Kohima, March 8 : Newly sworn-in Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday said the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) coalition government will redraw a new roadmap of progressive development in galand.
“We have committed in our manifesto that we will remove VIP culture from galand. We will ensure that the citizens of the state are the real VIPs,” Rio said after he took oath as Chief Minister for the fourth time.
The PDA includes 18 members from tiolist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), 12 from BJP, one from the Jata Dal-United and an Independent in the 60-member state assembly.
“Our alliance has come to power on the back of a campaign that promised change,” he said.
Promising good governce, rule of transparency and commitment to bring about a culture of meritocracy, Rio said: “We will redraw a new roadmap of progressive development in a manner that is all inclusive and involves all stakeholders.”
The veteran ga politician promised the Chief Ministers of Assam (Sarbanda Sonowal), Aruchal Pradesh (Pema Khandu), Manipur (N. Biren Singh) and Meghalaya (Conrad Sangma) the fullest cooperation of his government to work together under a spirit of unity and understanding in the greater interest of the people.
On the ongoing ga peace dialogue, the Chief Minister said the alliance remained committed to its promise of facilitating the peace process.
“We will make every effort to contribute towards achievement of an honourable solution that is inclusive and acceptable to the people as early as possible.
“We will extend our fullest cooperation to the Centre under Prime Minister rendra Modi in our collective endeavour to bring lasting peace and all round development in galand,” he added.
He expressed hope that both the treasury and opposition would work together in a constructive manner in order to bring about economic growth and all round development.
“We will bring change, we will work for all sections and we will leave no one behind,” the Chief Minister stated.
“We are honoured to have Union Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman,” Rio said, on the day, which was also celebrated as “Intertiol Women’s Day” and added that his party “NDPP stands for women empowerment and gender equality”. (IANS)