Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Rio exhorts youth to encourage professionalism

Correspondent

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio said Nagas were peace-loving people by nature even though the State was plagued by various problems.
Speaking at the distribution of column speakers to district partners of Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) at the chief minister’s residential complex here on Thursday, Rio stressed on the need for motivating youth, especially those in the fields of music and fine arts.
He regretted that Nagaland was known for insurgency and as a disturbed State where the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 was imposed.
He said when the “outside world hears about these issues” it is wrongly assumed to be true and so the world outside “fail to appreciate who we really are.”
Rio mentioned that enterprising youth coming together and doing good things would lead to a positive lifestyle and encourage other youth.
“When you partner with TaFMA, you simultaneously ally with the government and therefore it is a joy to meet the youth as they take part in activities they like such as music and event man-agement and work together,” he added. He thanked the youth for partnering with TaFMA and also congratulated them for becoming beneficiaries.
He claimed that the musical talent among the local youth was huge, adding that the State had immense potential in this sector.
With the corpus fund, he said had youth, including musicians, were getting assisted.
Irrespective of whether they were into music or any other discipline, he urged the youth to take pursue their interest seriously and try to grow to become professionals.
Rio observed that despite Naga society being educated, it was yet to conduct maturely. He as-sured the government support to the society in the form of awards, incentives and scholarships, besides assuring to provide 15KV generators to district partners for use during live music pro-grammes.
He pointed out that Covid-19 pandemic had not only disrupted Nagaland but the whole world, bringing live shows and other interactive activities to a grinding halt.
He reminded that the Covid situation was not over yet and though things were getting better, yet people need to continue adhering to Covid protocols.
The chief minister also appealed for continued public cooperation to the Covid vaccination campaign.
He urged the youth to think positively and come up with fresh ideas, assuring that the State gov-ernment would support them if they come forward.
The distribution programme was chaired by TaFMA advisor, Theja Meru.
The initiative was aimed at equipping TaFMA district partners to help talents at the grassroots in all the districts.
German made Behringer column speakers(C21B) along with microphones and stands were handed out to 12 empanelled district partners.
TaFMA is currently in the process of identifying music groups/societies in the four new districts.

SourceNPN

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