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Thu, 05 Dec 2019

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On Statehood Day, Rio assures all round growth of Nagaland

On Statehood Day, Rio assures all round growth of Nagaland
December 02
09:32 2019

NET Bureau

Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio on Sunday said that the state government remains committed for continued efforts in every direction for ensuring all round growth.

“Nagaland has definitely made tremendous progress in all fields. Many of the developmental initiatives of the state are quoted with admiration in many parts of the country,” Rio said while addressing 57th Nagaland statehood day here at Kohima Local Ground.

He however conceded that there still remains a lot to be done.

The CM called for utilisation of opportunities, especially on the economic and development front to “our advantage.”
“Our youths need to be continuously endowed with superior skills and knowledge to reap the benefits arising out of the evolving situation, and the infrastructure that are essential, needs to be quickly put in place so that we do not lag behind in grasping any opportunity that may come up,” Rio said.

Rio said that he was proud to look at the “stupendous journey” that Nagaland has been on since achieving statehood on December 1, 1963.

He highlighted the various events from the 1918 formation of the Naga Club to the formation of the NNC and the 16-Point Agreement between the Naga People’s Convention and the Government of India.

The agreement, signed on July 26, 1960, eventually led to the passing of the Constitution (Thirteenth Amendment) Act, 1962 by which Article 371(A) guaranteeing special provisions to the Naga people was incorporated into the Constitution of India.

“Today, as we celebrate the 57th Statehood Day, we are filled with reverence and gratefulness fullness to all the founding fathers and the visionary leaders at that time who by their sacrifices and resoluteness brought into reality the state of Nagaland,” Rio said.

‘Very close to solution of Naga issue’
The Chief Minister meanwhile noted that the quest for a final solution to the Naga Political issue continues till today. “Negotiations between the various Naga Political Groups and the Government of India have concluded and we are poised on the verge of history being made, as we could be very close to the final solution,” Rio said.

He conveyed the State Government’s appreciation to all the negotiating parties for showing “magnanimity, a spirit of understanding breakthrough in the talks and for being able to reach common ground on all the issues that were being negotiated for long.”

He informed that the November 13, 2019 meeting of the Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on the Naga Political Issue had further appealed to all the stakeholders to continue the spirit of unity and oneness to facilitate the eventual solution to the protracted Naga political issue.

The JLF also welcomed the proactive role played by the mass-based organisations, tribal hohos, NGOs, churches and civil societies. It further appealed to people of the neighbouring states to extend all possible cooperation so that the peace process can conclude in a successful manner which will enable peace and stability in the entire region.

The CM also acknowledged the determination and commitment of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi; Home Minister, Amit Shah; Governor of Nagaland and Centre’s Interlocutor for the Indo-Naga talks, RN Ravi for carrying forward the peace process in a concrete manner.

Rio said that the long-awaited solution of the Naga political issue “seems to be within grasp and that fills us with eager anticipation and happiness.”

“However, this should also make us realize the huge responsibility that now lies bestowed upon all of us for ensuring that every step taken by us is with greatest honesty and in the right direction so that what has been cherished and yearned for so long by our people becomes a reality without any further delay,” he added.

Source: The Morung Express

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