Kohima/Dimapur, August 15: Nagaland Saturday joined the Nation in celebrating the 74th Independence Day by adhering to all COVID-19 protocols of social distancing, minimal attendance and devoid of the traditional march past and cultural presentations.
The main celebration at the State Secretariat Plaza had the minimum presence of the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Assembly Speaker Sharingain Longkumer, couple of cabinet ministers, lone Rajya Sabha MP from the State, K G Kenye, senior bureaucrats, top ranking officials of the police, paramilitary and armed forces, besides a handful of head of departments.
The celebrants wore face masks while hand-sanitizers were placed at the entrance.
The CM unfurled the National Tricolour while also taking the rashtriya salute.
The customary march past was replaced with only two battalions of state police giving the guard of honour and the Police Brass Band rendering the National Anthem.
The traditional cultural shows and musical presentations by Task Force for Music and Arts, which used to be part of the celebration, were turned into virtual presentations and broadcast through the digital platforms.
Stalls of different departments showcasing their achievements were also missing this time as precautionary measures against the Coronavirus.
Celebrations in other districts and divisional headquarters were organized in token manner with Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton unfurling the National Flag in the commercial hub Dimapur while few ministers and advisors graced the occasion in at least six other districts.
While the legislators and Deputy Commissioners unfurled the national tri-colour arrangements were made to watch the live streaming of the main event throughout the State by the Department of Information and Public Relations.
Notably, among the 12 districts in the State, the newly created Noklak celebrated the occasion for the first time as the youngest district.
The then NPF led government carved out Noklak sub-division under Tuensang district in December 2017 as the 12th district but it became fully functional only on July 10 this year. Local MLA L Khumo graced the celebrations there.
“Even in the most difficult times of combating COVID-19, the Government had resolved the major differences relating to creation of Noklak district and notified it as the 12th District of the State,” said CM Rio in his Independence day speech delivered at the Secretariat Plaza.
“This has fulfilled the long cherished aspiration of the people,” he said.
Conveying good wishes to the people of Noklak, Rio hoped that there will be all round development in all spheres of activity in the new district.
Dimapur: With barely a single public in the DDSC Stadium at the 74th Independence Day, Nagaland Home Minister Y Patton unfurled the National Flag and read out the achievements and programmes of the present ruling dispensation.
The 15th Mahila Batallion and the Police Commissioner’s guard participated in the parade along with the band from the Mahila Batallion.
Among the invitees many tribal leaders were seen attending the programme dressed in their traditional attires.
The entire stretch of DDSC Stadium was overwhelmed with heavy deployment of police force manning all the entry and the exit points and except police personnel and invitees no civilians were seen inside the stadium.
Few civilians tried to enter the stadium to witness the Independence Day celebration but were not allowed entry and were told by police personnel manning the gates to move away from the area.
Frowning for not being allowed to enter the venue, a middle aged non-Naga said, “With corona everything has come to a standstill”.
Power Advisor, Tovihoto Ayemi had a brief interaction with the Home Minister and the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Rajesh Soundarajan IAS after the unfurling of the tricolour.
Noklak: Advisor, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Economics & Statistics and Evaluation, L.Khumo unfurled the National Flag during the 74th Independence Day celebration held at Noklak Hq on and took the Rashtriya Salute. The Advisor also read out the Independence Day speech.
The contingent from 3rd NAP ‘F’ Coy Noklak led by Platoon Commander P.Pukha Khiamniungan, Platoon 2i/c C.Thongo Khiamniungan and flag man Hangtoi Khiamniungan participated in the parade. National anthem was sung by Hermanas Band of Noklak town.
As part of the first Independence Day Celebration of newly form Noklak district, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) adopted two villages namely Noklak village and Kingjung village with a donation of 2500 LED bulbs for distribution to each villages which was handed over by Advisor, L.Khumo.
A collaborative effort of the District administration and EESL, it targets to make energy efficiency with the motto of bringing energy efficiency in the district within a period of one year. EESL is also empowered to set up with solar plants in the district. EESL is a government of India, a joint venture Public Sector undertaking under Ministry of Power is implementing UJALA schemes across the country.
Mokokchung: Along with the rest of the country, the 74th Indian Independence Day was celebrated at Imkongmeren Sports Complex, Mokokchung today. On the occasion, Minister for Housing & Mechanical, Nagaland, Tongpang Ozukum unfurled the National Flag and took the Rashtriya Salute, followed by delivering the Independence Day speech.
The Parade Commander was ABSI Tiakumzuk, DEF Mokokchung and 2nd in Command was Naik Mapusangba, 2nd NAP Pipe Band.
Mon: The 74th Independence Day was celebrated in Mon at local ground. Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation, Railways & Land Resources, P.Paiwang Konyak as chief guest who unfurled national flag and took salute and also read out Independence Day speech.
Parade review was done by DEF Mon. In view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic only heads of offices attended the programme.
Tuensang: Tuensang celebrated 74th Indian Independence Day at Parade Ground Tuensang. Toshi Wungtung, Advisor for IP&R, SCERT and VG was the special guest.
Review of parade was done by Rajashekara N, IPS DIG-R NAP. Only one contingent of DEF and one 3rd NAP Pipe Band participated in the parade. The contingent was led by Imtisingba Chang, ABI DEF as parade commander and Ngon Khaimniungan ABSI as platoon commander.
The district Commendation awards were also given.
Wokha: Along with the nation, Wokha district celebrated the 74th Independence Day at public ground Wokha, with Deputy Commissioner, Wokha Orenthung Lotha as the chief guest. After unfurling the National Flag, he read out the Independence Day message.
March pass display was done by DEF Wokha with ABSI Jhonronthung as the parade commander and National Anthem was played by 40 Assam Rifles, Band Party Wokha. Flag hoisting was also done in all the Government offices, institutions, official residence, private residence, shops and business establishments in the district.
Phek: The 74th Independence Day celebration was held at Phek Town Local Ground with Sachin Jaiswal, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Phek as the special guest.
He unfurled National Flag, took Rashtriya Salute with National Anthem and read out the Independence Day speech. The national flag was hoisted in all the offices and institutions even in private residents,
Peren: In Peren, Deputy Commissioner, Sentiwapang Aier unfurled the National flag, took Rashtriya salute from the parade contingents and read out Independence Day speech during the celebration programme of 74th Independence Day held at Deputy Commissioner’s Office Complex, Peren.
To mark the occasion, National flags was hoisted in all Government offices/residences/institutions. The programme culminated with beating of retreat by District Executive Force (DEF), Peren.
Longleng: In Longleng the Indian Independence Day 2020 was celebrated at public ground Longleng with M. Shayung Phom (NCS), Deputy Commissioner Longleng as special guest. He unfurled the National Flag and delivered the Independence Day speech. National anthem was sung by Nyengching ward youth.
Kiphire: Kiphire District celebrated the 74th Independence Day at the local ground Kiphire with Minister Soil & Water Conservation, Geology & Mining, V Kashiho Sangtam as the special guest, who unfurled the national flag and took salute from the parade contingents of DEF Kiphire, followed by the band display by Phelungre village guards (VGs).
Pughoboto: Pughoboto Sub division celebrated the 74th Independence Day at ADC office today. ADC Thungchanbemo Tungoe unfurled the National Flag and took the Rashtriya salute from the 8 NAP, Naltoqa ‘A’ coy Pughoboto. The chief guest also read out the speech. The National Anthem was sung by SAKK.
Jalukie: Jalukie Town celebrated the 74th Independence Day at ADC office Jalukie. ADC Jalukie, Dr Tinojongshi Chang unfurled the National flag, and took the Rastriya salute with singing of National Anthem.
Earlier, hoisting of National Flag was also done in all the Government & semi Government office, institutions and private building.
Pfutsero: Along with the rest of the nation, Pfutsero celebrated the 74th Independence Day at ADC Compound Pfutsero. ADC Pfutsero Phuleshe K Yepthomi unfurled the national flag and took the rashtriya salute and read out the speech. National anthem was sung by 14th AR D’coy Pfutsero.
Tseminyu: Tseminyu Sub-Division celebrated the 74th Independence Day with ADC W. Manpai Phom unfurling the National Flag at ADC office premises Tseminyu and took guard of honour/salute from 4th NAP ‘B’ coy and DEF Tseminyu led by Haveldar Tesilo Rengma.
National Flag was hoisted in the morning in all the Government offices, institutions in Tseminyu Town.
Chizami: Along with the rest of the country Chizami Sub-Division, Phek celebrated the 74th Independence Day at SDO(C) Office, Chizami with Vekuto Vero SDO (C), Chizami as the special guest.
Vekuto Vero unfurled the National Flag, read out the Independence Day speech and took salute from DEF Chizami.
Tening: The 74th Independence Day was celebrated at ADC official residence Tening. Rhosietho Nguori, NCS, ADC unfurled the national flag followed by national anthem and rashtriya salute in presence of government department officials, police personnel and public.
Meluri: The 74th anniversary of Indian, Independence Day was celebrated at public ground Meluri. The special guest, ADC Meluri Temjen Mhuba unfurled the national flag and took Rashtriya salute from 5th NAP which was led by Havildar Pongro Konyak. The special guest read out independence speech. The function was attended by all head of offices under Meluri sub-division.
Shamator: With the rest of the country, Shamator celebrated 74the Independence Day with Lankonsen Tsanglao, ADC Shamator as chief guest. Due to pandemic the state Celebration was held with head of departments, administration and few invitees. National song was sung by the town V.G Shamator.
Aghunato: Along with the rest of the country Aghunato HQ observed the 74th Independence Day at ADC office complex.
ADC, T. Moa Lemtor unfurled the tricolour and DBs Aghunato presented the national anthem. (Page News Service)