Eight yrs on Team Rio eyes third term

State Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio speaking at the Thanksgiving programme to commemorate the completion of 3 years of the 2nd term of DAN government at State Banquet Hall, Kohima on March 12, 2011 (DIPR)
Kohima | March 12 : Completing 3 years in the office of 2nd term for the “Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN)” ministry in Nagaland, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today appealed to all section of people to continue their support to the government and also extend cooperation towards the government policies and programmes, all of which have a common goal of bringing all round growth to the State. Rio also challenged the “DAN” partners not to rest on its laurels but to be grateful to God, while working harder than ever before to form a government for the third successive time.
 “Even as we complete the third year of our second term in office, it is also a time to do some introspection and question ourselves on our achievements and contributions,” said Rio at the Thanksgiving Service of the completion of 3 years of “DAN’s” 2nd term at the State’s Banquet Hall this evening. Public service has to be a life of humility and sacrifice in the general interest of the people, Rio said adding that any semblance of arrogance, complacency and display of materialism will contribute towards our downfall.
Stating that the dangers and unseen challenges were perhaps more from within than from outside, Rio challenged the “DAN partners” to rededicate “our commitment towards the people who have placed their faith and confidence in us.” “Let us not allow our adversaries to gain from our weakness rather let us be more united, more hardworking and more cohesive as we strive to fulfill our commitments.” Rio said. Rio congratulated each and every member of the “DAN” on crossing a major milestone, and looks forward to their continual cooperation and support in serving the people of the state.
Acknowledging all members of “DAN”, especially the elected members who have reposed their faith in his leadership, he also expressed gratitude to different political parties and their leaders, who have been and are still a part of “DAN” ever since its inception.
“Your confidence in my leadership has been a great motivating and inspiring factor in our common journey for the past eight years. God has been kind to us and the response of the people has been overwhelming,” Rio said. Rio lauded the tireless efforts of the Political Affairs Committee, whose members have spared no effort to create a congenial atmosphere for the peace process. “They have made significant contributions in creating better understanding among different sections and a relatively peaceful atmosphere in the state.”
He thanked the people across the length and breadth of the state for their continued support and cooperation and at the same time gave special thanks to the civil societies, mass based organizations’ and NGOs who had given their cooperation and support.
Complimenting the exceptional leadership of NPF president Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu, the chief minister said “He has been providing able leadership and under this stewardship, our party has made a great deal of progress.” Minister for Urban Development, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu, in his speech congratulated the Chief Minister for effectively and efficiently handling the affairs of the state. He also thanked the Chief Secretary and all the government officials for extending their support and cooperation. Although the event is a time for celebration, the Minister said that it is also a time for retrospection since there is still a lot to be done in all fronts.
Minister for Home, Imkong L. Imchen in his speech said that the Government has made a lot of achievements in its tenure and thanked the Chief Minister for his dependable and satisfying leadership under whose command the “DAN” Government has been ruling for the last eight years. Stating that only stability brings development he sought cooperation from all and thanked God for the amazing grace.
In his short speech, Minister, Roads & Bridges, G. Kaito Aye said that the Government is celebrating the completion of its term year after year because of stability for which he expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister under whose leadership stability has been brought to the State. He called upon all concerned to adopt the slogan of unity and also sought for co-operation from the people for progress and development. He added that legislators should be responsible to look after the comfort of the people and called upon all to unite to achieve more and more
Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development Pangnyu Phom acknowledged the collective leadership under the Chief Minister and said that they are privileged to serve the people of Nagaland despite all challenges. He said that the face of Nagaland has changed in every aspect of political, social and economic life and is moving towards a better future. Dr. Anjo Keikung, general secretary NBCC also spoke on the occasion and said benediction. The function was chaired by Deo Nukhu, Advisor, Art & Culture while Rev. K. Luruo, state chaplain said invocation. Chang Choir Kohima and legislators of DAN presented special song.