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Settlement of Naga issue vital for economic development: CM

Settlement of Naga issue vital for economic development: CM
Neiphiu Rio
DIMAPUR, NOV 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/14/2019 11:16:46 AM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio stressed that settlement of Naga political issue between Government of India (GoI) and Naga political groups was vital for economic development of the State. An amicable solution would greatly impact the development of Nagas as a whole and definitely pave the way for them to catch up with rest of the country as well as the world, he added.

Speaking at Kohima District Planning and Development Board’s (DPDB) Day-out-cum-Pre Christmas programme at Touphema on Thursday, Rio remarked “The biggest and the happiest day for all Nagas will be the day the Naga political issue is resolved.” 

He urged every Naga to pray and work towards an early and amicable solution to the Naga political Issue so that the young and upcoming generations grew up in a peaceful environment and had access to all opportunities and develop to their fullest potential.

The chief minister observed that peace had evaded the Naga people for a long time, beginning from their forefathers and their headhunting traditions followed by World War I and II and the longstanding conflict between GoI and NNPGs, which was yet to be resolved completely. 

Emphasising that it was time for the Nagas to come forward and make use of all their available resources to ensure that the State developed economically at a rapid pace, he called upon all officials to be ready to take up the challenge and work tirelessly towards uplifting the Naga people because once the Naga political Issue was resolved, peace would prevail and there would be a great push for economic and developmental activities. He concluded by saying that the Nagas would soon see light of the day, live in peace and prosper in all aspects of life.

Kohima DPDB chairman and urban development & municipal affairs adviser Dr Nicky Kire also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the various developmental activities currently being undertaken in Kohima district. He urged all the officials present to work diligently and contribute in whatever way they could towards development of the State Capital as well as the rural areas in the district. 

Legislator Keneizhakho Nakhro, who also attended the programme, expressed his gratitude to the board, especially the adoption committee, for all its efforts and contribution towards uplift of the people in rural areas and wished the board all the best on all its future endeavours.

The programme was chaired by Kohima deputy commissioner Thejawekie Gregory, while Kohima district planning officer Pudusul Luho pronounced the vote of thanks. This was stated in a DIPR press release.


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