Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio taking the salute from parade contingents during the 57th Statehood Day celebration in Kohima on Sunday.

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Sunday said the negotiations between the various Naga political groups and the government of India have concluded.

“We are poised on the verge of history being made, as we could be very close to the final solution,” chief minister Neiphiu Rio while addressing the 57th Nagaland Statehood Day celebrations at Kohima.

Rio said the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) on Naga Political Issue welcomed the proactive role played by the mass-based organizations.

The tribal hohos, NGOs, churches and civil societies made all out efforts to create a congenial atmosphere to ensure that the negotiations were headed in a positive direction, he said.

Rio added an appeal has been made by the JLF to the people of the neighbouring states of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam to extend all possible cooperation so that the peace process can conclude in a successful manner which will enable peace and stability in the entire region.

The chief minister expressed appreciation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and Nagaland governor and Centre’s interlocutor for Naga talks R.N. Ravi for carrying forward the peace process in a concrete manner.

Their efforts have resulted in bringing consensus among all the negotiating parties for successful conclusions of the negotiations on a positive note.

Prime Minister Modi greeted the people of Nagaland on its 57th Statehood Day.

“Best wishes to my sisters and brothers of Nagaland on their Statehood Day. This state is known for its great culture. The people of Nagaland are compassionate and courageous,” Modi tweeted.

 IAF flies Sukhoi 30 MKI

The Indian Air Force’s Eastern Air Command headquarters, Shillong, flew three superior multi-role state-of-the-art fighter aircraft Sukhoi 30 MKI from Chabua airbase in Assam to Kisama in Kohima to commemorate the Statehood Day.

Police Uniform Code

On the occasion, Rio released the Police Uniform Code (PUC) which outlines the expectations for all members of Nagaland Police to adhere to guidelines.

The PUC is also meant to streamline and regulate police uniform upkeep and usage and to standardize the dress and appearance of all uniformed police officers and other ranks in the state police.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com