Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio addressing the 74th Khonoma Rüffüno anniversary at Khonoma on September 1. (Morung Photo)
Khonoma | September 1
Nagaland’s Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today extended his support to the student bodies for carrying drive against the “influx of illegal immigrants” into the state. He said that a collective effort is needed to address the issue.
Addressing the 74th Khonoma Rüffüno anniversary here, Rio said, valid documents need to be properly checked and recorded at all levels be it shopkeepers, construction workers, employees in both government and private sectors.
The event took place here today with much pomp and gaiety with the Chief Minister as special guest. A 21 gun-shot salute was accorded to Rio on his arrival along with Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker Er.Vikho-o Yhoshu and several other legislators.
Rio urged the owner of commercial buildings and employers to check the documents of outsiders and added that the government has decided to computerise Inner Line Permit (ILP) for outsiders entry in our state.
The Chief Minister also sought proper record from the various quarters to enable the government to curb the influx of undocumented immigrants into the state. He said the government alone cannot maintain it unless everyone become a stakeholder. He said only when the people develop work ethics then the state can tackle the problems.
“We are unemployed in our own land whereas outsiders are employed in our land” he lamented.
On the problems of land acquisition faced during development, he urged the people to pave way for smooth transaction for development purposes.
Rio remarked that when he approached the central ministry for trans-Nagaland highway, the ministry people said they are willing to provide fund for development but complaint that the cost of land acquisition becomes more than the project itself.
He expressed optimism that with cooperation of the people Kohima airport project will materialise soon along with the four-lane national highway which is already in progress.
On bad roads, Rio pointed out that poor workmanship and lack of adequate funds are the reasons for poor drainage and road system in the state, he, however, said that the government has made it’s priority to develop good roads at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Rio lauded the people of Khonoma and Poilwa for agreeing to provide water to Kohima town which is a very important factor in order to become a smart city.
He mentioned that the government is also contemplating on providing benefits to the villages which contribute water to Kohima town.
Rio also called upon the people to maintain peace and unity for all round development. “Everything is possible through unity,” he said adding that peace and unity is prerequisite for a progressive society. He said the government is all out to bring peace and oneness among the Nagas, adding that “unity” has also been inserted in the state logo as it is crucial to build unity among the Nagas. Unity is the need of the hour, he said adding that unity has become more important in this current scenario of so much division in the society.
Also urging the people to abstain themselves from individualism, Rio challenged each and every individual to embrace on the spirit of ‘Nagaism’ for the welfare and betterment of the Naga society.
Also speaking on the occasion, prominent peace activist Niketu Iralu said learning from failures and shortcomings in our thinking and action “we also are encouraged by some small step taken in faith steering us in the right direction.” One of them is the determined attempt being made in the Western Angami villages also towards the ending of killing of birds and animals, and wanton denudation of forest.
He said the thinking is thoroughly Christian and so there is no reason why it should fail. “This kind of enlightened initiatives to care for the environment, succeeding better elsewhere in Nagaland, is becoming a new normal,” he said.
Iralu said that a stand taken recently by WAPO and CAPO that enabled work to start on the construction of the 4-lane Dimapur- Kohima highway has certainly fed our spirit and show us better ideas for dealing with problems.
Chairing the function, Khonoma Rüffüno Nagaland (KRN) president Huzo Meru urged the government to improve the road condition in Nagaland and also take step to declare “Year of Drainage,” “Year of Road” to effectively pursue the matter. Kovor Kuotsu pronounced elderly blessings.
Earlier, Khonoma Village Council Chairman Nisamezo Pier shared greetings while Khonoma Nature Conservation & Tragopan Sanctuary Trust President Khriekhoto Mor proposed the vote of thanks.