Kohima, April 9: All important Nagaland government departments are gearing up for platinum jubilee celebrations of Nagaland Baptist Church Council, the main church organisation in the state.
The government, with support from chief minister Neiphiu Rio and urban development minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu, has completed a convention hall near Nagaland Civil Secretariat at the cost of Rs 3 crore.
Additional chief secretary and planning commissioner Alemtemshi Jamir is the convener of the planning committee of the platinum jubilee celebrations. The department of information and public relations has been given the charge of publicity.
Rev. Phomlee Van, member of the organising committee, said the NEC had sanctioned a certain sum for the construction of the convention hall.
The Baptist Church council was expecting around 300 foreign delegates to attend the programme, including family members of W. Clarke, the first American missionary to Nagaland in 1870s.
He said Nagas from Myanmar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur would also attend the celebrations.
He said Baptist members from the four districts of Tuensang, Mon, Kiphire and Longleng would attend the function.
The council has invited all militant outfits to attend the platinum jubilee function, as the council had played a major role since 1960, brokering peace between the Union government and the Naga militants.
Besides this, there would be a cultural troupe from Thailand and orchestra band from Japan. A children’s rally, band festival, film festival, workshop, concert,a women’s rally and an exhibition will be held.