Kohima, November 27: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today kept alive the Rengma people’s demand for up-gradation of Tseminyu sub-division to District status by assuring that the Government will look into their Tseminyu district demand.
“Population is less but depending on the progress and development of the town, the Government will determine and see to it”, he said while addressing the Ngada Mini-Hornbill Festival at RSA Ground, Tseminyu Old Town on Wednesday.
The CM, however, did not fail to point out that Nagaland is not even the size of the biggest district in India which is in Gujarat and which is three times bigger the size of Nagaland State.
“But in our State there are many tribes and areas which make it difficult to administer and that is why there are so many so districts in our State,” he said.
Rio agreed that the Rengma people have the right to demand what they think is legitimate, and encouraged them by saying that the quality of the community matters and “you should excel and show something extraordinary from the others.” He assured that the Government will study their demand see what can be done.
“It depends on Government decision after due consideration in all sectors,” he said.
On Naga political issue, Rio said there should be unity among Nagas for an early settlement. He informed that there were some inconclusive negotiations that needs further negotiations and expressed hoped for early inking of a settlement.
On the occasion, Rio also urged the Rengma people to be hardworking so that they can exploit their fertile land for surplus production and uplift their economy.
“I believe that you can progress in this matter and extend your economy,” he added.
Advisor for Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services and Women Development, R Khing delivered Ngada greetings, while Rengma Hoho president Kenyuseng Tep delivered the welcome address on the occasion. Folk songs and dances from Rengma villages and groups and Touphema Cultural troupes were some of the highlights of the celebration.
Earlier, in commemoration of 50 years of Tseminyu New Town a memorial monolith was unveiled and inaugurated on behalf of the Chief Minister by Minister for Soil and Water Conservation, Khashiho Sangtam, after which the Minister read out the speech of the CM. (Page News Service)