Chief Minister, Founder of NDPP, MLA, NDPP, Tuophema, Kohima, Nagaland, India.
Neiphiu Rio is the Chief Minister of Nagaland. He was born on 11-11-1950 to Late Guolhoulie Rio & Kevilhou Rio in Tuophema village of Kohima, Assam. He received his early education from Baptist English School, Kohima and Sainik School, Purulia, West Bengal. He attended college at St Joseph’s College, Darjeeling, and later graduated B.A from Kohima Arts College at Kohima Nagaland Under Nehu in 1978.
An active student leader during his School and College days, Rio entered politics with the Indian National Congress at a very young age. He had headed many prestigious organizations before becoming the Chief Minister of Nagaland. He served as the President of Kohima District United Democratic Front (UDF) Youth Wing in 1974. He was also appointed as the Chairman of the Northern Angami Area Council in 1984. He also had been the honorary Vice President of the Indian Red Cross Society(IRCS) Nagaland branch.
On joining politics, Rio was first elected MLA to Nagaland Legislative Assembly as Congress (I) candidate from the Northern Angami-II constituency during the 7th General Elections of 1989. In 1990, He was appointed as the Minister for Sports and School Education and subsequently as Minister for Higher & Technical Education and Art & Culture; also served as Chairman in Nagaland Industrial Development Corporation, Nagaland Khadi & Village Industries Board and Development Authority of Nagaland.
Rio was again elected from the Northern Angami-II constituency in 1993 as Congress (I) candidate and appointed as Minister for Works & Housing. In 1998, He was the MLA of Congress & was a member of the Indian National Congress, Rio was Nagaland’s Home Minister as part of the cabinet headed by S. C. Jamir from 1998 till 2002 when he resigned from the ministry accusing Chief Minister S. C. Jamir of blocking a negotiated settlement of the vexed Naga issue.
After his resignation, Rio joined Naga People’s Front which partnered with other Naga regionalist parties and the state branch of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under his leadership to form the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN), a coalition which won the 2003 state elections, bringing the 10-year-long rule of the Indian National Congress in the state to an end. In 2003, He was the MLA of Naga People’s Front. Rio subsequently took office as Chief Minister on 6 March 2003.
Before completing his first term, Rio was dismissed as Chief Minister when President’s Rule was imposed in Nagaland on 3 January 2008. However, his party emerged as the single largest party in the ensuing elections and Rio, as the leader of DAN, was invited by the state Governor to form the government on 12 March 2008.
Neiphiu Rio again won assembly election from the same constituency and retained as Chief Minister of Nagaland. Also, he completed his full term in 2008. During the 2013 Nagaland State elections, NPF won a thumping majority and Rio was re-elected as Chief Minister for a third term, won assembly election, and took oath as Chief Minister of Nagaland. He resigned from this post after elected to Member of Loksabha from Nagaland constituency in 2014. Neiphiu Rio was the Founder of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party.
In 2014, He Appointed as Member of Consultative Committee and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region. From 2014-2016, He elected as a Member of the Standing Committee on Coal and Steel. From 2014-2018, He was the Member of Committee on Public Accounts. From 2016-2018, He was Member of Standing Committee on Agriculture.
In 2018, He was elected as a Member of Assembly Legislative from Northern Angami-II Constituency. In 2018, Neiphiu Rio contested Northern Angami-II (ST) and won. He again became a Chief Minister of Nagaland.
Rio played a key role in setting up the Music Task Force, the first music industry in the country. He was awarded The Mother Teresa Millennium Award, for his outstanding leadership and contributions to politics in Kolkata in the year 2007.
He is keen on the area of ‘Green Goals’ like environment protection and safeguarding of bio-diversity. He takes interest in Promoting youth empowerment, music, culture, and sports. He is a supporter of creative fields especially the arts. His Favourite Pastime is Sports, Reading, Gardening, Music, and Travelling.
He survived an assassination attempt on life when armed persons ambushed his motorcade at Dimapur in Nagaland on 30th May 1995. He was then serving as PWD Minister of Nagaland. His driver was killed in the ambush and several of his armed bodyguards were injured.
Rio is married to Kaisa Rio, and they have five daughters and one son. His brother Zhaleo Rio was elected to Nagaland Assembly in 2013 and 2019 and was deputy speaker of the assembly in 2018. His mother Lt. Kevilhouü Rio died on January 1, 2020, at the age of 92. His father had died 30 years before his mother’s death.
Service in Pandemic COVID-19
Donating 1 lakh triple layer masks
My heartfelt gratitude to UNDP India for donating 1 lakh triple layer masks, 60,000 surgical gloves, and 50 thermal scanners to HealthNagaland. I laud UNDP India’s support to the national response in combating and containing the impact of Covid-19.
Distributed essential items
Visited Mokokchung and Wokha today to review preparedness for COVID19. Inspected the district hospitals, distributed essential items and held meetings with administrations/Task Forces and civil societies
Dedicated 10 ambulances at COVID-19 hospital Dimapur; procured by State Govt. Inspected wards, toilets, newly installed 500kVA transformer & 125kVA generator. Also met with colleagues & Govt officials at the conf hall of CP Dimapur police.
Visited the newly identified quarantine facility today at Urban Housing Meriema where preparatory work is underway. The Government of Nagaland is leaving no stone unturned to prevent the spread of coronavirus. COVID2019
Distributing Relief Ration
District Administration distributes relief ration to daily wage earners at Local ground.