Nagalim: "Peace for Development and Development for Peace"
Unfurling the Tri-colour at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat on the 57th Republic Day, Mr Datta said the Nagas were standing at the crossroad of history with a great opportunity to mobilise the natural and human resources for fast economic growth and development.
He said the state has adopted a slogan ''Peace for development and development for peace''.
The Governor hoped that the overwhelming desire of the Naga people for lasting peace would facilitate the extension of the current ceasefire beyond January 31, 2006 and lead to an amicable settlement of the Naga issue.
The Governor said the government was fully committed to act as a 'catalyst' to the peace process and appealed to all the underground groups to refrain from militant activities in order to create a conducive environment for consolidation of the peace process.
''The government, with its positive and futuristic policies was gradually shifting the focus of the youth from violence and insurgency to development,'' Mr Datta said.
The year 2004-2005 was declared as the year of 'Youth Empowerment' with grand success.
He informed that the government had set up a music task force to promote music as an industry and a number of sports facilities were being constructed all over the state.
Mr Datta took salute of 13 contingents, belonging to Assam Rifles, CRPF, Indian Reserve Battalion, District executive force, Nagaland armed police, home guards, ex-servicemen and the NCC.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, his cabinet colleagues, government officials, police and army officials were also present on the occasion.