Kohima: The nation`s 66th Independence Day was celebrated peacefully in Nagaland on Wednesday with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio asking underground groups to uphold their commitment for peace and re-conciliation among themselves.
Unfurling the tricolour at the civil secretariat ground, Rio also appealed to them to "listen to the voice of the people, who are crying for an honourable settlement of the six-decade-old Naga political issue".
An endeavour for re-conciliation among various underground groups continued under the initiative of Forum for Naga Re-conciliation with active support from the Churches, tribal hohos (councils) and civil societies, he said.
For the first time in the state`s history, all the 60 MLAs cutting across party lines came together and adopted a resolution on July 19 to urge negotiating parties to expedite the on-going peace talks for an honourable solution of the Naga political problem, he said.
The MLAs also met central leaders in New Delhi and urged the Centre to expedite the peace talks, Rio said.
"It is matter of great satisfaction that we have enjoyed relative peace during the last few years barring a few incidents of factional fightings," Rio said and lauded the roles of Churches, hohos, civil societies, police and security forces in maintaining peace and normalcy in the state.
The chief minister also mentioned about the special plan allocation of Rs 330 crore made by the plan panel for four underdeveloped border districts of Nagaland.
Since attaining statehood in 1960s, Nagaland has made rapid development in all spheres, but a lot more needed to be done, the chief minister said.
Unlike several other states in the Northeast, no organisation has called for strike today in Nagaland.