NAGALAND POST —-Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was fully committed to fulfil the aspirations of Naga people for a brighter tomorrow, and which they rightfully deserved.
HM remarked that Nagaland had an opportunity to lead the North Eastern States to the path of peace, stability, prosperity and growth. He exuded confidence for a peaceful, vibrant, colourful and energetic Nagaland that would set an example for other States to emulate.
Attending the eighth day of Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on HM said the enchanting festival marked the onset of festive season and charmed visitors from both India and across the world. He said it was a prominent landmark in the socio-cultural lives of the people of Nagaland and reflected unity in diversity of the State.
With participation of tribes from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Madhya Pradesh, the festival also symbolized the strength of the nation and the feeling of unity in diversity in the true spirit of “Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat”
The Minister said 15 Indian Reserve Mahila Battalion had redefined policing in India and that women police stations were set up in Kohima and Dimapur. He hoped other districts too will follow suit to ensure safety and security of women and children.
He also lauded Naga regiment and Indian Reserve Battalion jawans for playing a critical role in combating Left-wing extremists in Naxal-affected areas of West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand.
He said he had directed Delhi Police to ensure that people from Northeast were treated with respect and that a special recruitment drive for people from the region was carried out to serve in the police for better interpersonal relations.
On development sector, the Minister said infrastructure development was the key to help Nagaland catch up with advanced States in terms of economic development and connectivity within the State and with other North-eastern States that would help create opportunities for business and trade.
Singh said on completion of road projects and initiatives taken up by the Centre, Nagaland would be transformed, and direct connectivity with South East Asian countries would provide huge market for its local products.
Adviser in Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Dr. Hari Krishna Paliwal, host of cabinet ministers, legislators and government officials also attended the event.
(BRIEF BY SHAILESH KUMAR)