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If political solution not secured, Assembly election will be held in 2023, says Patton

Staff Reporter

Amid a renewed push for the long-expected solution to the Naga political issue, deputy chief minister, Y. Patton on Friday said that elections would be held if solution is not arrived at before the Assembly polls, scheduled to be held by end of February 2023.
Patton said this while talking to media persons on the sideline of the felicitation programme held for Viku L Achumi and Imsennaro Walling, who successfully cleared the UPSC civil services examination 2021 with 567th and 585th all-India ranking respectively.
The programme was organized under the aegis of Central Nagaland Students Association (CNSA) at Hotel Saramati.
Addressing the programme, Patton urged both the candidates from Nagaland to be role models for the youth, expressing the hope that many would follow their footsteps.
He lauded the duo for bringing laurels to Central Naga Tribes and Nagas in general by clearing the UPSC exam, noted that it was not easy to crack UPSC exams where lakhs of aspirants competed intensely every year.
Asserting that there were no shortcuts to success, Patton said it took hard work, dedication and sacrifices to be successful, adding that Achumi and Walling had proven that there was no hurdle too difficult to overcome if one had the zeal and determination.
He mentioned that civil services aspirants should possess the right attitude, a positive mindset and lead a disciplined life if they wanted to succeed. “Education gives you the weapon, but it is you who should choose and fight the battle,” he commented.
He urged youth of the State to take more time to read books, gather necessary information and cultivate good habits to keep their mind and body fit, while abstaining from harmful habits of alcohol and drugs. He also cautioned against misuse of modern technologies.
Appealing to Achumi and Walling to take up any assignment and place of posting with a sense of satisfaction and joy and work with dedication and sincerity, the deputy chief minister remarked that the duo had the added responsibility to proving others that Nagas were second to none and, given the chance, they could be fine officers.
He said Nagaland would certainly need their services in later years and hoped that a request would be made at the right time to the authorities concerned by the State government seeking their deputation as and when required.
Patton suggested Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC) and its federating units to hold common annual CNTC meritorious award programmes for students achieving academic excellence, adding that it would go a long way in encouraging the upcoming generation to perform better academically.
Sharing her experience, Walling admitted that she had faced several challenges while making preparations, but each of them had only strengthened her resolve to overcome them.
Since her college days, she said she had set eyes on CSE and did not lose sight of it till she cleared it.
While pursuing her undergraduate course, she recalled that she worked with underprivileged children and refugees, whose experiences made her more determined to appear and clear the UPSC exam for helping the needy and the downtrodden. Apart from manifold duties and responsibilities, she said civil services provided an opportunity to work with the most vulnerable sections of society.
Walling said clearing CSE would not have been possible without support and inspiration of her seniors, peers, family members and friends, and acknowledged their support. She added that it was due to God’s unending grace, mercy and love that she could come thus far in life.
Encouraging young Nagas, she maintained that they were capable of achieving any goal, adding that all one had to do was never giving up even if everything seemed over.
On his part, Achumi cited the examples of Thomas Alva Edison and Abraham Lincoln, both of whom had to undergo many failures in their lives before achieving glory. He urged the youth to never give up and assess their capabilities, strength and weaknesses before embarking on their journey.
He called for focus to clear CSE, stressing “Nothing lesser than a laser sharp focus will lead you to success”, adding that one also needed a clear reason why he or she was pursuing it.
While preparing for civil services or any other exam, he said one should also be ready to sacrifice many things. He remarked, “Work hard and keep faith in God.”
Speaking on the occasion, Central Nagaland Women Association (CNWA)president K Atoli Sema acknowledged Achumi and Walling for clearing one of the toughest exams in India and crafting a success story for Nagas in general and CNTC community in particular.
She said their result proved that they were determined, sincere and hardworking throughout the preparatory phase, while appealing to the duo to continue following these traits when they embark on new assignments and continue to make Nagas proud through their good work.
Maintaining that though it was not desirable to form smaller pockets within an already small pocket, Sema mentioned that the prevailing trend of tribalism in the State had compelled the formation of CNTC to fight against disparity meted out to communities.
The programme was chaired by Jemima K Sumi and invocation offered by associated pastor, LBCD, BenlanthungYanthan.
Presidential note was addressed by CNSA president R SunepPongen, short speech by president, CNTC T Lanu Imchen, while prayer of blessing was led by senior pastor DSBC, S VitosheSwu, and special number presented by Kibulong Imsong.
Representatives of various organisations felicitated the two UPSC rank holders and vote of thanks was offered by CNSA vice-president Lipemo M Tsopoe.


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