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47th Nagaland Statehood day, Nikhil urges Nagas to open up; Rio highlights state’s achievements
DIMAPUR, NOV 30 (NPN):
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Published on 1 Dec. 2010 12:16 AM IST
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Governor Nikhil Kumar and chief minister, Neiphiu Rio have extended warm greetings to the people of the state on the 47th anniversary of statehood day to be celebrated on December 1. Nagaland achieved statehood on December 1, 1963 as the 16th state of the Indian Union.
In this statehood day message, Nikhil urged upon the Nagas to open up in order to enable others to recognize their potentials and assets for only then they could we hope to invite investments. He said it was through investments that people could hope to achieve development and progress reminding the Naga people that they too aspired for Nagaland to be among the most developed and progressive states.
The governor stressed the need to opening up the state to opportunities through interaction with people. “If we have not been able to do so to the extend that we need, it is because of the disturbed conditions in our state,” Nikhil said.
However, the governor said despite sporadic instances of lawlessness such as of extortion and abduction for ransom, there has been peace in the state due to the ceasefire that has been in force for the last 13 years. He recognized the ‘successful’ efforts made by the state government, Forum for Naga Reconciliation, Naga Hoho, NGOs and the Security Forces to help enforce law and order. The governor accorded special commendation to the FNR for its initiative towards this effect.
Appreciating the decision of the central government to engage in talks to resolve the Naga political issue, Nikhil expressed the hope that stable peace would be brought with the blessings of Almighty.
He expressed optimism that a mega event like the Hornbill Festival would be able to attract more tourists to the state.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that statehood had given the Nagas an opportunity to develop according to their ingenuity and uniqueness and that the Nagas have slowly and steadily covered a vast canvas of development in the state during the last 47 years.
Rio, however, said during the last seven years of DAN government, the speed of progress have been accelerated to the level never achieved before.
Whether it was in the agri & allied sector, in the empowerment of women and youths, or in addressing the problems of underdevelopment in backward districts, or in the promotion of sports and youth activities, or in developing the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the youths, Nagaland has traversed much grounds in the past eight years of DAN ministry, Rio said.
The chief minister said that the government was determined to increase food productivity to achieve the Vision of ‘Food for All’ by 2020 and that towards this end, the state was organizing the second North-East Agri Expo at Dimapur from December 15-19.
He said that the government has tried its best to unite all Naga groups so as to facilitate the achievement of durable peace in Nagaland. He appealed to all Naga groups to continue to strive for unity to pave the way for building a safe, peaceful and violence free society and for the ultimate goal of arriving at final solution of the six-decade old Naga political issue.
Rio also extended warm invitation to all the people of Nagaland, as well as guests from outside the state, to enjoy the tenth edition of the Hornbill Festival 2010, which was now known as the “Festival of Festivals.” The chief minister wished all the people an advance Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011.

 
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