Prime Minister Narendra Modi today extended his wishes to the people of Nagaland on their Statehood day.

In a tweet, Mr. Modi said that India takes great pride in the culture of Nagaland, which emphasises on courage, hardwork, and living in harmony with nature. The Prime Minister said he prays for the continuous success of Nagaland in the years to come.

Nagaland is celebrating its 60th statehood day today. It became the 16th State of the Union of India on 1st December 1963. 

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will address the people of the state this morning at a state-level statehood celebration programme organised at Civil Secretariat Plaza. 

On the occasion, the Chief Minister will launch the SAHYOG project of Nagaland Police and also flag off Nagaland Police Special Operation Group Vehicles. 

On the eve of the Statehood day, the Governor of Assam & Nagaland Prof Jagdish Mukhi extended greetings to the people of the state and urged the Naga people to use the 60th Statehood Day as an opportunity to reflect on mistakes, deliberate, and engage on core issues and put in more concerted efforts towards transforming the State.
He said since attaining Statehood on December 1, 1963, the state has experienced unprecedented progress in every sector and emerged as one of the promising state in the growth narrative of our country.
He also acknowledged the pioneers and leaders who have contributed immensely to shaping the State of Nagaland, adding that these leaders with great foresight sowed the seed and nurtured the vision of an ideal Nagaland flourishing in peace, harmony, progress, and development.

The Governor noted that every citizen of the state, from farmers, entrepreneurs, sportspersons, and leaders, to missions, churches, and civil

society organizations, have a vital role, none undermining the other and can be agents of change in thrusting the State forward.

We as a State must take a pledge on this solemn day to aspire to be one such State where meritocracy, transparency, and accountability in governance have primacy over parochial and self-interest gains. This is the only way to propel Nagaland and establish itself in this otherwise fast-paced world of globalization and modernity, the Governor said in his message.

Stating that development cannot be achieved when there is an atmosphere of fear and insecurity, Prof Mukhi said we need to create a conducive environment in all manners so that children can thrive and not only survive.
He said, we need to empower the youth and make them job creators so that they can also contribute to the economic development of North East India in general and Nagaland in particular.
To this, the Governor suggested that many of the educated youth can take up agriculture and contribute to making a Self-Reliant India. He said, there is a lot of scope in agriculture.

The Governor also noted that women empowerment is fundamental to the progress of any society.  No nation can progress socially or economically if its women are left behind.
If the women are not empowered, if they are not safe, if gender discrimination exists, then the society cannot progress and prosper, he added.
Nothing that the people, young and old alike, desire for a developed, progressive, peaceful, and vibrant Nagaland, Governor Mukhi urged everyone to come together infused with the spirit of fraternity and join hands to build a better and transformed Nagaland for posterity,” and take the State and its people to greater heights and glory.

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