Minister for Health and Family Welfare K Azo Nienu Saturday hailed the positive steps taken by All Assam Students Union (AASU), the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and North East Students organization (NESO) in resolving the recent economic blockade imposed against the state in reaction to IRB assault in Golaghat.
Gracing the 45th annual fresher’s social of Naga Students Union Guwahati (NSUG) at Shilpgram, Kalashetra, the minister said “any issues among the people of the region should be settled through dialogue and not by taking it to the streets”.
He also emphasized the need to uphold oneness and forge unity among northeastern states to address common issues.
Recalling the shared past ancestry, Nienu pointed out that the two states were under one administration till Nagaland was carved out as a separate state in 1963. The partition should not create differences and enmity among the people continuing to live as neighbors, he affirmed.
Reiterating the need to stand as one, the minister stated, “It is crucial for the people of the NE states to maintain better unity and oneness to become a force to reckon with before the centre to get the issues addressed’.
The minister also emphasized the region to forget the past incidents and look towards building more conducive environment.
Nienu also encouraged Naga Students Union Guwahati members to be committed, focused and sincere in their pursued for higher studies and also maintain good relation with the people.
To become a strong and vibrant society, the future leaders have to be sincere and committed in preparing to compete at the highest level, he opined.
He encouraged the Naga student’s community in Guwahati to make the most of their days there and reap the harvest of their labor in the near future.
Guest of honor, M Zhimo, Deputy General Manager (AERO), Airport Authority of India urged the students to be consistent in their studies to succeed. He also impressed on the students not to forget the purpose of their short stay in Guwahati.
Also speaking, North East Students organization chairman, Sammujal Bhattacharjee encouraged the students to dream, have specific aim and labor consistently.
He also pointed out the need for students’ community of the region to work hand in glove to solve common issues.
Naga Students’ Federation president Metsikhoyo Yhobu also encouraged the students to respect differences and uphold the spirit of unity among the people of the region.