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Peren green district: CM

Chief minister Neiphiu Rio addresses the Meleingi/Hega festival cum road show programme at Peren, Friday. (NP)
Staff Correspondent PEREN, MAR 12 (NPN)
Published on 13 Mar. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio on Friday declared Peren as the “green district,” and said that the district was blessed with good soil and has huge potential in the field of agriculture, horticulture and forest. He called upon the people to use their assets wisely and maximise their potentials. Addressing the concluding function of Meleingi/Hega cum road show at Peren, Rio said that the state government was working towards making Nagaland self-sufficient by 2020. To achieve this, Rio said, the government was looking at Peren district to deliver in terms of agriculture, horticulture and various other forest products. He asserted that the road shows were not wastage of public funds but to promote social culture, traditions, showcase various developmental projects and above all to make Nagaland, the land of festivals as declared by the state government in the last part of the year 2009. “Road shows should be organized every year,” he said. Extending Miliengyi/Hega greetings to the people, Rio said that the festival was a significance of leaving the past behind and looking ahead into the future with renewed hope. Rio also stressed on propagating work culture among the people, especially amongst the youth to maintain a prosperous society. The state chief minister also said that no raw materials would be allowed to be exported outside the state. Calling upon the people of state to take over the road shows, presently organized by the state government, Rio said, “people should take over such initiatives from the state government so that the phrase, ‘Nagaland - the land of festivals’ would be appropriate. He urged all to pray and rededicate themselves for the Naga talks which was in the process. “Let there be peace in Nagaland so that we can be celebrated as the land of festivals,” he concluded. Earlier, minister for planning and coordination, veterinary and animal husbandry, parliamentary affairs, T. R. Zeliang said that the road shows have been a major success and has brought the people and government closer. He said that the road shows have not only contributed to the revival of the rich cultural traditions but also brought out the potentials of the festivals in attracting tourist from all over the world. These road shows have turned out to be another dimension of development in the state, he added. The minister said Peren district have transformed from one of the most backward to be one of most advancing districts in the state owing to the various development projects undertaken in the district. He said that the Peren-Maram double lane road and the upgrading of Dimapur-Peren road and Peren-Kohima road would emerge as an alternative road to the National Highway 39 not only for Nagaland but also for the state of Manipur. Additional chief secretary and development commissioner, Alemtemshi Jamir, who spoke briefly lauded the people of Peren district for maintaining harmony amongst them. Echoing T. R. Zeliang, he said Peren which was once one of the most backward districts in the state was swinging to one of the fastest developing district in terms of infrastructural developments, developments in the agriculture and allied sectors etc. He lauded the chief minister for organizing the road sows all over Nagaland blending with the major festival of the respective districts of the state. Ex-MLA, Longbe Meru who spoke on the significance of Mileingyi/Hega said that the festival was one of the most important Zeme Naga festivals observed to celebrate the ending of a year and to welcome the New Year. He said originally, the festival was celebrated for five days comprising certain traditional rituals including declaration of engaged couples of the year. Others who spoke on the occasion included Zeliangrong Baudi, Nagaland president, Akhang, Kuki Inpi president, Asat Doungel. Several ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, department officials and various dignitaries from Peren district as well as from other parts of the state attended the festival. Various cultural dances were performed by cultural troupes of Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei, Kuki, Poilwa, Zangdi and Peren. Indigenous games and sports were also displayed by various groups. Other highlights of the programme included special solo by Namnahei Nza, drill display from Sainik School, Punglwa and musicial folk song from Kauripou, New Jalukie. Various indigenous games and sports were also played during the celebration. (with DIPR inputs)

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