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DAN celebrates 2nd yr. in office, Rio calls for retrospection and unity among allies

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio releasing the book on the achievement of DAN Government during the last two years in power in the presence of Dr. Chumben Murry, Dr. Ngangshi and Dr. Shurhozelie. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 11(NPN)
Published on 12 Mar. 2010 12:00 AM IST
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Celebrating the second year of the DAN government with a thanksgiving service held in the chief minister’s banquet hall here today, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio stated that DAN could come this far because of God’s mercies and the people’s support and called upon the members present to rededicate themselves to the service of the people and toward the political goal of achieving permanent peace in Nagaland. Speaking on the occasion after releasing the book detailing the various achievements of the DAN coalition government during the past two years, Rio expressed confidence that his government would achieve its goals and even beyond if the coalition remain united and committed to the objectives. He also termed the occasion as a “moment for self retrospection, with a view to correct our mistakes and to rededicate ourselves in the service of the people”. He lauded his legislator colleagues and coalition partners for their unstinted support in running the affairs of the state. “No height can be attained or success achieved unless there is team work”, he said and extended his appreciation all members of the DAN alliance.Rio also assured that DAN will continue to uphold the principle of collective responsibility to deliver the goods to the people. On some of the major achievements of DAN in its second term, Rio pointed out that its political stand to play the role of an active facilitator in the ongoing “Indo-Naga” political dialogue has been appreciated and supported by the people. Rio assured that DAN will continue to support the peace process for arriving at a settlement that is honourable and acceptable to the people. He also lauded assembly Speaker Kiyaneilie Peseyie for being instrumental in the formation of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Naga political issue and also the opposition for their positive role in making the initiative success. “The voice and desire of the Naga people for peace and reconciliation is loud and clear”, he said and acknowledged and appreciated the role played by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation in providing the appropriate platform and working whole heartedly towards achieving the goal. He also expressed deep appreciation to the underground groups for signing the ‘Covenant of Reconciliation’. “We cannot rest on our laurels, nor can we blow our own trumpets. It is the people we represent, who will pass judgment on us,” he said. NPF president and Urban Development minister Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu reminded that DAN government had completed seven years in office not because they are better than others but because God has answered the prayer of the believers. Pointing out that DAN’s slogan “Peace for development and development for peace”, he said that the DAN coalition will add another slogan on completion of two years in office with “stability to peace”. Agriculture minister and NCP legislator, Dr. Chumben Murry, termed the occasion as not only a time for celebration but a time for introspection and retrospection of failures in the past two years or what it can do better in days to come. He also pointed out that the state has no Agriculture and its allied policy for which chief minister had agreed in principle to come out with such policy adding it would be in the form of ‘Vision 20-20’. He lauded the chief minister and the Speaker for bringing all the political parties together on the issue of the ongoing Naga reconciliation and dialogue in their quest for a permanent negotiated settlement. PHE minister, Dr. Ngangshi Ao who also spoke on behalf of the Independent legislators termed the last two years of DAN in office as very successful and the achievements made as “substantial and appreciable”. He also pointed out that there is air of peace prevailing in the state today and stressed that this peace effort should be maintain at all cost and means. Earlier in his thanksgiving message, Rev. Dr Wati Aier said that to make the world a better place requires a special type of leadership- a servant leaders who are for the people to achieve and want to make a difference in the life of the people. Confining his message on the Biblical teaching in the book of Romans 12 and13 where Apostle Paul wrote that the state and the authority is divinely instituted with the concept of servant- leadership to do good things. Leadership has two parts- vision and implementation of the vision, he stated and said that servant leaders are for the people to achieve and they want to make a difference in the life of the people. On the occasion, he also called upon the leaders present to usher in a different type of leaders in the state, saying that it is the prayer of the people. He also reminded that today’s youth are different, much more articulate and educated. “A state of a state depends on you”, he added.

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