Patton opens 1st mini hornbill fest in Mkg

Patton opens 1st mini hornbill fest in Mkg
Y. Patton speaking at the Tsungremmong mini hornbill festival. (NP)
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, AUG 1 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/2/2018 12:15:01 AM IST

 The Tsungremmong Mini Hornbill Festival 2018 got underway at the Imkongmeren Sports Complex here on Wednesday. The festival is a collective celebration initiated by the State government and people of Mokokchung district. 

The festival was formally inaugurated by deputy chief minister by Y Patton, who attended the inaugural programme as the special guest. 
Speaking on the occasion, Patton said Mokokchung district was one of the beneficiaries of the decision taken by the PDA government to organise mini hornbill festivals coinciding with major festivals of Naga tribes in order to provide a boost to tourism in all the districts and some subdivisions where some tribes were concentrated. 
He said the festival was aimed at giving equal opportunities to all Naga tribes to promote local entrepreneurs and showcase their rich and beautiful cultural heritage. He hoped that the mini hornbill festival would help in promoting brotherhood among neighbouring districts and States. 
Patton said the mini hornbill festival should not be considered as wastage of time, energy and resources, but rather seen as a visionary move taken by the PDA government to encourage people’s participation during premier festivals of different Naga tribes. 
Mentioning that the State government had rightly termed Mokokchung district as a land of pioneers, Patton remarked that Nagas had a lot to learn from the Ao community, being the pioneers in Christianity, education, music, etc. He said the Aos had contributed immensely to lead the Nagas towards progress, development, unity and harmonious co-existence, besides giving the Naga people a strong leadership in religious, political and social lives.
The PDA was proud to have a good number of representatives from the community in the government who were providing valuable input in running the affairs of the State.
Stating that the Ao community had set important benchmarks in the society, the deputy chief minister remarked that till today he was impressed with the “Survival Mokokchung” initiated by Ao Students’ Conference where illegal immigrants were flushed out from the district, and where local youth, men and women had taken up their works. He added that this move should be emulated in every district. 
Patton said the Assam government has just released its National Register of Citizens and there was high apprehension of infiltration in the neighbouring States. He claimed that the State government had put all entry points from neighbouring Assam on a high alert to check influx of illegal immigrants. 
He admitted that the government alone could not put a complete check on this unless there was strong support from the public. 
“And this is where the call for the same zeal and initiative taken during ‘Survival Mokokchung’ becomes pertinent.” he explained. 
Patton called upon citizens of the State, especially those districts neighbouring Assam, to cooperate with the government to check the influx of illegal immigrants. 
Concluding his speech, he called upon all citizens not only to celebrate Tsungremmong festival for individual and social sanctification, but also celebrate it as a thanksgiving and blessing festival.
The special guest also inaugurated the exhibition arena where 105 stalls had been put up various SHGs and government departments. 
Earlier in the programme, Higher & Technical Education minister Temjen Imna Along extended Tsungremmong greetings to the people.  
The inaugural programme was followed by cultural presentations from various troupes and other items like inter-ward tug of war and inter school U-14 barefooted football match.

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