Kohima, August 15 (NEx): Nagaland joined the rest of the nation on August 15, 2020 to celebrate India’s 74th Independence Day at Secretariat Plaza, Kohima. In a first of its kind, the State hosted a Virtual Independence Day celebration which was streamed live at MyGovNagaland Facebook and MyGovNagaland YouTube Channel to ensure safety protocols amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The event started with the Review of Parade by T J Longkumer IPS, DGP Nagaland.
On his arrival at the venue, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio unfurled the National Flag and took the Rashtriya Salute. This was followed by the CM’s speech where he stated the various steps being taken by the government to tackle the many problems and challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic. Rio also urged upon the need for an early and honourable solution of the Naga political issue so that peace, stability and all-round development can prevail in the State. He presented a brief report of all the important activities undertaken by the various departments over the year. Rio concluded his speech by making an appeal to the people to stay home and safe, maintain social distance and follow the healthcare advisories and SOPs.
Guard of Honour was led by Parade Commander Watichuchang Jamie, Dy. Comdt. 4th NAP Thizama and Second-in-Command Avikishe Sema, Asst. Comdt. 10th NAP (IR) Zhadima. The contingents for the Guard of Honour were 4th NAP Bn, 10th NAP (IR) Bn and Nagaland Police Central Brass Band.
This was followed by the launch of a single window e-commerce platform Yellowchain an initiative of IDAN by the Chief Minister. The event concluded with a broadcast of cultural programme which saw the performances of a Naga traditional folk song by Tetseo Sisters, Naga traditional warrior dance by Ethnic Future, a cover of ‘When you Believe’ by Mengu Soukhrie and Obed Kath and an original fusion of Naga traditional folk song with modern music Zongza by Run Monday Run.
The state level Independence Day celebration culminated with the beating of the retreat by Nagaland Police Central Brass Band at the Secretariat Plaza, Kohima on August 15, 2020.