KOHIMA: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio marked Nagaland’s 61st Statehood Day with a call for unity and resolution, addressing the gathering at the Civil Secretariat in Kohima on Friday.
Reflecting on the six decades of Nagaland’s statehood, Rio acknowledged the challenges and triumphs that shaped the state’s indomitable spirit.
The Chief Minister highlighted the collective responsibility to carry forward the legacy, fostering a sense of belonging and pride among the Nagas.
“As we unite to commemorate 60 years of our statehood, let us reflect on the remarkable and eventful journey we have traversed. The challenges and adversities encountered along the way tested the spirit of our people, ultimately making us stronger, wiser, and more united,” he was quoted as saying.
While celebrating the state’s journey of resilience and progress, Rio also urged Naga political groups, the Centre, and other stakeholders to overcome differences and work towards a peaceful resolution of the longstanding Naga Political Issue (NPI).
“While making all efforts to continue marching on the path of development and progress, we continue to give top most priority to the peaceful resolution of the Naga Political Issue (NPI), which has been the innermost desire of our people for a very long time,” he said.
Addressing historical and geographical disparities, Rio acknowledged that there is still less socio-economic and infrastructure development in the Eastern Nagaland region compared to the rest of the state.
“We have done a lot, but much more remains to be done. Let me assure the people of Eastern Nagaland that both the Central and state governments are keen and committed, not only to continue these special measures but to do even more,” he said.
Rio also acknowledged ongoing dialogues with Eastern Nagaland people who are demanding separate statehood. He appealed to them to resolve grievances through dialogue and understanding, stressing on the true spirit of Naga brotherhood.