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Nagas want peace: Nikhil Kumar

Governor, Nikhil Kumar taking salute from the marching contingents at the Civil Secretariat Plaza Kohima, Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, JAN 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jan. 2010 12:26 AM IST
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Nagaland governor, Nikhil Kumar said he was proud of the Naga people who have been resolute against all odds and were actively cooperating, working tirelessly for maintaining peace and harmony and vigorously pursuing various developmental activities in the state. “The Nagas, through their proactive participation in the peace process, have spoken loudly of their desire for peace and development,” he said during the 61st Republic Day celebrations held at the Civil Secretariat Plaza Kohima on Tuesday. Nikhil said the state government was aware that speedy development would add to the peace process and accordingly have adopted the slogan “Peace for Development and Development for Peace” and towards achieving the goal, it has been actively expediting the developmental process over the years. By declaring the last two financial years as the “Year of Capacity Building,” thousands of educated youth and entrepreneurs have been able to find employment in the organized sector, he stated. He observed that the state was actively providing agro-link road to villages having agricultural potential areas, for sufficient production of food grains. “Along with agricultural production, floriculture has become a boon industry in Nagaland,” he added. “With rich natural and human resources and the opportunities available, the Nagas are poised to realize their aspiration for a developed and vibrant state. However for such growth and progress, we need peace,” he said. The governor reminded that the 11th NLA has unanimously passed a resolution on November 27 to set up a Joint Parliamentary Committee, irrespective of political affiliations to carry forward the consensual views of the people to the negotiating parties on the Naga political issue. He said the government appreciated the tremendous efforts put in by the civil societies to find unity in the Naga society. The signing of the “Covenant of Reconciliation” by the Naga political groups was also welcomed by the government. Nikhil congratulated the people of Nagaland for evolving a unique system of grass root participatory planning and implementation of development programmes through Village Development Boards. “This unique experiment of communitization has brought about renewed village and community participation in the socio-economic development process, especially in the rural areas,” he said. On health sector, the Governor quoted the HIV Sentinel Surveillance Report and said that the state had made a remarkable achievement by bringing down the prevalence of HIV/AIDS from 1.83% to 1.20%. He also revealed that 42 villages in the state have been declared 100% sanitized and awarded the National Award of ‘Nirmal Gram Purukshkar’ for clean and healthy village. The governor of Nagaland also acknowledged the significant progress contributed by the Sericulture, Social Welfare, Industries, Labour & Employment, Urban Development, Power, Sports, Irrigation & Flood Control and IT departments. “Let us all re-dedicate ourselves to work hard for peace and development, so that peace prevails, and the spirit of festivals continues in this Land of Festival,” he urged. Stating that “democracy and development is meaningless to those who are not touched by the hands of progress,” he said it was incumbent on the government and all its functionaries to implement the development programmes most sincerely so as to ensure the welfare of every citizen and also leave behind a proud legacy of an assured future for the generation to come. On the occasion, the Governor also gave away the various awards for meritorious and outstanding service to government servants and took salute from the 15 contingents including 8 armed and 7 unarmed contingents who took part in the march past. The Parade was commanded by Aboli Metha, Dy. Commandant, 4th NAP Bn., Thizama. Earlier, before the arrival of the Governor, DGP Nagaland K. Kire reviewed the parade. Attraction of the occasion included cultural presentations by 6 cultural troupes and Tableau by 14 various departments. This was followed by the traditional Governor’s at Home programme, exhibition football match between the Veteran XI and Chief Secretary XI, Band display by PTS Brass Band and 16th Assam Rifles Pipe band and prize distributions to the best contingents of RD Parade and the winning team of Football Exhibition match.

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