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Rio addresses Tsokum cum state road show

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio being accorded a traditional welcome by the people of Noklak on his arrival for the Tsokum festival cum State Road show on Tuesday at Noklak town. (DIPR)
Published on 6 Oct. 2010 4:09 PM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio Tuesday reiterated that the DAN government and the public were organising road shows coinciding with the festivals of the Naga tribes in order to preserve their identity, to act as an interface between the government and the public and also to showcase the developmental activities and policies of the government to the public.
Gracing the Tsokum festival cum state road show at public ground, Noklak as the chief guest, Rio said festivals meant celebrating the harvest of the hard work and called upon the unemployed youth to inculcate work culture. Citing the example of the Chakhesang people whom he described as the most progressive tribe in the state, the chief minister encouraged the Khiamniungan community to be progressive and hardworking people.
Home minister, Imkong L. Imchen, who was the guest of honour said that the unique culture and tradition of the Nagas should be protected, preserved and exhibited. He said that the objective of the road show was to showcase the government’s policy and its developmental activities to the public. “It is your government, it is your activities and it is your achievement,” he told the gathering.
Earlier, delivering the keynote address, additional chief secretary and development commissioner, Alemtemshi Jamir IAS said that the Road Shows have brought the government and the people closer. By organizing road shows, he said, the government was trying to recognize the capabilities of the people so that the government could take up necessary action for the upliftment of the people through participatory approach and inclusive planning for the development process. He said Noklak was a historical village having tremendous potential like biodiversity, culture, tradition, handicrafts and endowed with natural beauty.
Chief secretary, Lalthara, IAS described the people from Khiamniungan community as the best dancers and best physique among the Nagas. He encouraged them to preserve and exhibit their rich culture and tradition.
Short speeches were also delivered by parliamentary secretary for fisheries, relief & rehabilitation, printing & stationery, Heno, parliamentary secretary for information & public relations, economic & statistics, R. Tohanba and advisor for VG, GBs, DBs affairs, Kejong.
On the occasion, the chief minister gave away the awards of recognition in various fields to Lt. Pushem of Noklak village for lifetime achievement and Cheya of Pangsha village in recognition of his outstanding entrepreneurship, who was also the first businessman among the Khiamniungans. Later, Rio also inaugurated the Enterprise Expo and exhibition stalls put up by entrepreneurs and various government departments, according to a DIPR report.
Minister for soil & water conservation, P. Longon delivered the welcome address and ADC, Noklak, Vikishe Sema proposed the vote of thanks. Dance troupes from various parts of the sub division and Myanmar took part in the cultural extravaganza. The festival of Khiamniungan, Tsokum cum State Road Show, which is being held under the theme “Unity and Entrepreneurship” began on October 1 and would culminate on October 6.

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