Kohima: Dubbed as the “brotherhood district” by Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, the state’s newest district, Shamator, was formally inaugurated on Friday. 

Shamator was granted a district status in January following a state Cabinet meeting, days after a memorandum of understanding was inked between two tribal councils–Yimkhiung Tribal Council (YTC) and the Tikhir Tribal Council (TTC) — where it was agreed that no coercive measure is to be adopted by any of the tribal councils. 

Addressing the people during the inauguration ceremony, Rio urged the gathering to put behind the past misunderstandings, encouraging them to reconcile and coexist peacefully. 

Despite the complications faced ahead of creating the district, he acknowledged the leaders for coming together and working out on the differences. While Shamator became the 16th district of Nagaland, Tikhir was also declared a major Naga tribe.

The Chief Minister appealed to the people of the district to maintain a peaceful and harmonious environment for the society to move progress.

To develop the district, Rio said that the top priority should be on developing better road connectivity. He informed that a proposal called Trans-National Highway, connecting Showuba, Dimapur to Pangsha, Noklak via Chessore and Shamator, has been forwarded to the Central government. 

The CM also announced that a cooperative bank will be set up at Chessore. As per a DIPR update, Rio also urged the people to come up with a tourist map as the district have a major tourism potential. 

For developmental activities to propel, he advised the people to do away with land disputes, and instead provide land to the Government for development purposes.
Advisor, IPR and Village Guards, S Keoshu Yimkhiung, who hosted the inauguration ceremony, urged the people to coexist peacefully for the mutual benefit of all. 

Deputy commissioner (DC) of Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant assured support and cooperation of the people of Tuensang saying that it will be like a parent to the new district. 

DC Shamator, Thsüvisie Phoji said Shamator district has a population of 34,223 (2011 census) with a literacy rate of 68.79%. 

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