The 59th Phom Day was celebrated at Public Ground, Longleng on May 6 with parliamentary secretary IPR and economic & statistics, R. Tohanba as the chief guest.
Addressing the gathering, the chief guest congratulated the Phom people and said the solemn pledge to live in peace and harmony, loyalty to the government and to one another has truly been a historic turning point in the lives of the Phom people who chose to take the path of peace and progress and to shun evil.
Naming various gazetted officers, theologians, reputed contractors and individuals excelling in various other fields like Dr. Anjo Keikung, general secretary NBCC and Bukchem Phom, state information commissioner Tohanba said they were not only working for the Phom people but for the Nagas as a whole.
He however reminded the people that even as people march forward, one should not forget their age-old traditions like traditional attires, music, folklores etc, which determine ones unique identity and the tribe that one belongs to.
He also praised the Phoms for their exquisite craftsmanship such as wood carving, basket weaving, cane works, shawl weaving including gunsmithy and said these skills were still witnessed even today.
Parliamentary Secretary, RD & REPA, S. Pangnyu Phom delivered the welcome address, and also handed over computers and printers to 30 VDBs under Longleng, to help in running business transaction and maintaining their respective village offices, under the Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) initiated by SIRD.
He also handed over mobile phones to the village councils and explained the use of the toll free SIRD number in Kohima where the Village Council can call the office for free and sort out their problems and grievances. Parliamentary Secretary YRS, Naiba Konyak in his short speech lauded the Longleng people for electing an able and responsible leader to represent them and requested the Phom people to re-affirm the Phom Day oath of peace and unity so as to bring more development in the region.
Awards in academic excellence for 2011 were handed over by the chief guest to T. Chuchong, Manshing Mucho for securing 28th and 31st position in the HSLC examination under NBSE, H. Yinglong for securing 7th position (science stream) in the HSSLC examination under NBSE and Apie Maria for securing 3rd position (Arts stream) under Meghalaya Board of School Education.
C Longleng, Nihekhu Sema also gave a short speech while re-affirmation of Phom Day pledge was done by executive secretary, PBCA, Y. Nuklu.