Kohima: Nagaland on Tuesday observed the 59th Statehood Day at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat Plaza in Kohima. This year’s celebrations coincide with the ongoing nationwide celebration commemorating 75 years of India’s Independence ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

“It is close to six decades since we got our Statehood. In this period, the quality of life of our people has improved significantly. The expansion of health and education facilities, the road and power infrastructure has been especially impressive. Despite achievements in various fields, a lot remains to be done,” Rio told the people.

He assured that the state government is committed to taking necessary steps for all-round development and ensuring that our people are provided with the best opportunities for growth and progress.

As Nagaland occupies a unique position in the Indian Union with special provisions in the Constitution, he said that Nagas continue to earnestly wait for a solution to the Naga political issue.

“The dialogue and negotiations between the Government of India and the Naga Political Groups have reached a stage that gives us hope of an early resolution. On our part, all the elected leaders of the state have come together to form an opposition-less government in the form of the United Democratic Alliance in our effort to facilitate an early settlement of the Naga Political Issue. Through this united front, we aim to convey the voice of the people to all stakeholders involved in the negotiations,” he said.

During the celebration, Rio took salute from eight march past contingents- 4th NAP Bn, DEF Kohima, STF, 9th NAP(IR)Bn,13th NAP(IR)Bn, 15th NAP(IR) Mahila Bn, NPTS Brass Band,15th NAP(IR) Mahila Pipe Band. Later, he launched the National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy (NIPUN Bharat) in Nagaland and inaugurated the photography exhibition on glimpses of the history of Nagaland.

PM wishes people of Nagaland on statehood day

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