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DIPR Naga News (16.8.2019)

CIVIC RECEPTION HELD IN HONOUR OF R.N. RAVI

            A grand civic reception in honour of the 19th Governor of Nagaland, R.N. Ravi was held at NBCC Convention Centre, Kohima on 16th August 2019.

            The Governor, in his address, said the trust of the Naga people on him has been a humbling experience.  “At times I wonder what God has been in store for me and all my Naga friends. I pray to him to give me the wisdom to fulfill his mission, for the deliverance of our people who have been longing for peace for such a long time,” he remarked.

            He said that when the rest of the country moving at a fast pace, a never seen before pace for growth and development, the country is sending missions to Moon and Mars and the aspirational youth are dreaming big because of congenial atmosphere, “in the midst of all these it saddens me when our people in Nagaland are craving for basic necessities: for a good motorable road, good education, access to proper health care, descent employment opportunities, it saddens me all the more because this beautiful land is richer in resources than many parts of the country and our youth is more talented than larger part of the country.”

            He pointed out that the dark shadow of the unresolved Naga political issue castes shadow on every aspect of nagas life, “this cloud must go because our people deserve sunshine.”  He stated that there was sincere intention in every attempt but inclusivity was missing: all the Naga armed groups, Naga tribal bodies, Naga civil societies, grassroots leaders, Naga intellectuals, senior citizens, elders and Naga legislators should be included.

            He said that in the last five years we have resolved all the substantive issues including powers that belong to the Naga people and they are the masters. On a few symbolic issues options were offered and interlocutors were urged to explore. He implored on the need to work out the best, most honourable and dignified solution.

            He stated that before his appointment, the Prime Minister expressed the need to conclude the peace process within three months time, He added “that is a long enough time because we have been talking and negotiating for the last 22 years. In the last five years we have taken spontaneous steps by including all the stake holders, both sides trying their best, and there is no reason why we cannot conclude it.”

            He expressed the need to do it because the status quo that remains today is unbearable for the Naga people: the status quo which means the nagas have to bear the burden of multiple taxations, fear of gun, dreams of Naga youths are choked and suffocated, “we are trying to do it and I am hopeful with your cooperation we will do it.”  He also commented that the process is mature and delaying it is like delaying a ripe fruit.

            He pointed out that some people have expressed apprehension that what happened in J&K may cast shadow in Nagaland, he assured nothing of that will happen because in article 370, right from the beginning it says temporary provision or administration of J&K and there is nothing permanency about it, infact under-sub clause 3 of article 370 it mentions under what circumstances the President can delete the provision. Article 371(A) is the result of over three years of negotiation between the people of Nagaland and the Government of India, it is an agreement derived at that’s why it is a solemn commitment, and secret to the people of Nagaland, it is not temporary or impermanent as Article 370 is, the Governor stated.

            Chief Minister Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio in his speech thanked the mass based civil societies for attending the civic reception in honour of the Governor of Nagaland, which he said was a sign of love and respect for the new Governor.

            He described the new Governor, R.N. Ravi as no stranger to the naga people because of his role as the Centre’s interlocutor for the naga political issue and whose name is a household name amongst the naga families. Ravi is a man who had extensively studied the history and political affairs of the naga society and whose immense contributions led to the signing of the framework agreement, he added.

            The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi appointed Ravi as the new Governor of Nagaland with an objective to resolve the naga political issue and whose appointment at this juncture would pave the way forward for the naga political issue. He wished him good health, long life and a pleasant stay in Nagaland.

            President, Tenyimia Public Organisation, Timikha Koza while delivering the welcome address congratulated R.N. Ravi for sworn in as the new Governor of Nagaland and extended his appreciation on behalf of TPO. He said R.N. Ravi who was the Centre’s interlocutor for the Naga Political Issue and whose coming as the new Governor of Nagaland at this crucial juncture, is indeed a blessing and an opportunity for the nagas to resolve its impassable political issue which is honourable and acceptable to all sections of Naga people. Ravi is distinct from his predecessors in a way that he was once the Centre’s interlocutor for the Naga Political Issue. With that distinction, he termed him ‘people’s Governor’ and urged him not to take advantage on the weaknesses of nagas but strive hard to accomplish the common goal.

            President ENPO while speaking on the occasion congratulated R.N. Ravi for assuming the highest constitutional post. He said he had nothing to apprise him about the political affairs of Naga society as he has been closely associated with Naga people for the last few years, he mentioned. He said Ravi’s coming to Nagaland as the new Governor at this point of time is a blessing for the nagas as his service and guidance is required for early settlement of naga political issue. He also mentioned that the naga political issue is about the identity of naga as a whole. He also urged the new Governor to continue look it into the naga political issue with best possible solution for the Nagas without compromising the identity of the Nagas.

            President CNTC, Matong Jamir while welcoming the new Governor, expressed hope that with with his appointment as the Governor, the Naga peace talk will be expedited and that the nagas would be able to see the protracted Naga issue coming to a logical conclusion and peace ushering in through out the Naga inhabited areas.

            The invocation prayer was offered by Bishop of Nagaland, Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil.  A song titled “Any dream will do” was presented by Nagaland Adolescent Girls Club while “Aghutomi Philokuwo” was presented by Siiriimi Cultural Society, Kohima. “God is our refuge” by Baptist Revival Church, Kohima and “Jai Ho” by Purple Fusion.

            Chief Secretary Nagaland, Temjen Toy, IAS gave the concluding remarks.

                                                                                                (Atuzo & Nongozo)

CHIEF SECRETARY LAUNCHES ‘STARTUP INDIA IN NAGALAND’ PORTAL

            Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy launching the ‘Startup India in Nagaland’ portal at the Chief Secretary’s conference hall, Kohima on 16th August 2019 said that it was the right time and the right initiative to introduce this portal by providing the most enabling ecosystem to support and nurture startup entrepreneurs in the State as our youth need mentorship and guidance.

            Having a ‘Start-up policy’ will help the aspiring youth to become successful entrepreneurs and mentioned that through this portal along with the constant support of the startup cell, unemployed youths will get assistance and an environment to start and venture out their own line of business. He also expressed his gratitude to the Industries and Commerce department for initiating this portal and hoped that through this many youths will be benefited and make them at par with other entrepreneur of the state.

            Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Lithrongla G. Chishi, IAS said that Startup India in Nagaland will facilitate startups to access the various resources of the ‘Startup Eco System’ available in the State. It will create an enabling environment to address the aspirations of youth and to engage with all stakeholders of Startup eco-system for strengthening the start-ups with appropriate incubation & mentoring infrastructure, to develop human capital, to provide fast track statutory support and network of appropriate funding agencies.

            The Nagaland Startup portal has been developed to enable startups from the state to register online and apply for recognition under ‘Startup Nagaland’ by logging in to the portal which has been uploaded at www.startup.nagaland.gov.in. This portal will provide the youth with incentives and programs available under the state ‘Startup policy’.

            She also mentioned that the department has really work hard in coming up with the start up policies and thanked the IT department for the commendable work in designing and developing the website in short span of time.

                                                                                                (Siizo Kikhi IA, Limatoshi IA)

MON DPDB MEETING HELD

            Mon District Planning & Development Board meeting for the month of August was held under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner & Vice-Chairman DPDB Mon, Thavaseelan K, IAS on 16th August 2019 at Conference Hall of Deputy Commissioner, Mon.

            Chairing the meeting, DC congratulated all DPDB members and Departments for successful conduct of Independence Day Celebration 2019 in Mon district.

            During the meeting, SDO (C) Angjangyan, Yanthung N Ngullie presented on Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) Scheme. He stated that, SAGY is a rural development programme broadly focusing upon the development in the villages which includes social development, cultural development and spread motivation among the people on social mobilization of the village community. With special emphasis on Angphang Model Village, he said that, the development of model villages is through the implementation of existing schemes and certain new initiation to be designed for the local context. He also explained on funding and monitoring of SAGY.

            District Horticulture Officer, Mon, Eyongol and Horticulture Inspector, Shikmeth Konyak presented in a slide show on the departmental activities under DHO, Mon. They deliberated in detail on the activities of Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVK). It was also informed that during the Hornbill Festival 2018, the oranges from Mon district won the first and third prize in the state competition.

 

                                                                                                (DPRO & K.K. Chim, IA Mon)

ECO-FRIENDLY TRASH BAGS FOR CARS

            The women members of Kohima Alibalar Telongjem, KAT-a society of Aliba Village, Mokokchung District, had discussed about the issues of rubbish that were tossed from cars that plagued the land. The 24 members decided, after a long deliberation, on 2nd of May 2019, that they would design and make trash bags for cars.

            The members wanted to provide appropriate means of waste disposal to protect the environment. Hence, they came up with the idea of eco-friendly trash bags for cars. The bags are made of washable cloth material and are designed in such a way that the storage space can hold empty water bottles and other litter. They have distributed about 100 bags so far. One of the members also pointed out that through this project the group wanted to also encourage the women folks of their village by creating awareness about environmental damages caused by litter.

            Each independent effort to capture and dispose of waste will always move us, however incrementally, in the right direction. The KAT-a society is trying to reach out to as many people as possible so as to make the people think carefully before tossing another item out the window or looking the other way when someone else does, and to consider the impact that they can make on the environment by disposing of waste properly.

                                                                                                (Takumpula Longkumer IA)