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74th INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS ACROSS THE STATE

NAGALAND CELEBRATES 74th INDEPENDENCE DAY

            Nagaland joined the rest of the nation on 15th August 2020 to celebrate India’s 74th Independence Day at Secretariat Plaza, Kohima. In a first of its kind, the State hosted a Virtual Independence Day celebration which was streamed live at MyGovNagaland Facebook and MyGovNagaland YouTube Channel to ensure safety protocols amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The event started with the Review of Parade by T J Longkumer IPS, DGP Nagaland.

            On his arrival at the venue, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio unfurled the National Flag and took the Rashtriya Salute. This was followed by the CM’s speech where he stated the various steps being taken by the government to tackle the many problems and challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic. Rio also urged upon the need for an early and honourable solution of the Naga political issue so that peace, stability and all-round development can prevail in the State. He presented a brief report of all the important activities undertaken by the various departments over the year. Rio concluded his speech by making an appeal to the people to stay home and safe, maintain social distance and follow the healthcare advisories and SOPs.

            Guard of Honour was led by Parade Commander Watichuchang Jamie, Dy. Comdt. 4th NAP Thizama and Second-in-Command Avikishe Sema, Asst. Comdt. 10th NAP (IR) Zhadima. The contingents for the Guard of Honour were 4th NAP Bn, 10th NAP (IR) Bn and Nagaland Police Central Brass Band.

            This was followed by the launch of a single window e-commerce platform Yellowchain an initiative of IDAN by the Chief Minister. The event concluded with a broadcast of cultural programme which saw the performances of a Naga traditional folk song by Tetseo Sisters, Naga traditional warrior dance by Ethnic Future, a cover of ‘When you Believe’ by Mengu Soukhrie and Obed Kath and an original fusion of Naga traditional folk song with modern music Zongza by Run Monday Run. The state level Independence Day celebration culminated with the beating of the retreat by Nagaland Police Central Brass Band at the Secretariat Plaza, Kohima on 15th August, 2020.

                                                                                                (Renbenthung, IA)

KOHIMA:

            The State celebrated the 74th Independence Day at Nagaland Secretariat Plaza on 15th August 2020 despite the pandemic which has affected the whole of humanity, taking thousands of lives and infecting millions of people. In his speech, Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio stated that from the very beginning, our State, along with the rest of the country has faced the pandemic with a firm resolve. Since January this year, we had activated our Rapid Response Teams, the District Surveillance Units and the Nagaland State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre and also formed the District Task Forces and started screening incoming passengers and travelers in addition to closure of all educational institutions and suspension of new Inner Line Permits in March 2020. Further, a High Powered Committee with Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister as Chairman and Co-Chairman was also set up to decide policy matters related to Covid-19.

            Alongside the preventive measures, Rio said that the State focused on building, improving and upgrading our health and medical facilities. We also created quarantine facilities on a war footing by utilizing the existing government infrastructures. As of 10th August 2020, the State has tested nearly 21,170 persons per million population, which is higher than the national average of about 18,770 per million. Apart from Government facilities, private hospitals are also being encouraged to install and augment testing facilities.

            The State Government provided immediate cash assistance to 21,797 people. The lock down measures also brought distress to the stranded daily wage earners and labourers from within the State as well as of other States working here. Therefore, the State Government worked hard to alleviate their problems and provided food and dry rations to 2,14,020 such needy people. Trains and buses were also arranged to transport 4,500 migrant workers back to their States and the State Government quickly provided a one- time assistance of Rs.10,000 to help 16,135 needy people who opted to stay back outside the State

            Till 10th of August 2020, more than 21,500 returnees and other travelers have undergone Institutional Quarantine. The Chief Minister thanked the doctors, nurses, other frontline workers, district administration, police, municipal authorities, NSDMA and workers of other essential service departments for their tireless services under very challenging circumstances. He also thanked the church leaders, mass-based organizations, NGOs and countless volunteers for rendering yeoman’s services during this unprecedented crisis.

            The Chief Minister expressed the need for an early and honourable settlement of the Naga Political Issue. He reiterated the State Government’s role in the ongoing political dialogue by making all possible efforts in reaching a logical conclusion. The State Government has carried out consultations with all sections of society including Tribal Hohos, mass-based organizations, church leaders, NGOs and all other stakeholders. He also added that through the Joint Legislators’ Forum, all the legislators have come together irrespective of party affiliations and political ideologies in the greater interest of peace and political solution. Rio reminded that 23 years of ceasefire and political dialogue is more than enough time to reach a logical conclusion and Nagas have longed for genuine peace for decades and there is a deep desire for an honourable and acceptable solution that will pave the way for all round progress and development. He also suggested that the civil societies discuss among themselves and create a conducive atmosphere with full understanding as one Naga family. Rio further appealed to all sections of society and every citizen, to continue to make their honest contribution for lasting peace and to resolve the issue without further delay.

            The Chief Minister highlighted on the multiple economic challenges in the State due to the COVID-19 pandemic as it has showed the vulnerability of the State in terms of food sufficiency and the pressing need for creating employment opportunities for the large number of returnees numbering more than 30,000 including students and workers. In response to these economic challenges, a Strategic Committee for Economic Affairs headed by Chief Minister was constituted. Subsequently a Core Group consisting of experts in the field and other stake holders was constituted to work out strategies and action plans to strengthen the State’s economy. Special focus is also being given in sectors like Upgradation of facilities in health care, education, youth resources and sports. As an immediate measure, he informed that a digital platform, Nagaland Job Links Portal has been launched by the Department of Labour & Employment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to help connect job seekers and employers for placement in the private sector. Along with that, an e-commerce platform namely Yellow Chain, developed by the Investment and Development Authority of Nagaland (IDAN), has just been launched.

            Rio stressed on the importance of the tourism industry on the State’s economy. He also said that the tourism sector is a key element of “brand Nagaland” as the State’s tourism events have become renowned across the world. Despite the various challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he suggested for new initiatives for all-round improvement of the tourism eco-system through measures like strengthening of human resources, improvement of infrastructure, Upgradation to digital platforms, capacity building and redrawing of tourism strategies. The Chief Minister further informed that in order to maintain continuity, the State Government has decided to organize the flagship event of Hornbill festival this year with a few modifications.

            The Chief Minister informed the gathering that the Department of Rural Development has also responded to COVID-19 pandemic by giving job cards under MGNREGA to people including returnees willing to work and earn. He stated that 50% of Grant-in-aid to VDBs amounting to Rs.17.50 crore for the year 2019-20 was released which has played a significant role in helping villagers to get essential commodities and setting up of temporary Quarantine Centers at village level during this period. The Agri and allied Departments, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, have responded aggressively by scaling up efforts so as to obviate any farm and consumer crisis. With a view to curb the State’s dependency on import of goods, a special drive focused on the theme ‘Grow More! Produce More! Earn More’ is being promoted. To further boost development activities in the districts especially in health care and Agri and allied sectors, an amount of Rs 30 crore has been released to the districts under Local Area Development Programme, he added.

            Rio highlighted that, in the backdrop of COVID-19 lockdown, the Department of School Education has come out with innovative education programmes which are being aired on the electronic media such as Tele/Radio Online Education, Online Evaluation Portal, Teachers APP and Continuous Learning & Monitoring Portal. These initiatives has ensure children to continue learning even under these difficult times and proves that dedicated efforts can bring about a paradigm shift in the quality of education especially in Government schools.

            Speaking on the 9th Edition of the North East Dr. T. Ao Trophy 2020 in January 2020 at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima, Rio highlighted that, Mizoram was placed in the 1st Place, Sikkim Runner-up and Nagaland Team was placed in 3rd Position. He pointed that, the Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) launched the Sunshine Orchestra Nagaland Chapter in collaboration with Dr. A.R. Rahman’s K.M. Music Conservatory where 20 children have begun their foundational course in Violin. He further added that, the Hornbill Music Festival of Nagaland, and Russia’s V-Rox Festival have joined hands as festival partners, to explore avenues and platforms for the exchange of music, art, and culture which brings together two great nations under the platform of two world class festivals. The partnership with V-Rox, will not only further boost the Hornbill brand but also provide the stakeholders of the music and arts industry to aspire towards their dreams and ambitions.

            Stressing on the law and order situation in the State, he stated that, it has remained by and large normal and under control. The proactive steps taken by the District Administration and Police all along have ensured a peaceful atmosphere. Nagaland police has been in the forefront of the fight against CoVID-19 in every possible way by converting the Ganeshnagar Special Economic Zone, Dhansiripar, Dimapur and operationalizing the largest Quarantine Facility in the State solely managed by the Officers, men and women of Nagaland Police to accommodate 1027 returnees, all logistics including medical requirements as mandated by the Government SOP was managed by Nagaland Police.

            Rio, expressed that, in these challenging pandemic, the enormity of the crisis has only spurred us to put in more efforts, walk the extra mile and continue to put up a determined response to combat the calamity. He convey an appreciation to each and every citizen of the State who has in his/her own way contributed and walked shoulder to shoulder with the Government for successful implementation of all measures taken to keep our people safe. This proves that we can achieve greater success through our strong traditions of community participation at all levels, he added.

            Rio, mentioned that the pandemic has shown our resilience and our capacity to raise our efficiency, management and planning capabilities to further heights and also the challenges on the economic front. He called upon every citizen to work in their own walks of life with the same zeal and spirit that we have shown against CoVID. He further added that, our determination and collective efforts will not only help us come out of this crisis, but will definitely help us take our State to greater progress and prosperity in months and years to come.

                                                                        (Nongozo &Wepre, APRO & Tovikali, IA)

AWARD RECIPIENTS ON INDEPENDENCE DAY 2020

            The award recipients of Governor’s Gold Medal and Governor’s Commendation Certificate were announced on the occasion of Independence Day function at Parade Ground, Nagaland Civil Secretariat Plaza, Kohima on 15th August 2020.

            Principal Director, Directorate of School Education, Nagaland, Shanavas C, IAS; Havildar, DEF, Dimapur, S. Khetoshe Sumi and Rattle & Hum Music Society (RHMS), NGO, Kohima, Nagaland were selected for the award of Governor’s Gold Medal.

            Assistant Director, Directorate of School Education, Nagaland, B. Nellayappan; DCP Zone-1, Dimapur, Dr. Naieem Mustafa Mansury, IPS and UBSI, DEF, Mokokchung, Imlikokba, were selected for the award of Governor’s Commendation Certificate.

            The Governor’s Gold Medal and Governor’s Commendation Certificate awardees on Independence Day, 2020 could not be awarded due to the COVID-19 pandemic and they will be awarded the medals and certificates on subsequent Republic Day/ Independence Day.

                                                                                                (Nouneseno, IA)

PRESIDENT’S POLICE MEDAL FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE AND MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS BEST POLICE STATION AWARD

            On the occasion of the 74th Independence Day, 2020 the President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service was awarded to N. Chumdamo Jamio, NPS, DIGP (IR), South Police Headquarter, Nagaland and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Best Police Station in Nagaland was awarded to Kiphire Police Station, Kiphire District.

                                                                                                (Nouneseno, IA)

YELLOWCHAIN : A NEW ERA IN NAGA MARKETING CULTURE

            A new era in Naga marketing culture dawned with the Official Launch of the e-commerce platform ‘YELLOWCHAIN’ by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio during the Independence Day Celebrations at Kohima on 15th August 2020.

            Yellowchain is a single window e-commerce platform developed by Investment & Development Authority of Nagaland (IDAN) to promote local business and entrepreneurship. It creates opportunity and environment for small time retailers and aspiring entrepreneurs to expand their scope of business opportunities. Yellowchain is a dynamic, user friendly, easy to use interface designed to create a link between Entrepreneurs, retailers and Service Providers with the Citizens by providing integrated services on a wide range of economic activities.

            YellowChain has been indigenously developed by our very own local talents of Nagaland to address the immediate concerns of the local entrepreneurs from every nook and corner of Nagaland during this pandemic where social distancing has been mandated. Apart from enabling them to engage in economic activities, it also creates space for any other individuals with skills to start a new business. Any individual or group who are proactive and ready to work can build their own business enterprise through this platform by creating their own virtual supermarket or shopping mall and transact through digital payment with freedom.

            Yellowchain is build to cater on a range of economic activities not just for selling and buying of products but also provides opportunity for those in the service sector such as Home service (Baber, Electrician, Plumber, Painter, Carpenter, Water Service etc.), Delivery service, IT Products & Services, Cab & Taxi Service, Health Care & Education, Fast food & Catering, Bakeries & Confectioneries, Grocery Stores, Local Product/Produces, Trainings, Pre-owned Products, Real Estate, Rentals etc.

            Yellowchain is now open for Registration to any Seller/Service Provider/Individual/Group who can register themselves through a simple registration process via the YellowChain portal and upload their products, trades, skills, services etc. to enable the citizens/buyers to have access to their Service or Product.

            Access to the site at  www.yellowchain.in using internet browser from your phone, laptop or PC. Yellowchain App for Android can also be downloaded from Yellowchain Site.

                                                                                    (Morotsung Longchar, IA Kohima)

NOKLAK:

 

            Advisor, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Economics & Statistics and Evaluation, L.Khumo unfurled the National Flag during the 74th Independence Day Celebration held at Noklak Hq on 15th August 2020 and took the Rashtriya Salute. The Advisor also read out the Independence Day Speech.

            The contingent from 3rd NAP ‘F’ Coy Noklak led by Platoon Commander P.Pukha Khiamniungan, Platoon 2i/c C.Thongo Khiamniungan and Flag man Hangtoi Khiamniungan participated in the parade. National Anthem was sung by Hermanas Band of Noklak town.

            As part of the first Independence Day Celebration of newly form Noklak district, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) adopted two villages namely Noklak village and Kingjung village with a donation of 2500 LED bulbs for distribution to each villages which was handed over by Advisor, L.Khumo.

            Kingjung village with a power generating of hydroger energy in every house hold is giving four bulbs to ensure best energy efficiency. Similarly, every house hold of Noklak village were also been provided with LED bulbs gift packs.

            As a collaborative effort of District Administration and EESL, targets to make energy efficiency with a motto of bringing energy efficiency in the district within a period of one year. EESL is also empowered to set up with solar plants in the district. EESL is a government of India, a joint venture Public Sector undertaking under Ministry of Power is implementing UJALA Schemes across the country.

            Felicitation of NGOs in the frontline against COVID-19 was also presented by the Advisor L.Khumo. Red Cross Society and Social Welfare Department of Noklak made an institutional visit to Community Health Centre, Noklak. The celebration on the occasion was concluded by beating of Retreat by 3rd NAP Noklak.

                                                                                                (K.K. Chim, IA Noklak)

DIMAPUR:

 

            Deputy Chief Minister Nagaland and Minister incharge for Home and R & B, Y.Patton unfurled the Tri colour National and took the salute during the 74th Independence Day celebration at DDSC stadium Dimapur.

            Delivering the Independence Day speech, Patton noted the present times as challeging yet asserted that the COVID 19 crisis has only spurred us for putting in more efforts and for walking the extra mile. With the support of everyone, we will continue to put up a determined response to combat the calamity, Y.Patton added. On the occasion Patton conveyed appreciation to each and every citizen of the State for their contribution and for walking shoulder to shoulder with the Government for successful implementation of all measures taken, thereby keeping the people safe. Observing that the pandemic has exhibited our resilience and capacity for raising our efficiency, management and planning capabilities to further heights, Patton was optimistic that other challenges particularly on the economic front could be dealt with in a similar approach. Calling upon the citizens for working in their own walks of life with the same zeal and spirit as shown against COVID, Patton concluded the Independence Day speech with  ” Our determination and collective efforts will not only help us come out of this crisis, but will definitely help us take our State to greater progress and prosperity in months and years to come.”

            Prior to his arrival in the DDSC stadium, Patton was accorded guard of honour by the Nagaland Police from Police guest House Chumukedima.

            Parade commander for the day was ACP, Seyiesezo Peseyie while SM,  from CP office Dimapur Lanuchuba was the 2 I/c. Marking the day,  parade contingents from the Commissionerate Dimapur,  and 15 IR Mahila and band party from the 15 IR Mahila took part during the celebration.

            In view of the present pandemic, very few invitations was extended and the Programme was conducted with minimal attendance following all safety protocols. The program officially concluded in the evening with the beating of retreat.

                                                                                                (DPRO Dimapur)

MOKOKCHUNG:

            Along with the rest of the country, the 74th Indian Independence Day was celebrated at Imkongmeren Sports Copmplex, Mokokchung today 15th August 2020. On the occasion, Minister for Housing & Mechanical, Nagaland, Tongpang Ozukum unfurled the National Flag and took the Rashtriya Salute, followed by delivering the Independence Day Speech.

            The Parade Commander was ABSI Tiakumzuk, DEF Mokokchung and 2nd in Command was Naik Mapusangba, 2nd NAP Pipe Band.

                                                                                                (Lanukaba, IA Mokokchung)

MON:

            The 74th Independence Day was celebrated in Mon at local ground. Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation, Railways & Land Resources, P.Paiwang Konyak as chief guest who unfurled national flag and took salute and also read out Independence Day speech. Parade review was done by DEF Mon. In view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic only heads of offices attended the programme.

                                                                                                (APRO Aboi)

TUENSANG: 

            Tuensang celebrated 74th Indian Independence Day Celebration on 15th of August 2020 at Parade Ground Tuensang. Toshi Wungtung Advisor for IP&R, SCERT and VG Government of Nagaland was the special guest of the celebration.

            Review of Parade was done by Rajashekara N IPS DIG-R NAP. Only one contingent of DEF and One 3rd NAP Pipe Band participated in the parade. The contingent was led by Imtisingba Chang ABI DEF as parade commander and Ngon Khaimniungan ABSI as Platoon commander.

            The district Commendation awards were also given to A. Bendangtoshi Ao GT DEO, H. Longhen Gr-1 DB ADC Noklak, Lakiumong Gr-1 DB DC Offcie Tuensang, Sunny John Surveyor water resource Dept Tuensang, Imli Khumba Sangtam LDA DC Office Tuensang, Puthai Phom PD DRDA, Mabala Typist DSCO, Hopise Sangtam Agri Inspector SDAO Longkhim, Chillia Khaim Surveyor DLRSO, A. Yanrenthung Jami SMO (Gynaecologist) MS DH, Tsajungchem Sangtam UDA MS DH, Moshamongko Fishery Demonstrator Fishery and K. Namang ngaku Chang Forester –II Noklak Range.

            Feeding of District Jail inmates and orphanages by DDMA/DPO (ICDS) while beating of retreat by 3rd NAP Pipe Band.

                                                                                                (DPRO and IA Tuensang) 

WOKHA:

            Along with the Nation Wokha district celebrated the 74th Independence Day celebration at Public ground Wokha, With Deputy Commissioner, Wokha Orenthung Lotha as the Chief Guest.

            The chief guest, after unfurling the National Flag, read out the Independence Day message.  March pass display was done by DEF, Wokha with ABSI Jhonronthung as the parade commander and National Anthem was played by 40 Assam Rifles, Band Party Wokha. Flag hoisting was also done in all the Government Offices, Institutions, Official residence, Private residence, shops and business establishments in the district.

                                                                                                (DPRO & IA Wokha)

PHEK:

            The 74th Independence Day Celebration was held at Phek Town Local Ground on 15th August 2020 with Sachin Jaiswal, IAS Deputy Commissioner Phek as the Special Guest.

            He unfurled National Flag, took Rashtriya Salute with National Anthem and read out the Independence Day Speech. The national flag was hoisted in all the offices and institutions even in private residents,

                                                                                                (DPRO Phek)

PEREN:

            In Peren, Deputy Commissioner, Sentiwapang Aier unfurled the National flag, took Rashtriya Salute from the parade contingents and read out Independence Day Speech during the celebration programme of 74th Independence Day on 15th August, 2020 held at Deputy Commissioner’s Office Complex, Peren.

            To mark the occasion, National flags was hoisted in all Govt. Offices/Residences/Institutions & special song was also presented by Victoria Haihing and Anthony Zeliang. The programme culminated with beating of retreat by District Executive Force (DEF), Peren.

                                                                                                (DPRO & IA, Peren)

LONGLENG:

            In Longleng the Indian Independence Day 2020 was celebrated at public ground Longleng with M. Shayung Phom (NCS) Deputy Commissioner Longleng as special guest. Special guest unfurled the National Flag and deliver the Independence Day speech. National anthem was sung by Nyengching ward youth.

                                                                                                (Manjong Phom, IA Longleng)

KIPHIRE:

            Kiphire District celebrated the 74th Independence Day at the Local ground Kiphire on 15th August 2020 with Minister Soil & Water Conservation, Geology & Mining, V.Kashiho Sangtam as the special guest who unfurled the national flag and took salute from the parade contingents of DEF Kiphire, followed by the band display by Phelungre village guards (VGs).

 

                                                                                                (DPRO & IA Kiphire)

PUGHOBOTO:

            In view of the prevailing situation Covid-19 and as per the Government guidelines and instructions, Pughoboto Sub division celebrated the 74th Independence Day at ADC office on 15 August 2020.

            ADC Thungchanbemo Tungoe unfurled the National Flag and took the Rashtriya salute from the 8 NAP, Naltoqa ‘A’ coy Pughoboto. The chief guest also read out the speech. The National Anthem was sung by SAKK.

            On behalf of the Frontline workers from medical department under the Pughoboto division SMO, CHC Pughoboto, Dr.J Hokuqha Sema attended the occasion. Others who attended were all the heads of offices, PATC chairman Viyikhu Wotsaa and others.

            Marking the program, chief guest gave away presentation to SAKK, NAP and DEF police personnel. The program was conducted by EAC, Luchui Fithu.

                                                                                                (APRO Pughoboto)

JALUKIE:

            Jalukie Town celebrated its 74th Independence Day on 15th August, 2020 at ADC office Jalukie. However, due to the ongoing pandemic the celebrations were curtailed and only selected guest were invited and participated in the celebrations.

            ADC Jalukie, Dr Tinojongshi Chang on his arrival at 9 AM unfurled the National flag, and take Rastriya salute with singing of National Anthem.

            Earlier, hoisting of National Flag was also done in all the Government & semi Government office, Institutions and private building.

                                                                                                (Eto Kauring, IA Peren) 

PFUTSERO:

            Along with the rest of the nation, Pfutsero celebrated the 74th Independence Day on 15th August 2020 at ADC Compound Pfutsero.

            ADC Pfutsero Phuleshe K Yepthomi unfurled the national flag and took the rashtriya salute and read out the speech. National anthem was sang by 14th AR D’coy Pfutsero.

                                                                                                (Avika, IA Pfutsero)

TSEMINYU:

            Tseminyu Sub-Division celebrated the 74th Independence Day on 15th August 2020. ADC W. Manpai Phom formally unfurled the National Flag at 9:00AM at ADC office premises Tseminyu and took guard of honour/salute from 4th NAP ‘B’ coy and DEF Tseminyu led by Haveldar Tesilo Rengma.

            National Flag was hoisted in the morning in all the Government Offices, Institutions in Tseminyu Town. Celebration was attended by government officials which includes Administrative officers, Heads of the offices, DBs, Tseminyu Town GBs.

                                                                                                (APRO & IA Tseminyu)

CHIZAMI:

 

            Along with the rest of the country Chizami Sub-Division, Phek celebrated the 74th Independence Day at SDO(C) Office, Chizami on 15th August 2020 with Vekuto Vero SDO (C), Chizami as the special guest.

            Vekuto Vero, SDO (C) unfurled the National Flag, read out the Independence Day speech and took salute from DEF Chizami.

                                                                                                (DPRO Phek)

TENING:

            The 74th Independence Day was celebrated in Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) headquarters at ADC official residence Tening with rest of the country on 15th August, 2020.

            Rhosietho Nguori, NCS, ADC unfurled the national flag followed by national anthem and rashtriya salute in the presence of government department officials, police personnel and public.

                                                                                                (Kiso, IA Tening)

MELURI:

            The 74th anniversary of Indian, Independence Day was celebrated at public ground Meluri. The special guest, ADC Meluri Temjen Mhuba unfurled the national flag and took Rashtriya salute from 5th NAP which was led by Havildar Pongro Konyak. The special guest read out independence speech. The function was attended by all head of offices under Meluri sub-division.

 

                                                                                                (Tsurhothsu, IA Meluri)

SHAMATOR:

            With the rest of the Country Shamator celebrated 74the Independence Day as Shri. Lankonsen Tsanglao ADC, Shamator as chief guest. Due to pandemic the state Celebration was held with head of departments, administration and few invitees. National song was sung by the town V.G Shamator.

                                                                                                (Shahoto, IA Shamator)

AGHUNATO:

            Along with the rest of the country Aghunato HQ observed the 74th Independence Day at ADC office complex on 15 August 2020.

            Additional Deputy Commissioner T. Moa Lemtor unfurled the tricolour and DBs Aghunato presented the national anthem.

                                                                                                (APRO Aghunato)

MEDZIPHEMA:

            The 74th Independence Day was celebrated at Local Ground Medziphema, Sub-Division, on 15th August 2020 with Additional Deputy Commissioner Medziphema, Thsuvisie Phoji gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest.

            The Chief Guest on his arrival unfurled the National flag and took the Rashtriya Salute and delivered the Independence Day speech. The 11th NAP (IR) Bn Ruzaphema led by Parade Commander ABSI C.Throngok Konyak took part in the celebration.

            The celebration of the Independence Day programme was attended by Heads of the Departments.

                                                                                                (Sashimong, IA Medziphema)

CHEN:

            Along with the rest of the country, Chen Hq also observed 74th Independence Day at SDO (Civil) Complex at Chen Town, on 15th August 2020. SDO (C) Chen, Samuel Konyak unfurled the national Flag.

                                                                                                (M. Pelih, IA Chen)

SATAKHA:

            74th Independence Day celebration started with hoisting of  National flag at 6AM at ADC office Satakha.

  1. Kiusumong Tikhir NCS, ADC Satakha unfurled the national flag and also delivered a short speech. National anthem was sung by Anganwadi workers.

                                                                                                (IA Suruhuto)

 

WAKCHING:

            Along with rest of the country, Wakching sub-division under Mon District observed 74th India’s Independence Day at SDO (C) chamber Wakching. Relise Sangtam SDO (C) unfurled the national flag and took salute from village guard Wakching. The programme was attended by all the government employees, GBs & DBs and we’ll wishers.

                                                                                                (L.Tholong Konyak IA, Wakching)

TIZIT:

            Independence Day celebrated at Tizit sub-division on 15th August 2020 at ADC Office premises. Pakon Phom NCS, ADC Tizit unfurled the National Flag and took rashtriya salute from 6th NAP Tizit. The ADC also delivered a short speech.

                                                                                                (M.C. Khoarun Konyak, IA Tizit)

SEYOCHUNG:

            The 74th Independence Day celebration was held at ADC Hq Seyochung at the office premises on 15th August 2020. ADC Seyochung Japheth unfurled the National Flag. Rashtriya salute was given by VG Seyochung Hq, led by Nikihe Chishi Seyochung Area VG Commander. All government officers and GBs attended the function.

                                                                                                (IA Seyochung)

CHANGTONGYA:

            Along with the rest of the Nation 74 Independence Day was celebrated at Changtongya sub-division on 15th August 2020 at SDO (C) office complex, with Moakumzuk Tzudir SDO (C) as the chief quest. He unfurled the Nation Flag and look the salute from DEF police station Changtongya. The Independence Day program was held with strict COV-19 prevention protocol.

 

                                                                                                (APRO Changtongya)

ABOI:

            74th Independence Day was observed in Additional Deputy Commissioner office premises Aboi with Lithrila Sangtam EAC Aboi as especial guest who unfurled national trio flag and took salute. All the head of departments, DBs, GBs, attended the function.

                                                                                                (APRO Aboi)

NAGINIMORA:

            With the rest of the country the 74th Independence Day was celebrated today at the ADC office, Naginimora. Renabomo Odyuo, ADC Naginimora unfurled the national flag at 9:00 hrs and took Rashtriya salute from ‘A’ coy, 6 NAP jawans. Heads of the Offices attended the function maintaining total social distancing.

                                                                                                (IA Naginimora)

CHOZUBA:

            The 74th Independence Day was celebrated at the office of the ADC, Chozuba Town where Additional Deputy Commissioner, Theodore Yanthan, unfurled the National Flag on 15th August 2020. In his Independence Day speech the ADC highlighted the challenges and achievements of the government especially in regards to the covid-19 pandemic in our state. The function was celebrated with minimal participants with full protective gears and social distancing.

                                                                                                (IA Chozuba)

PUNGRO:

            The 74th Independence Day 2020 was celebrated at Pungro Town, Kiphire District at ADC office compound, Pungro. The National flag was hoisted and Rashtriya Salute was taken by Nuhuta Tunyi, NCS EAC Pungro at 9:00 hrs, national anthem was sung by Government Middle School Pungro. The celebration was attended by Government servants, NGOs and CSOs under Pungro. In the afternoon, a team comprising of YBA, SBI Pungro and BDO Khongsa visited the hospital at Pungro.

                                                                                                (IA Pungro)

CHIEPHOBOZOU:

            Along with the rest of the country, Chiephobozou Headquarter celebrated 74th Independence Day at ADC Office premises, Chiephobozou. Additional Deputy Commissioner, Chiephobozou, Vekhoyi Chakhesang hoisted the ceremonial Flag and took rashtriya salute during the occasion.

                                                                                                (DPRO, Kohima)

JAKHAMA:

            To mark the 74th Independence Day, Alemyapang Longchar SDO(C) Unfurled the National flag at SDO(C) Jakhama office.

                                                                                                (Tsuthong, IA Jakhama)

THONOKNYU:

            At Thonoknyu Hq, the 74th Indian Independence day National Flag was unfurled by EAC Mungo Khiamniungan at SDO Civil office Campus on 15th August 2020.All the DBs, GBs, Adhoc town committee, NAP and NP attained the program.

                                                                                                (IA Thonoknyu)

MONYAKSHU:

            SDO (C) Monyakshu Longtiba Sangtam unfurled the National Flag and took the salute from the Village guard at Monyakshu.

                                                                                                (IA Monyakshu)

ANGJANGYANG:

The 74th Independence Day was celebrated at Angjangyang Sub-division HQ on 15th August 2020. Yanithung Ngullie SDO (C) Angjangyang hoisted the national flag and took Rashtriya salute from Village Guards Changlang village. He also delivered the Independence Day message.

                                                                                                (DIPR)

TOBU:

            The 74th Independence Day 2020 was celebrated at Tobu HQ. with ADC Tobu, Mudongoyi as the special guest who unfurled the National flag and read out the Independence day speech.

                                                                                                            (IA Tobu)

TULI:

 

Independence Day was celebrated at Tuli ADC’s office complex on 15th August 2020. ADC Tuli, Imsongmeren took the rashtriya salute from DEF Tuli and read out a short message of Independence Day. All the HoDs under Tuli sub division, GBs attended the programme maintaining covid -19 sop.

                                                                                                (IA Tuli)

 

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS AT NEC

            The 74th Independence Day was celebrated at the North Eastern Council, Shillong with traditional gaiety and national fervor today. The national tri-colour flag was unfurled and hoisted by the Member of the NEC Prof. Biman Kr. Dutta at the NEC’s premises followed up by the National Anthem. Thereafter Prof. Biman Kr. Dutta, AIR Marshal Anjan Kumar Gogoi PVSM AVSM VSM (Retd.), Members of NEC & K. Moses Chalai,IAS Secretary , NEC briefly addressed the gathering while congratulating the staff of the North Eastern Council. All the senior officials and the staff member while factoring in precautions related to the Covid-19 scenario took part in the function.

                                                                                                (DIPR, NEC)

MESSAGE OF R. N. RAVI GOVERNOR OF NAGALAND ON THE OCCASION OF 74th INDEPENDENCE DAY.

            The full text is as follows:

            “My dear brothers and sisters of Nagaland,

            On the occasion of our 74th Independence Day, I extend my greetings and best wishes to you all.

            On this day, we remember and pay homage to all the heroes and martyrs, millions of working men and women, whose sacrifices under the leadership of the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, wrought this freedom and the Union of Free India was born. We also pay respect to those heroes whose relentless vigil has kept this country secure and those whose contributions made this Union great and glorious!

            Friends, we are in the midst of an unprecedented global crisis – COVID-19 pandemic. During the last few months we have witnessed heroes rising to the occasion to save our country from the invisible enemy. I pay my special heartfelt tribute to our COVID warriors who have demonstrated exemplary commitment and extraordinary courage to serve and save our people. I thank the family members of COVID warriors for their strength and support. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of COVID-19 victims.

            At a time of great difficulty, our Civil Society and grass root organizations have been playing a crucial role. Their support to the State Health Sector and vulnerable communities is unparalleled. I thank the volunteers for their self-less services in this hour of need.

            Friends, over the last few months, COVID-19 has disrupted our life and livelihood. It has compelled us to adjust our relationships to the constraints imposed by it. This ongoing pandemic has adversely affected the livelihood of our people and rendered several thousands of our young men and women jobless. The underprivileged and the unemployed are the worst hit.

            The Government of India under the leadership of dynamic and visionary Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, took timely proactive and pre-emptive measures. Crucial decisions like stopping the International Flights from suspect countries, timely safe evacuation of several hundred thousands of our countrymen from COVID affected countries, calibrated lockdowns, fast track capacity building of our health infrastructure and special economic stimulus helped us to meet the challenges of this unprecedented menace in a way that India’s COVID-19 story has become a model for the world.

            I am happy to note that today our State, Nagaland is certainly better prepared to save precious lives from this deadly virus. We have built our own BSL Laboratories in record time. Though we need to build more laboratories, we no longer depend on the neighboring States for testing suspected COVID-19 samples. Our doctors and lab-technicians are testing far more samples with far greater efficiency. Our frontline workers have better protective equipments, our hospitals have better treatment capacities with greater availability of life saving oxygen and ventilators. Our citizens are better aware of the COVID-19 preventive protocols and the State Government is better energized and synergized with the COVID War Room at the State level and the District Task Forces at the Districts.

            Although the number of the COVID +ve cases are increasing, we are fortunate that the mortality has been low.

            I appeal to our people not to panic and not to lower guards. The protocol of wearing face masks and maintaining 2 yards physical distance from each other must not be diluted.

            Friends, alongwith saving lives, our priority is also securing livelihoods to our people.

            Our dynamic and visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi, true to his uncanny ability of thinking out of the box, looks upon this global pandemic as an opportunity for India. Turning a crisis into an opportunity for the good of the country is his forte. The Government of India has unveiled a slew of radically transformative policies and packages that will make India Atmanirbhar – self-reliant. Access to capital for self-employment and Micro, Small and Medium enterprises – which are the worst hit by the pandemic, has been made easy including access to collateral free loans. There is greater focus on energizing the rural sectors like agriculture, horticulture and allied. Special packages have been unveiled to mitigate the distress of rural and urban poor. There is unprecedented futuristic thrust on innovations, entrepreneurship and researches – both basic and applied. India has already emerged as the innovation hub of the world. The number of patents for new products and procedures in India is on the rise.

            The New Education Policy, unveiled recently, is revolutionary and will lay the foundation for radically transforming and empowering our human resources and taking India to much greater heights of prosperity and World leadership. India is demographically young – and all endeavors are to unleash and harness the potential of our youth.

            Due to radically bold policy initiatives and fast improving investment eco-system, India is emerging a preferred investment destination for the global multinational companies. Opening up the strategic sectors including Defence Manufacturing to private and foreign companies reflect the confidence and strategic foresight of our leadership. India is already the world leader in several fields including the climate preservation and solar energy.

            The waves of positive transformation and growth is sweeping all parts of the Country. The North-East India, which was until some years back was known for endemic insurgencies, is fast transforming in incredible ways. North East is emerging as an economic hub and is bracing to play a pivotal role in India’s Act East Policy. The region is emerging as a destination of choice by the investors from the rest of the country and the world who until recently were wary of even looking towards North East. The impressive changes for the better are quite visible in the neighboring States of the region.

            Regrettably the waves of positive change and growth seem to have been bypassing our State, Nagaland.

            Nagaland is the 16th State of the Indian Union, the second oldest State in the North East. It is endowed with one of the finest of human and natural resources. For quite some decades since its birth it raced ahead of several other States in the region despite odds. Unfortunately today it has the dubious distinction of the worst performing State in the Country including the North-East region on almost all the significant indicators of Human Development.

            Our human resource, which is our most precious asset, crucial to fulfill the Naga dreams and aspirations is on steady decline. Some 25% of our Children are not enrolled in the Schools and 60% of our youth have not seen High School. Literacy in Nagaland may be technically over 80%, in reality, those who have not even been to High School cannot be called functionally literate. One wonders what positive contribution they can make to their family, their village, their community and the State. Despite the highest pupil-teacher ratio in the State as compared to the rest of the Country, the drop-out and failure rates in Government Schools are alarming. Absence of internet connectivity and Information Communication Technology facility in majority of our schools is holding back our youth in the global race for progress. It has made online teaching, specially in COVID-19 situation, impossible, pushing them further behind.

            Investment climate in Nagaland is worrisome. We need to build investment friendly eco-system so as to encourage investors from outside and within the State to have sufficient confidence to set up enterprises. Unfortunately Government job is the main source of employment and economy is largely based on salaries of Government servants. Even our agriculture and horticulture sectors which are the mainstay of our State’s economy are in distress. We have to encourage and incentivise entrepreneurship.

            Ironically relative decline is more obvious during the recent decades.  When the security forces and the Naga armed groups agreed to suspend operations against each other paving the way for political settlement, the legitimate expectation of the people of Nagaland was dividends of peace – freedom from fear of guns, better health, better education, better infrastructure, better livelihood opportunities, an atmosphere to dream and an eco-system to pursue their dreams.

            Incongruously a deeply entrenched network of vested interests has emerged during the period which has misappropriated the dividends of Peace and did not allow them to reach the people. There is mass scale mayhem and miscarriage of dreams and expectations of the people of Nagaland. It is unendurable and unacceptable.

            In India’s grand march forward, Nagaland cannot be left behind. The people of Nagaland have their natural right of a dignified future. For this we will have to build and strengthen institutions of accountability, justice and fair play. We will have to break the vice – like grip of the vicious circle of the network of vested interests and make way for the virtuous circle of peace, prosperity and happiness for our people. This cannot be achieved by Government alone. In this endeavor, we need the co-operation of the two million people of Nagaland. I have deep and abiding faith in the inherent goodness and capability of our people.

            Together we will do it.

            God bless my people of Nagaland.

            Kuknalim

            Jai Hind.”

                                                                                                            (DIPR)

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