Civic reception held for President Droupadi in Nagaland

(Photo: Droupadi Murmu President of India/Twitter)

Dimapur: President of India, Droupadi Murmu, while stating that the ‘Act East Policy’ of the Government of India focuses on the overall development of the North-East Region, said that the inauguration of several roads and bridges under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana will give a new boost to the connectivity in the region.

The President of India said this in Kohima today. She arrived in Nagaland today by Indian Airforce Aircraft BBJ on a two-day visit.

On arrival, the President was received by Governor of Nagaland and Assam, Jagdish Mukhi, Chief of Staff, Sumit Talwar, Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Sachin Jaiswal and Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo from the airport.

Meanwhile, on her arrival at the Assam Rifles helipad in Kohima, President Droupadi Murmu was accorded a guard of honour by the 44 Mountain Brigade, 1 Battalion 3 Core Gorkha Rifles.

Governor of Nagaland, Prof Jagdish Mukhi and Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio and Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland, Y. Patton, Chief Secretary of Nagaland, J Alam, DGP of Nagaland, TJ Longkumer, Major General Vikas Lakhera IG of Assam Rifles, Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, Shanavas C and Sr SP of Kohima, Kevithuto Sophie received the President at the helipad.

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Civil reception in honour of the President of India, Droupadi Murmu was held at the Capital Cultural Hall, Kohima today.

The President, while addressing the people of Nagaland, thanked the State Government and the people for the warm reception accorded to her, and said that this is her second visit to the North-East in less than a month, which she added, highlights the new national commitment to the people of the region. With her visit to Nagaland coinciding with the inauguration of various projects related to education, road infrastructure and finance in the State, she expressed confidence that these projects will improve literacy and ease of living, and boost tourism and the economy of the State.

As Nagaland celebrates 60 years of statehood in a few weeks’ time, the President expressed hope that all the Naga people will take the fullest advantage of the fresh opportunities accorded to them and share in the building up of prosperity and progress in the country. She stated that Nagaland has tremendous potential in tourism, and that Nagas with their vibrant culture and rich heritage exemplify the motto of ‘Unity in Diversity.’ She added that the Hornbill Festival has become a popular platform for capturing and showcasing the colourful and beautiful culture of the State, and conveyed her best wishes for the success of the upcoming Hornbill Festival.

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Calling the Naga youth as immensely talented and creative, with skilled young men and women of Nagaland, well-versed in the English language, working in the IT, hospitality and other sectors across India, the President said that providing them a holistic education remains the key to help them achieve their true potential.

President Murmu also lauded Nagaland for introducing the pioneering concept of communitisation with the aim of building a partnership between the government and the community, good effective management of the public sector institutions to improve service delivery.

She also praised the good quality agro and horticultural produce of Nagaland, and said that the opening of ‘Naturally Nagaland’ outlets by the State Government has provided a new platform to local entrepreneurs, farmers and weavers to sell traditional handicrafts and handlooms. Pointing that the literacy rate of women in the State is higher than the national average, and that Nagaland is the safest place for women in the country, Murmu urged the women of Nagaland to come forward and get more involved in public life, adding that they can give a new dimension to the development journey of Nagaland.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said the people of the State are grateful for the President of India’s visit to Nagaland, and also appreciated the President for virtually inaugurating and laying the foundation stones for many institutions and launching of projects, which he said will be kept as memories in the history of the State progress. Rio mentioned that President Droupadi Murmu is the first tribal woman President of India and also the first tribal woman to be the Governor of Jharkhand, and she has dedicated her life for the public, holding many public offices and contributed immensely to various reforms and initiatives for spread of education especially amongst the tribals. 

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The Chief Minister mentioned about the successful development initiatives like Village Council, VDBs, Communalization, Local Development Funds which has built the social capital and traditional strength of the community. He also stated that the State has organic agricultural and horticulture products, rich floriculture and rich traditional handicrafts and handlooms which are getting wider recognition. 

Rio said that the people of the State and representatives were happy over her victory in the presidential elections. He said the people of the State place on record to the Government of India for the special provision extended to Nagaland state by incorporating Article 371-A in the Constitution of India, whereby land and its resources, traditional customs and practices are protected. He also stated that Nagaland formed in 1963 has made developments and people are much better off economically today, but much to be done, for which the people seek guidance and support even in the days to come.


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