Tsungremmong celebrations end in Mkg

Correspondent Mokokchung, 3 August: | Publish Date: 8/4/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

The day III and concluding day of the Tsungremmong Hornbill Festival 2018 was held here today with Tongpang Ozukum, Minister Public Works Department as the special guest.

Speaking at the program, the minister lauded the efforts of the organizers and various civil societies for successfully hosting the first mini hornbill festival despite the odds. Dwelling on current issues, the minister called upon the people to be aware of the occurrences in neighbouring Assam as a result of the National Registration of Citizens (NRC) being declared. In the 3 crore population of Assam, nearly 40 lakhs has not been included in the list which is roughly twice the total population of our state, he said.

Ozukum wondered where this people whose names were not in the list would go and asserted that they would definitely try to enter and take refuge in Nagaland. The minister however added that in Mokokchung, the AKM’s initiative dubbed “Survival Mokokchung” has successfully flushed out illegal immigrants from the district. 

He however cautioned the general public and stakeholders to be aware in view of the exodus of illegal immigrants from Assam. On the foothill road project, which has been renamed to “Trans Nagaland Highway,” the minister stated that the chief minister had explained the details of the project. He added that the state government was in touch with the Central Ministry and he expressed hope that the project would be implemented soon. Ozukum further called upon the Ao Senden to take more initiatives for better cooperation and support from the public in order to successfully complete the project.

The minister also lauded the efforts of Mokokchung Entrepreneurs Consortium for their persistent work in striving towards entrepreneurship development in Mokokchung and said that the progress report that was released on Thursday by the chief minister was the evidence in itself.

Talking about the present Indo-Naga political scenario, the minister said that the dialogues were at a crucial juncture and he called upon the Aos to have good empathy and stand united. Concluding his speech, the minister acknowledged that the very purpose of the mini hornbill had been achieved as was evident from the numerous stalls opened by women and youngsters who seemed to have been benefitted. The minister also expressed his gratitude to all the participants of the Tsungremmong Hornbill Festival 2018 for making it a successful program. 

Earlier in the program, Tsungremmong greetings were delivered by Dr. Longrineken, advisor Law & Justice, Border Affairs, Treasuries & Accounts, Nagaland. The program was followed by cultural presentations by various cultural troupes, besides various indigenous games and the finals of the inter school under 14 barefooted football.

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