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Strength of govt lies with people: Rio

Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio along with his colleagues at the inauguration of Longkhum Pangchayat Hall on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent/DIPR LONGKHUM, JUNE 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Jun. 2011 12:55 AM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio Wednesday said the strength of DAN government laid with the people due to which the government was running peacefully because of their support. Rio said since DAN government enjoyed the people’s mandate, his government has been visiting villages in the state to see for themselves the development and to listen to the voice of the people and their needs.
He was addressing a public function at Longkhum village, about 18kms from Mokokchung town, after inaugurating a two storey Longkhum community hall.
Asserting that his government would continue to give top priority to uplift rural economy, Rio said in view of this the state government has come up with a policy that allowed chairman of Hohos in every district to attend DPDB meetings with an idea to enable them to express their developmental needs.
While encouraging the villagers to keep the spirit alive and further dedicate to the Naga political issue, Rio urged the people to leave aside ‘ism’ and promote ‘Nagaism’.
Reiterating that unlike other national parties who need to visit Delhi to address their demands, he said the NPF as a regional party, gives importance to the people in the villages and that a regional party’s “high command” lies with the villages. Rio also dwelt on government initiatives being undertaken to further improve activities under Agri and allied departments.
Earlier, inaugurating the community hall, Rio expressed hope that the community hall, constructed at the cost of `88.85 lakh would bring tranquility, peace and harmony to the villagers of Longkhum, and described Longkhum village as one of the legendary villages in the state.
State home minister Imkong L. Imchen, who graced the occasion as guest of honour, urged the chief minister and his colleagues to look into the memorandum submitted by village council.
Paying rich tributes to the past leaders of Longkhum village which has produced renowned Naga leaders like Imkongmeren, first vice president of the Naga National Council (NNC), he said Longkhum was the’ cradle of Naga nationalism’ and ‘foundation of Naga politics’ especially in the Ao country. Imchen also expressed gratitude to the chief minister for his second visit to the village in a period of one month.
The village council chairman, Angang Jamir, in his welcome address, thanked chief minister for giving due importance to the people of Longkhum village.
Later, chief minister, accompanied by ministers, parliamentary secretaries and MLAs visited the village cemetery and paid homage to late Imkongmeren, one of the great Naga leaders.
It may be mentioned that this hall took more than eight years to complete under, Mongsen Medemchanger, Chungli Reongchanger generation. The renowned singing group, ‘Sentonia’, presented a special song, including some men folk of Longkhum village who presented a ‘male voice’, composed especially for the occasion.

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