Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio Credit: Twitter

Kohima: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday inaugurated Noklak as the twelfth district of the state.

“Grateful to God for the inaugural of Noklak district, the 12th district of Nagaland. I convey my best wishes to the people of Noklak & wish them peace & good health. I hope they set a good example, have a competitive spirit & cooperate with the government for all round-development,” the chief minister said.

The Chief Minister along with the Deputy Chief Minister and others attended the inaugural ceremony held at Noklak on Wednesday.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Noklak District cum khaozaosie- Hok-Ah festival as special Guest, CM expressed his best wishes to the people of Noklak and hoped that Noklak district shall set a good example further encouraging all to have a competitive spirit and to co-operate with the government for all-round development. He called upon the people of Noklak district to be self-sufficient and encourage the young people to start modern farming.

Chief Minister also tagged the district as ‘Frontier District’. Noklak is located in the international boundary with Myanmar, which connects to other east and south-east countries. He called upon all to safeguard and to protect the region. With regards to the COVID-19 vaccine, Rio mentioned that preference would be given to healthcare workers, frontal workers, and elderly people above 50 years.

“As Noklak is formally inaugurated today, I congratulate the people of the newest district in Nagaland. It’s a red-letter day and fulfilment of the dreams of the people,” deputy chief minister Y Patton tweeted.

He added that the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) is working tirelessly for the welfare of people and that the inauguration of Noklak is a “manifestation of its concerns”.

He further said that Noklak has miles to go and needs the collective contributions of both the Government and the people to make it the “Noklak of our dreams”.

“The story of the district has just begun, and there’ll be hurdles and confusions, but I’d like to appeal to all the people of the new district to be magnanimous in their approach towards settling issues and disputes,” he added.

On December 21, 2017, the Nagaland government upgraded Noklak sub-division into a full-fledged district, making it the 12th district in the state, the jurisdiction for which comprises the erstwhile Noklak sub-division under Tuensang district. Noklak became the third district to be bifurcated out of Tuensang district since 2004 when Kiphire and Longleng districts were created.

However, Noklak remained a sub-division till July 10 last year when Nagaland chief secretary Temjen Toy notified about the up-gradation of the post of Additional Deputy Commission, Noklak to that of Deputy Commissioner, Noklak.

The notification was issued in continuation of the Home department notification dated December 21, 2017, which upgraded Noklak-subdivision under Tuensang district to a full-fledged district.

Through a notification on July 30, the additional deputy commissioner Reny Wilfred IAS, from Kiphrie was transferred to become the new deputy commissioner of Noklak district Nagaland. The same day, the home department also appointed Dr Pritpal Kaur Batra, IPS as the new superintendent of Noklak district in Nagaland.

On August 7 last year, both Wilfred and Batra were accorded with grand welcome during a small ceremony held at the DC Office Complex in Noklak as the first deputy commissioner (DC) and superintendent of police (SP) of Noklak.

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