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Pratibha’s proposed visit ceremonial only
Published on 5 Mar. 2011 12:46 AM IST
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The proposed two days visit of president Pratibha Patel to Kohima is likely to be just ceremonial.
Patel along with her entourage is likely to consist of around 40 to 50 officials and staffs of the president’s secretariat and scheduled to arrive state on March 9 afternoon. After a night halt at the Raj Bhavan she would leave for Imphal. Chief minister and governor are likely to call on the president on March 9 evening.
She will also interact with the civil societies and NGOs the next morning for around 20 minutes and then proceed to Naga Heritage Village, Kisama where she will be accorded a public reception before her departure for Imphal.
When contacted, home commissioner J Alam confirmed that the state had earlier proposed for the president to visit Tuengsang, one of the remotest districts of the state but the same was turned down. Moreover, the president who is also the Visitor of the Nagaland University was proposed to inaugurate the Nagaland University, Kohima Campus at Merema. However, the same was also turned down on the ground that the programme would be too small for the president to attend.
It may be mentioned that the president was also proposed to visit the famous World War II Cemetery and the state museum earlier but cancelled, it was learnt.
Meanwhile, DGP K Kire said preparation was on to take stock of all the necessary security arrangement as per required by protocol. The DEF Kohima which is making all the security arrangement has stepped up security in and around the state capital to thwart any possible security loopholes. The DEF Kohima was also learnt to have sought deployment of more security personnel for the president’s visit.
Several organizations and NGOs including NMA, NUTA, Muslim community and Tenyimi Women Organization has so far sought appointment with the president. However, with the limited time of 20 minutes sanctioned by the President’s Secretariat against the state government’s earlier proposal for one hour, the organizations are not likely to get much time to interact with the president.

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