Dimapur, May 15: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Friday stressed on the need for Nagaland to become self sufficient. He called upon the people of the State to work towards becoming self reliant.
The Chief Minister was addressing a meeting of officers and NGOs representing Sumi and Chakhesang community at Zunheboto and Phek respectively on May 15.
Commenting on the lockdown and the difficulties faced by people in procuring essential items in his address, the CM said. “We have to learn how to be self sufficient and everyone must work towards being self reliant.”
On the COVID-19 pandemic raging across the world and India, the Chief Minister stated that Nagaland is better prepared today tackle the pandemic.
Appreciating everyone for coming forward and working together, especially civil societies, administration, police, medical department and even the Opposition parties, he added, “By the grace of God, we are a little more prepared today then we were yesterday.”
In the meeting, the CM called upon everyone to give their best in the fight against COVID-19, and thanked the District administration, police department, medical staffs and NGOs for giving the best effort in fighting the disease.
He said Nagaland is in a green zone till now, however “we need to be alert” and appealed to the people to stay at home for safety measures. He also thanked church leaders for taking equal responsibility.
Rio also thanked God for keeping Nagaland safe. “We are a testament of His grace and protection,” he said while stating that even developed countries like the United States and European countries are suffering due to the pandemic. He reminded that people are not just dying but the pandemic is affecting our economies and other critical aspects also.
Deputy Chief Minister Y. Patton, who accompanied the CM, also appreciated and thanked civil societies for their full cooperation and support.
At Phek, short speeches were given by S. Pangnyu Phom, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Neiba Kronu, Minister for Planning & Coordination and Land Revenue, Kuzholuzo Nienu, MLA and CPO president Mikha Kenye.
During the visit, the CM was accompanied by Minister for Health & Family Welfare, S. Pangnyu Phom, Minister Agriculture, G. Kaito Aye, Advisor School Education, K.T. Sukhalu and Advisor, Tourism, Art and Culture, Khehovi Yepthomi. The Chief Minister inspected the various arrangements made at the COVID-Hospital Zunheboto and District Hospital Phek. (Page News Service)