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Rio asks Angamis to set examples
Correspondent Kohima, May 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 May. 2011 12:38 AM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that Angamis are blessed by God with certain qualities for which others today look up to them for leadership as evident where they are presidents of the Naga Hoho, NSF, Tenyimia Central Union etc. He reminded Angamis that they ought to realize that the trust and expectations in leading these apex organizations, demanded self sacrifice.
Further, he pointed out that when many talk of the Naga issue, it appeared to narrow down only to tribal, self interest and factionalism but “not Nagism”.
He was addressing the general conference of the Angami Public Organisation (APO) here at the APO Hall.
Rio said many social situations and developments in the state depend on the trends set by the Angamis and that during the last eight years of his tenure as chief minister many visible development have taken place due to the “unity and support of the Angami public.”
He also opined that Angamis could even be expected to take the lead in taking a stand towards final conclusion of the Naga issue to facilitate progress and development.
He also made a fervent appeal to Angami villagers to be sagacious in allowing the government to tap water sources from their areas as it was a perennial need in the capital.
Rio also revealed that the state government was to initiate discussions with the villages on providing water supply to Kohima as his government stood committed to the implementation of water supply project for Kohima.
On the Census 2011, the chief minister expressed satisfaction with the exercise and in pointed out that Kohima district recorded the lowest growth rate in the state.
The chief minister also pointed out that while the state government reflected a 10% step up in the annual budget for 2011-12, the Planning Commission awarded a 20% step up over the previous year. He said it indicated support for developmental activities that could make Nagaland from being a dependent consumer to a self-dependent producer.
He said if we are truthful in our approach and works than Delhi is kind enough to give more funds to the state.
On the occasion, Rio also informed that the state government will be organizing a massive cleanliness drive in the state capital and in this regard the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) will convene a meeting very soon.
He also reminded that the DAN government had declared two consecutive years as year of entrepreneur in order to help the people, especially the youths and claimed that over 1000 were trained and assisted under the year of Entrepreneur. He further called upon the youth to come forward and avail the government sponsored programs and schemes.
On the occasion, Rio also released the APO constitution.
Earlier the function was chaired by APO vice president Kruzolie Zhale, invocation prayer was given by Rev Lhouzoviu Shüya, presidential address by Kekhriengulie Linyü, treasurer report by Vithepfulie Kehie, general secretary report by Keneingunyü Sekhose, special song by Kekhwakhrie Pelikro. The business session was graced by KV Pusa, MLA as the guest of honour.

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