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Work for peace & unity: Rio

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Mon, November 10: MP (Lok Sabha) Neiphiu Rio today called upon the people to work for peace and unity setting aside individual interest as that will facilitate solution, development, employment, etc.

Addressing the inaugural programme of Totok Omlen Village, Mon, Rio conveyed greetings to the villagers upon getting Government recognition and said, "When there is peace and unity, our problems can be solved."

Hailing Konyaks as the largest Naga tribe inhabiting Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar, the MP stressed on the importance of unity and urged them to be an example to other Naga tribes. He said that the people of the area were behind only in terms of education and development. "As a people you are not backward but at par with any other Naga tribe," he stated.

The MP expressed concern about the Human Development Reports of the District which recorded the lowest literacy rate at 57%, lowest per capita income and lowest life expectancy rate at 75 years on average.

 Stating that 70% of Nagaland's population was still rural, Rio challenged the Konyak Union, the gazetted officers, the various unions and the people to establish urban towns and cities in the plain areas of the district like Tizit in order to be more accessible and boost their economy. "Westerners were also savages once upon a time. But as they got civilized, with time, they began to move towards the plains to be more accessible and therefore, you will find that most cities are built in coastal areas, or near rivers, and valleys. This not only makes the area more accessible but also boosts the economy through increased trade and commerce," he said. He informed that the Railway line from Dimapur to Tizit and further on to Arunachal Pradesh has been approved while a four-lane expressway along the same route is in the offing.

Rio donated an ambulance to the Konyaks and handed over the same to the District administration in line with his gesture of donating an ambulance each to all the tribes of Eastern Nagaland. While suggesting that the Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (KNSK) or Konyak Mothers' Association can manage the ambulance service, he however called upon the Konyak Union and its frontal organisations to discuss and finalise the same with the District administration.

Adviser, DUDA and NEPED, S. Pangnyu Phom who also spoke on the occasion said the Phoms and Konyaks are not different from each other and called upon the people of the village to always remember all those who were instrumental in establishing and getting the village recognized. He expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister and the Cabinet for approving the recognition of Totok Omlen.

Those who attended the programme included Adviser DUDA & NEPED S. Pangnyu Phom; Parliamentary Secretary NRLM & Evaluation Pohwang Konyak; Parliamentary Secretary for Sericulture, Home Guards and Civil Defence, Namri Nchang; ENPO President Khoiwang Konyak; Angh of Totok Chingha and Totok Omlen, Khanjai; Chief Angh of Totok Chingnyu, Tongam besides others. 

(Page News Service) 


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