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Gov.calls for peace through unity

Nikhil Kumar takes salutes on the occasion of Republic Day celebrated at Secretariat Plaza, Kohima, Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 26 (NPN):
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Published on 27 Jan. 2011 12:25 AM IST
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Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar said Naga people have expressed an overwhelming desire for peace and tranquility and expressed confidence that a united effort with the people’s cooperation would help bring about a final solution of the Naga political issue that had eluded solution for the past six decades.
Addressing the gathering at Civil Secretariat Plaza, Kohima on Wednesday on the occasion of 62nd Republic Day Celebration, lasting twenty minutes, the governor also congratulated all the NGOs, Church, organizations, members of the civil society and especially the Forum for Naga Reconciliation, for the tireless and selfless endeavor to bring about peace in the state bore fruit with people witnessed an end to senseless killing and fratricide.
“The state government has initiated proactive step towards ensuring the success of this noble venture and will continue to do so,” he added. He also congratulated the law enforcing agencies for their untiring efforts in maintaining the law and order and in containing crimes.
On the Census, the Governor appealed to all citizens of Nagaland, the civil societies, the NGOs and the Village Councils to ensure accurate Census of 2011, the second and final phase of which will be taken in February and March 2011. “An accurate census is required not only for planning of all development programmes, but also to redeem the honour and prestige of the Naga people. With the proposed introduction of the unique ID card for every persons in the country, which will be based on the biometric identification of each individual any attempt to inflate the population figure will stand exposed and it would be a futile exercise,” he stated.
Further the Governor said that the government was committed to conducting elections to Municipalities and other Urban Local bodies as soon as the conditions were favorable for holding such elections. He announced that from next year, the state government would give grants to the Tribal Hohos to organize and celebrate their festival in a befitting manner. “The state government has followed a policy of showcasing the rich and vibrant cultural of the various Naga tribes through regular “Road Shows” combined with various cultural events, followed by the annual Hornbill Festival at the end of the year” he stated.
Nikhil appeals ENPO
Referring to the ‘Frontier Nagaland’ demand made by the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO), governor, Nikhil Kumar said that the state government has sincerely followed a policy of balanced regional development and affirmative action to bring the less developed areas of the state at par with the rest of the state. He appealed the ENPO leaders to reconsider their stand and join hands with the state government in its endeavor to bring the fruits of all round development to the less developed areas of the state.
He said that the government policy was not a mere expression of pious intentions and that the government has consciously worked to translate it into action adding action speaks for itself. Addressing the 62nd Republic Day celebration in Kohima, Nikhil pointed out the creation of two new administrative districts, new administrative centres and upgradation of numerous administrative centres to higher levels, creation of a separate department of Underdeveloped Areas, restoration of 25% reservation in government jobs exclusively for the people of the four eastern districts of Mon, Tuensang, Kiphire and Longleng and a larger share in funding for the newly created districts were few instances of the “single minded devotion” which the government has pursued its policy of equitable development and justice for all. He, however, added that the state government was also aware that there were unmet aspirations among some people and gaps in development of some regions. Nihkil said one has to have patience and give some more time to the government to meet the expectations of the people.
Stating that every individual or group has their right to voice grievances in a democratic polity, he also reminded that responsible public leaders and NGOs have to consider the larger implications before voicing their demand. In this regard, he regretted the ENPO demand for a separate state which came at a time when the Naga political issue was delicately poised.
The governor appealed the people of the rest of the state to consider the grievances of the people of these districts in the right spirit and do all they could to improve the socio-economic conditions of these people, even if it entailed some sacrifices on their part.

 
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