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Nikhil, Rio, Pandey call for permanent peace

Nagaland governor, Nikhil Kumar addressing the Mon Road Show cum Aoleang festival in Mon. (R) Cultural items being presented during the programme on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent MON, APR 7 (NPN)
Published on 8 Apr. 2010 12:06 AM IST
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Nagaland governor, Nikhil Kumar and chief minister, Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday called for permanent peace in the state and appealed to the public to join hands in working towards peace and progress.
Addressing the Mon Road Show cum Aoleang Festival at Mon Town public ground Wednesday as the chief guest, Nikhil said Nagas deserved peace and that peace and stability would lead towards progression and development. He expressed hope that peaceful situation would settle permanently in Nagaland.
Acknowledging the presence of R. S. Pandey, the interlocutor of Naga peace talks, the governor expressed faith in him to be able to present the case of Nagas for peace in the state. He wished Pandey success in bringing a successful conclusion of the peace talks.
He expressed concern over the low literacy rate of Mon district and called for the need to improve the state of education in the district. He also said Mon was rich in agri-allied sector, tourism, horticulture, mineral deposit etc and called for serious intervention to be made in proper utilization of resources for Mon to be at par with other districts.
The governor further said that road shows indicated achievement of the government and expressed hope that it would contribute more towards development in the state. He conveyed Aoleang wishes to the gathering.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio in his speech said that the need of the hour for the Nagas was to come together and bring permanent peace in the state. He urged the Konyak Union and student bodies to tie up with the government to see that right to education was fully exercised. Efforts should be made to raise literacy rate in Mon, he said. Rio also urged youths to start their own entrepreneurship during the Year of Entrepreneurs adding that Nagaland cannot remain as a consumer state, but look forward to becoming a producing state.
Rio announced that the Mon Road Show witnessed one of the biggest and most enthusiastic crowds. He apprised the gathering that Mon was the last district to conduct Road Show and that a new round of road shows would start from Mokokchung in May.
Pandey reminisces
Former chief secretary of Nagaland and interlocutor for Naga peace talks, R.S. Pandey who was the special guest of the occasion in his speech recollected the memories of his 30 years’ stay in Nagaland and also in Mon when he was the deputy commissioner.
He narrated the hardships and difficulties faced during his time and appreciated the government for bringing development in the district. Pandey also encouraged the people of Mon to preserve the rich cultural heritage and also asked the people to cooperate with the government in order to bring permanent peace and solution in Nagaland.
Pandey said that it was time for permanent peace in Nagaland which was acceptable to all sections of Nagas. He said Nagas should forget their past and work out a way for permanent peace in the state.
Pandey further said India would remain an undeveloped nation as long as border areas like Mon remained under developed. He called upon the Nagas to work together and contribute towards marking India a super power nation.
Minister for school education and SCERT, Nyeiwang Konyak Congress MLA, Chingwang Konyak, chief secretary, Lalthara were among those who spoke on the occasion celebrated under the theme “upholding peace, culture and progress.”

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