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Ungma celebrates Tsungremong fest

Planning minister, T. R. Zeliang (c) during the Tsungremong festival celebration in Ungma, Monday. (NP)
Correspondent UNGMA (MOKOKCHUNG) AUG 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Aug. 2010 1:03 AM IST
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Minister for Planning T.R.Zeliang lauded the Aos for being the pioneers in the field of education and for the spread of the Christianity in Nagaland and at the same time appreciated the tribe for upholding customary laws and practices and called upon the Aos to set example of following traditional customs and practices to other tribes in the state.
Speaking as chief guest at the celebration of the 65th Tsungremmong festival at Soyim Aonglenden(Ungma), the minister also said the first chief minister of Nagaland P.Shilu Ao was from the Ao community who led in setting the foundation of the new state and urged the community to uphold the spirit of sacrifices made by late P.Shilu Ao.
He said Nagaland was created as a state in 1963 and unlike other states, it was formed on the basis of an agreement (the 16 -point agreement) and a constitutional provision that safeguarded Naga customary practises and natural resources. With regard to natural resources, the state government had decided to suspend oil exploration/exploitation in the state till a formal decision by the cabinet. He however said that ONGC under the licence from Assam are operating at Wameken village under Mokokchung district which could not be stopped. He said the exploration was a loss not only to Wamaken village but also to the whole Ao community for which the district will be affected. He urged the Ao community to have a serious concern on the issue.
He also spoke on the government’s declaration of the current year as the ‘Year of Entrepreneurs” under which programs and policy will be implemented in the state. Zeliang also said the declaration will focus on educated unemployed youths so that the state attains self sufficiency and food security as envisaged in the North East Vision Document 2020. He further urged the public leaders and village council to give proper recommendations to the government so that the deserving candidates get the benefits. He reminded that failure or success of these programs will depend on the people and not on the government. He concluded by reiterating that the Aos being pioneers and the eye openers and therefore urged them to continue to be so and lead the Nagas into a better future.
Earlier C. Yashi Tatar and S. Bendang Aier President AKM spoke on ‘Voices of Tsungremmong’. Short speeches were also delivered by the student Presidents of the six Ao ranges. Special song was also presented by Tenyimi Students’ Union and Soyim Shisaluyimer Telongjem and folk song by Sangyusang. The program was later followed by folk dances and other cultural items presented by various clubs of Ungma village.
Meanwhile, the Tsungremmong festival was also celebrated in many parts of the district including at Longsa village where the celebration was graced by Minister G. Kaito Aye as the chief guest. The festival was also celebrated by Aliba Union Mokokchung.

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