State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio on Saturday called for joint efforts in promoting sports across the state.
Speaking at the inauguration of Chumoukedima village Council Hall-cum-Indoor Stadium as chief guest, Rio while describing Chumoukedima as a ‘historic village’ of the state, lauded the village council on constructing the building at a minimal cost of Rs.18 lakhs and encouraged people to use the hall to promote indoor games like Badminton and Table Tennis.
Observing the potentiality of the youth in Nagaland in the field of sports, he pointed out that even though the state attained affiliation to Indian Olympics Association only in 2004, the first participating delegation won 11 medals in the national levels.
He also asserted that a group of sportspersons from the state were undergoing training to participate in the 2010 Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in October at Delhi. Rio further emphasized on the need for public leaders, schools and educational institutions to take part in promoting sports by providing the bases. Meanwhile, expressing concern that Naga society remained a ‘consumer society’ for so long, Rio also encouraged people to take on entrepreneurial ventures in order to promote the economy of the state and strive to achieve a ‘productive society’.
He highlighted the state government’s proposal to make 2010 as the ‘year of entrepreneurs’ and with Dimapur being the commercial district of the state, Rio urged town/village councils under it to work together for the development of the state. With regard to the bandh on Saturday called by the opposition, the chief minister stated that it was against Naga tradition. He further called upon the people to preserve their culture and protect their identity.
The programme was highlighted by presentation of memento to the chief guest, songs presented by CVBKK and women society while a brief report of the hall was given by village council chairman and vote of thanks proposed by NPF general secretary, Thepfulhoutuo Shuya. The programme concluded with a grand inaugural feast.