Kohima: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio urged the people of Nagaland to take a pledge to re-dedicate and work sincerely for bringing positive developments in the state on the occasion of India’s Independence Day.

Rio, while addressing the people at the Nagaland Secretariat, urged the need to bring development in areas where the state is lagging, with the hope that Nagaland will soon be counted amongst the most developed and progressive states of the country.

“It is our dream and our aspiration to take Nagaland forward in a progressive manner and I look forward to the cooperation and participation of all citizens, especially the youth, in our common quest to make Nagaland a much better place for the present and future generations,” said Rio.

On the Naga political issue, Rio said that as part of India, Nagas continue to be in pursuit of the final solution. He said that all members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) “have come together, irrespective of party affiliations on the Naga political issue and common people’s issue”.

The CM also extended his deepest appreciation to all the healthcare workers and frontline workers in the state for their enormous sacrifices in battling against COVID-19. The CM further lauded Indian Olympians for their remarkable performances in the recently concluded Olympics at Tokyo.

This year, the governor’s gold medal was awarded to Shanavas C, IAS, principal director of School Education, Khetoshe Sumi, havildar from District Executive Force (DEF) Dimapur, Rattle and Hum Society, an NGO based in Kohima, Er Vizotuo Seletsu of PWD(R&B) South division Kohima, Er Talitemjen of PWD (R&B) Dimapur, and Ilika Zhimomi, SDO(C) Mon. 14 persons in total were awarded the Governor’s commendation certificate.

Before the grand celebration of the 75th Indian Independence day at the Secretariat, the National flag was hoisted in all government offices, institutions and public buildings.

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