Nagaland observes National Constitutional Day today

(Advisor Justice & Law, Environment, Forest & Climate Change, CM Chang and officials launching the year long state wide campaign on constitution and fundamental duties | Photo: DIPR)

Kohima, November 27 (NE): Along with the rest of the country, Nagaland observed the 70th Constitution Day organized by the Department of Justice and Law at Capital Convention Centre on 26th November 2019.

Advisor Justice & Law, Environment, Forest & Climate Change, CM Chang speaking at the program said that constitution day is celebrated every year to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of India which marked the beginning of a new era in the history of India. Chang said that it is necessary to know and create awareness that every citizen has not only rights but also duties and responsibilities as enshrined in the Constitution.

Chang said that law cannot enforce the execution of the fundamental duties but it is the moral obligation of every citizen to perform and uphold the values of fundamental duties. He said awareness of fundamental duties will enrich our knowledge and awareness and impact the society, the environment and the Government.

Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy said the constitution day focuses on the awareness of fundamental duties and to ensure that every citizen follows them systemically. He said that the fundamental duties is especially important for the citizens of Nagaland because we are always so vocal about our rights but silent on the duties that entails as citizens. He also reminded every citizens that along with rights we have equal duties to perform and we need to carry the message loud and clear across our state.

He added that as law abiding citizens one must ponder on our duties prescribed in the constitution and bring balance and inculcate moral duties and obligations for upholding the rule of law. He added that there are three most important items in the list of fundamental duties which are to respect the ideals of the constitution and institution of its establishment and promote harmony and brotherhood among all people of India. Toy said that the State government had prepared a yearlong activities for creating awareness and this activities will be taken up by various government departments and NGOs and urged all to extend cooperation in spreading awareness which will benefit the people of the state.

Sr Addl Advocate General, Kakheto Sema, highlighting on the constitution, said that the adoption of the constitution commemorates the very important event in the life of Indian democracy. He said that the constitution serves as a powerful emancipation, ending centuries of discrimination, economic, political and social exclusion of millions of people. He added that the government of India is launching a national campaign focusing on creating awareness regarding a very important feature of the Indian constitution i.e. the fundamental duties which can be defined as the moral obligations of all citizens to help promote a spirit of patriotism and to uphold the unity of India. He hopes that the constitution day will ignite the lamp of knowledge in the minds of the new generation to understand the importance of the Indian constitution, respect it and follow it religiously.

Earlier, CM Chang launched the yearlong state wide campaign on constitution and fundamental duties and the chief secretary led in administering the constitution pledge. National Anthem was rendered by Kohima College Kohima.

(News Source: DIPR)