people come together. He also termed the road show at Phek as one of the best roadshows so far and attributed the success to the people and the various government departments. The chief minister said the road show which coincided with Sükrünye was held despite the coming of Christianity and the modern civilized society so as to uphold the good tradition and culture practiced by the forefathers. Rio also lauded the Chakhesangs and described them a fast moving and progressing community in every sector. He and branded Phek as- the “land of tradition”; Mon- the Land of the Anghs; Mokokchung -the land of music; Wokha- the Land of plenty. He also described the Nagas as the most progressive people in the country but regretted the lack of unity in purpose for which many important developmental activities were stalled. Further, while extending New Year greeting, he called upon the Nagas to seek God’s blessing and expressed the hope that the peaceful atmosphere would continue and development and progress will mark 2010. He also urged upon the people to let the year 2010 be one of the best years and allow the government to take forward developmental works with the prevailing peaceful atmosphere with unity. Earlier, Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice, Yitachu while extending greetings on the occasion, termed the road show as a bold initiative of the DAN government which gave importance to cultural life and the link between development and the cultural identity of the people. He also recalled that 2009 was a year of peace and urged upon the people to make 2010 as a year as a peaceful and progressive year. Parliamentary Secretary for Social Welfare & Women Deveopment Chotisuh Sazo gave a brief significance of Sükrünye festival which is the most important festival of the Chakhesang. Chotisuh said traditionally the festival was celebrated for ten days.. He said the festival was a festival of sanctification and purification of young, innocent and unspoiled boys. The two-day roadshow was marked by various cultural presentations from cultural troupes from different part of the district and also a cultural troupe from Thailand led by the Counsellor Tharadol Thongruang of the Royal Thai Embassy, Delhi and display of traditional games. The occasion was also marked by exhibitions of various agricultural products by at least 27 different departments and several other NGOs, cultural extravaganza and food fest. The Roadshow concluded with Talent Night where fashion show and Miss Phek beauty pageant contest were held and graced by minister for Planning & Co-ordination T.R.Zeliang as chief guest. The show ended with massive fireworks display.

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