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Society can’t progress with gun culture, violence: Rio

Society can’t progress with gun culture, violence: Rio
Neiphiu Rio and others after unveiling the monolith.
DIMAPUR, NOV 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/7/2019 11:41:17 AM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said a society cannot progress with gun culture and violence. He made this remark while speaking at the inaugural session of 19th Biennial General Conference of All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) at Zunheboto Government College, Zunheboto on Thursday.

“We are fortunate that the Naga political issue concluded on October 31 on a positive note. This is the time to unite. Everybody has to unite, to take solution with positivity and build our future. And this will mostly depend on our youth, on our students,” he stated.

Lamenting that Nagaland was a resource-deficient State, Rio however informed that the Act East Policy would open many doors for the people of Nagaland as the highway leading to South East Asia would have to go through North East and Nagaland particularly. “A lot of opportunity will come but will we be able to avail that opportunity? he questioned and called upon the people not miss this opportunity, but to be prepared with knowledge and the right skills. 

Rio further encouraged the youth to take full advantage of the modern-day tools to pursue excellence in inculcating innovation, creativity with perseverance and consistency.

Claiming that the State government was concerned about welfare of students, the chief minister cited scholarships and ex-gratia for students as part of his government’s welfare measures. He added that the government was already in the process of revising the scholarships. He also informed the government was contemplating to declare 2020-2021 as the “Year of Skill Empowerment” so that interested persons could be made skilful through training in all the districts with assured placements.

Earlier, upon his arrival at the venue, the chief minister unveiled a monolith and unfurled ANCSU flag, before releasing a souvenir.

Earlier, Naga Students Federation, Ninoto Awomi delivered the greetings message, while ANCSU president Katho P Awomi delivered the presidential address. The conference remark was delivered by convenor central organising committee, Ahito Achumi and a cultural presentation titled ‘Lejole’ was presented by Zunheboto Government College. Kros College Kohima and Dimapur Government College also enthralled the gatergin with special numbers.


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