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NAGA NEWS (1.12.2020)


            Nagaland celebrated the 58th Statehood Day at Nagaland Civil Secretariat Plaza on 1st December 2020. On the occasion, the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, extended his warmest greetings to the people of the State and called to remember with gratitude the leaders, who by their sacrifices, foresightedness and determination ensured the creation of Nagaland with a special Constitutional provision as the 16th State of the Union of India.

            He said that the state government convened a consultative meeting on 15th October 2020 with all the representatives of all the Tribal Hohos, Civil Society Organizations, political parties, ex-parliamentarians and various public leaders on the Naga Political Issue. A seven point resolution was adopted unanimously and it acknowledged the sacrifices and contributions of the nationalist workers in the course of the Naga political journey and urged the Naga political groups to honour and respect the Covenant of Reconciliation and maintain the sanctity of non-violence in letter and spirit for a Shared Naga Future as members of One Naga Family.

            On preparations for combating the pandemic, Rio said that the State government took every possible step to further develop and improve our entire health infrastructure. He said that the State Government managed to go from a State with Nil testing capacity to 2600-3000 testing capacity per day. The number of ventilators in the State has been increased from 14 to 145 and 110 departmental ambulances. There also has been an increase in the strength of the healthcare workers through recruitment of 109 medical doctors, 5 dental surgeons, 129 nurses, 6 research scientists, 6 laboratory technicians for BSL Laboratories, 10 OT technicians and 13 ECG technicians, and the appointment of 21 AYUSH doctors and 129 nurses is nearing completion. Further, a new Cath Lab has been installed in CIHSR Dimapur and a new Medical College is also being established in Mon, he added.

            The CM said that the Department of Employment, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship initiated the introduction of MOBILE SKILL MORUNG, to ensure access to skill development for rural youth and women. It is a self-contained TRAINING WORKSHOP ON WHEELS equipped with machineries and equipment that can travel with trainers across the State. The Mobile Skill Morung was flagged off on the 13th of November, 2020. The Nagaland Joblinks portal has also been launched on which job seekers and employers can register themselves and job seekers can get connected with employers in private sector establishments. The Department has also rolled Out the Multi Skilled handyman program to ensure that every trainee is skilled in 3 or 4 job roles to earn their livelihood. This program was also launched on the 13th of November 2020. He added that, ‘LaunchPad’ – a career guidance and skills development program – an initiative of the Department of Youth Resources and Sports in partnership with YouthNet was launched on 18th August 2020. It is an online training programme for the 12th Standard Students of all Government Secondary School across Nagaland. The Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) has started Music Incubation Programme, where young artists are being trained to fit into the ever growing Music Industry.

            On Agriculture sector, he said that the department has distributed selected Kharif and Rabi seeds on the basis of local needs well ahead of time to ensure that the farmers do not suffer due to Covid restrictions. Also, the Department has initiated an action plan to take up the Naga model of Integrated Settled Farming on pilot basis during the current year. This model is being initiated to attain self-sufficiency and sustain the traditional system of Jhum cultivation. To give a further boost to the economy and to create employment opportunities, special programmes under NEC funding are being launched for Agriculture and allied sectors. The Department of Horticulture has initiated two units of nurseries, one for orange in Kohima and another for kiwi and persimmon in Pfutsero. The recent observation made by the Hon’ble Union Agriculture Minister, that Nagaland should be made ‘Kiwi State of India’ is proof to the fact that the State has been recognised as a Kiwi producing hub, he added.

            Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Rio said that the Tourism Department has outlined several strategies for the revival of the Tourism industry in Nagaland in a safe and sustainable manner thereby promoting it as a ‘Safe Destination’. Furthermore, the Department with the Government of Nagaland is celebrating the 21st edition of Annual Hornbill Festival 2020 completely in a virtual mode only, a first of its kind for the State.

            Rio informed that the Department of School Education launched the innovative Online Digital Education in the State which has been working since May 2020 and it also has  developed an Online Students Evaluation Portal which could be easily accessed through any Mobile/Laptop/PC and would work efficiently even with 2G internet connections. In order to ensure that the process of Continuous Learning is sustained in all Government schools throughout the State, particularly in remote and rural areas, ‘Continuous Learning & Monitoring Cell’ has been constituted to monitor learning activities through the newly developed Online School Monitoring System. Further, in order to keep the teachers updated with the latest developments in the field of education and also to monitor the progress of their activities, the Department launched the Teacher’s APP in the month of September 2020, he added.

            The Chief Minister said that the Higher Education sector received an impetus with the laying of the foundation stone of the Professional College of Music & Fine Arts at Tsiesema, Kohima District, the Inauguration of the Science Laboratory building of Phek Government College and science stream building at Dimapur Government College. The Academic Session of the newly established Government Polytechnic Aboi, Mon, along with Government Polytechnic Wokha and Peren are expected to start from 2021 -22 since creation of posts has been cleared by the Government.

            He informed that the Department of PWD has successfully completed the improvement of Kohima and Dimapur City Roads. Under MoRTH, DONER and NEC for various categories, 48 projects covering more than 597 kilometres of road are being taken up this financial year. Under PMGSY, work is ongoing on another 300 kilometres of road. The PHED during the 100 days campaign launched on 2nd October 2020, aiming to provide Water supply to all the schools and Anganwadis, provided piped water supply to 380 Schools and 110 Anganwadis. In MGNREGA, the approved target for the current financial year for the State is 200 lakh person days, out of which 135.38 lakh person days have been generated till date.

            Rio informed that the Directorate of Fire & Emergency Services has completed the Construction of the Central Workshop at New Capital Complex, Kohima and the CAWD has completed the construction of residences of 4(four) Deputy Commissioners which will all be inaugurated shortly. Also, the Directorate of Home Guards, Civil Defence and State Disaster Response Force has completed the construction of the 100 bedded trainees barracks multi­storey building at Central Training Institute, Toluvi, Dimapur. He added that the Municipal Affairs Department under KSCDL (Kohima Smart City Development Ltd), has resumed 3 (three) uncompleted projects under the Mission namely: ‘Multilevel Vehicle Parking at Old Medical Directorate’, ‘Multilevel Vehicle Parking at Old NST’, and the ‘Capital Cultural Hall’ above NSF Martyrs Park.

            The Chief Minister conveyed special wishes to the people of Noklak District, the youngest district of the State, on the occasion of the Statehood day. He said that the State has been able to build good capabilities in every sector, and the unified response in combating COVID-19 is a testimony of it. He also said that there are many developmental areas and sectors, where a lot remains to be done and needs persistent efforts to ensure that Nagaland is at par with the rest of the States in the country.

                                                                                                (Nongozo Rikha & Wepre Kronu)


            The State, on 1st December 2020, celebrated its 58th Statehood Day at Nagaland Civil Secretariat Plaza, Kohima. The event began with the Review of Parade by DGP Nagaland John Longkumer IPS. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio undertook the General Salute and delivered the Statehood day speech. March past was performed by 4th NAP Bn, DEF Kohima, STF, 15th NAP Mahila Bn and PTS Brass Band. Parade Commander for the event was Deputy Commandant 4th NAP Watichujang Jamir NPS and Second-in-Command was Asstt. Commandant 4th NAP Lucy Yhome NPS.

                                                                                                (Renbenthung, IA)


            The 58th Nagaland Statehood Day was celebrated at Dimapur with DC Dimapur, Rajesh Soundararajan taking the General Salute from three parade contingents at DDSC Stadium, Dimapur on 1st December 2020.

            Delivering the Statehood Day speech, DC, remembered all those leaders, who by their sacrifices, foresightedness and determination ensured the creation of Nagaland State with special Constitutional provisions as the 16th State of the Union of India on 1st December 1963.

            He said that the state since its creation have made significant and enduring achievements to show on every field. “We have seen development and progress, and the quality of life enjoyed by our people has seen a marked improvement, though many challenges still remain” he said.

            On Naga Political issue, he said that the negotiations between the various Naga Political Groups and the Government of India have seen a breakthrough with common ground being reached on various issue and expected everyone to continue with same spirit of understanding and oneness for moving forward to the eventual solution without any delay.

            Highlighting different initiatives being taken up by different departments for all round development, DC mentioned the extraordinary situation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the substantial improvement in the health facilities to deal with COVID-19 cases. He also mentioned the cooperation and active support of the people in controlling the spread of the COVID-19 while also reminding the threat of the pandemic that still exists.

            In his speech DC mentioned the launching of ‘LaunchPad’- a career guidance and skill development programme by department of Youth resources and sports i. Partnership with YouthNet, distribution of Kharif and Rabi seeds by Agri department to ensure that farmers do not suffer due to COVID-19 restriction.

            He also said that, though the state have come a long way since it’s creation, having been able to build good capabilities to n every sector there are many developmental areas and sector where a lot remains to be done. Therefore, called to continue with persistent efforts to ensure that Nagaland is at par with the rest of the states in the country.

            Parade contingents for the day included Commissionerate of Police, 15th IRP Mahila Bn and 15th IRB Mahila Bn Pile Band and ABI, Commissionerate of Police, Dimapur Neichuzo Rio was the Parade Commander.

                                                                                                (Watimenla & Sebu, IA Dimapur)


            Along with the rest of the state, Zunheboto district observed the 58th Statehood day at local ground Zunheboto on 1stDec 2020. Deputy Commissioner Peter Lichamo took the salute and read out the Statehood day speech.

            The highlights of the speech included COVID-19 pandemic covering the dos and don’ts, preparedness of the state and various other details of the ongoing pandemic. The speech also remembered gratitude to all those leaders, who with their sacrifices, foresightedness and determination ensured the creation of Nagaland state with special constitutional provisions as the 16th state of India on Dec 1st 1963.

                                                                                                (Sharon, IA Zunheboto)


            Along with state of Nagaland, Phek District Headquarter too celebrated its 58TH Statehood Day celebration 2020 which was held at Phek Town in Local ground on First December 2020 with Sachin Jaiswal, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Phek Nagaland as a special guest and delivered statehood day speech on the occasion.

            After the function the District Planning Development Board meeting was also held. While Phek DC speaking on the occasion, due to the lockdown many time had been spent, however we thanks to Almighty because no major casualties has been found in our district.

            He also called upon each and everyone to be attentive in our duties for smooth conducive of our district in particular and our state as a whole.

            He also thanks all the members for cooperation and their support in times of hard days and nights caused by COVID-19, however we the people of Phek District are very kind enough to be in a safe passage. While wishing all the members and the people of Phek District during in times of festive season.

                                                                                                (DPRO Phek)


            The 58th statehood day celebration was observed at Pfutsero on 1st December 2020. The programme was held at ADC office compound Pfutsero, ADC Pfutsero Phuleshe K Yepthomi took the salute and read out the Statehood day speech. The celebration was held following the Covid19 SOP protocols which was attended by department officials and public leaders.

                                                                                                (Avika, IA Pfutsero)


            The 58th statehood Day was observed at Additional Deputy Commissioner office premises Tseminyu with Tsutsowe Kupa, NCS SDO (Civil) Tseminyu as special guest who has read out the Statehood day speech. The programme was chaired by Rosy Sangtam EAC (Tsongi) under Tseminyu Sub-Division. All the heads of department attended the programme.

                                                                                                (APRO Tseminyu)


            The 58th celebration of Nagaland Statehood day was celebrated at ADC Office Complex Medziphema, Sub-Divion, on 1st December 2020 with Additional Deputy Commissioner Medziphema, Thsuvisie Phoji delivering the Statehood day speech. The 11th NAP (IR) Bn Ruzaphema led by Parade Commander Inspector W. Tiatemjen Ao took part in the celebration.

            The celebration of the Statehood day   programme was attended by selected Head of the Departments.

                                                                                                (Sashimong, IA Medziphema)


            Pughoboto Sub Division celebrated the 58th Statehood Day at the ADC Office compound on 1st December 2020. The tri colour was unfurled by the SDO (C) Longasen Lotha and took salute from the DEF Pughoboto. He also read out the Statehood Day speech. The program was attended by the officers and DBs, GBs and others.

                                                                                                (APRO Pughoboto)


            Tening Sub Division under Peren district observed 58th statehood day with rest of the state on 1st December 2020 at ADC official residence Tening.

            Tumben P. Tsanglao, Extra Assistant Commissioner unfurled the national flag which was followed by reading of the Statehood day speech. Government official from different departments, GBs and public leaders attended the statehood day celebration programme.                                                                                      (Kiso, IA Tening)