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Hornbill Fest has exponentially grown in scope, scale and stature: Admiral Kumar

Admiral Kumar

Asks youths of Nagaland & Northeast to join Navy

KOHIMA, DECEMBER 7: Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R Hari Kumar today said that over the years the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland has exponentially grown in scope, scale and stature to become a landmark event in tourist calendars across the globe.
Speaking as chief guest of the afternoon cultural connect on the 7th day of the 10-day long Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage village Kisama, Admiral Kumar described the Festival as a reflection of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (One India Perfect India).
Expressing happiness that India has recently assumed the G20 presidency, he said “The Hornbill festival is being showcased at G20 in pursuance of its inclusivity – One birth, one family and one future.”
Stating that it is truly fascinating to see the diverse display of culture, tradition, customs, songs, art and food, etc. in just one place, the Naval Chief wished that the festival becomes even more famous and gets celebrated on a larger scale as the years go by.
Meanwhile, addressing a press conference at the Navy Pavilion at Kisama, Admiral Kumar called upon the youths of the Northeastern States to join the Navy and serve the nation in various capacities.
“We are here to create more awareness among Nagaland and the Northeastern States on what the Navy does because the Navy is said to be silent servers as the ships operate in places where there is harbor”, he said.
Informing that about 200 personnel from Nagaland are serving with pride in different capabilities in the Navy but the number as compared to the population is too less, he said that Indian Navy has been interacting with students at various schools in Nagaland with an aim to spread the message that Navy is a wonderful service and it offers a lot of opportunities for the youth to join and to enrich themselves with the kind of technologies and skills they will get exposed in the Navy and also serve the Nation in various capacities.
He also said that Agniveer scheme is also being implemented by the Navy, whereby the youth can serve for four years and thereafter continue based on the experience and certification or choose other professions.
The scheme has been opened to the women and they can also join the Navy in the ranks. “All officer cadres also opened to women and it is a revolutionary change that the Navy has brought about”, he said.
He hoped that more and more youth from Nagaland and Northeast will take the opportunity to join the Navy and serve the nation.
Admiral Kumar also informed that the Navy would soon sign MoU with start-ups in Nagaland so as support and take the various technologies forward.
The 7th day of the Hornbill festival had cultural presentations from the 8 States of the Northeastern performing colourful cultural dance and songs under the aegis of North East Zonal Cultural Centre (NEZCC) Dimapur.
Chairman and Managing Director of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation YK Chaubey graced the morning session.
(Page News Service)