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Nagaland to have 3 more districts

Correspondents KOHIMA, DEC 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/18/2021 1:01:21 PM IST

In a major development, the state cabinet on Saturday approved creation of three new districts– Tseminyu, Chümoukedima and Niuland- thereby bringing the total number to 15 districts in Nagaland. 

According to sources, the decision was made at a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Neiphiu Rio. The decision also comes amid a series of recent rallies launched by the Rengma community to press for a separate Tseminyu district.

According to sources, the nod for three more districts means that Tseminyu will be the 13th, Niuland the 14th and Chümoukedima the 15th district of the state.

The cabinet, in principle, also approved granting status of district to Shamator. However, it was learnt that creation of a separate district (Shamator) will be made possible only if different tribes inhabiting the sub-division agree on the matter.

Meanwhile, highly placed sources informed Nagaland Post that the chief minister during the meeting asserted that his government will not bifurcate areas that are inhabited by one tribe. 

Sources said Rio was referring to various demands for upgradation of sub-division to district like Aboi sub-division and Tobu sub-division under Mon district; Bhandari sub-division under Wokha district and Mangkolemba under Mokokchung district.

Talking to media persons on the sidelines of a programme here at hotel Vivor, deputy chief minister Y Patton said though there were similar demands from other tribes for creation of new districts, the cabinet considered only three as the others were inhabited by only one tribe.

When asked the reason for forming two districts under one constituency (Ghaspani-I A/C) in Dimapur district, Patton said it was not about constituencies. “Chümoukedima has been created as an urban-rural district while Niuland is in the border area and there was a need to have a district,” he said.

On Cabinet agreeing in principle to grant the status of a district to Shamator under Tuensang district, Patton said unless there was proper boundary demarcation between the tribes– Yimkhiung, Tikhir, and Sema– the government would not be in a position to make Shamator a full-fledged district. On the official inauguration of the new districts, Patton said the government will fix the date soon.

Legislators, organizations welcome Cabinet decision

Advisor for animal husbandry & veterinary services, woman resources development and NDPP legislator from Tseminyu constituency, R Khing expressed gratitude to the state government for declaring Tseminyu as the 13th district of Nagaland.

Terming it as a historic day, Khing lauded chief minister Neiphiu Rio and the cabinet for ensuring that the people’s voices were heard. Addressing the media at his residence here, Khing also thanked the neighboring districts for their support and prayers all along in formation of the district.

Naga Students Federation president Kegwayhun Tep also lauded the government, council of ministers and also the media fraternity for their support and coverage from day one. Rengma Selo Zi president Kennth Rengma, expressed appreciation to the state government in taking a bold decision for making Tseminyu a district.

Jacob: Taking to twitter PHE minister Jacob Zhimomi said the creation of Nuiland and Chümoukedima districts was the best Christmas gift ever.

“Delighted to share that Niuland and Chumukedima under my assembly constituency has been created as new districts today by the state cabinet. Thankful and grateful to HCM @Neiphiu_Rio.The best Christmas gift ever!” he tweeted.

NTUCT: Naga Tribal Union Chümoukedima Town (NTUCT) expressed deep appreciation to the chief minister and the cabinet for recognizing the cherished need of the common citizens of Chümoukedima and upgrading it into a district.

In a press statement issued by the NTUCT president Loshito Khro and general secretary Longshi Kikon said it was historic day, which will now be drawn in the book of

history and remembered by the citizens and generation of Chümoukedima in days to come.

Assuring its full support, NTUCT said the union welcomes all round development and change for the new generation.

RPOD: Rengma Public Organisation Dimapur expressed gratitude to chief minister Neuphiu Rio and his cabinet for granting a district to the Rengmas. 

“We pray to God to bless them with good health and long life to govern the Nagas. We are rejoicing for fulfilling our long cherished dreams.” 

RPOD Wanthang Rengma and secretary Ar. Sherhunglo said the concern and support has made a historic day for Rengmas. The organisation also thanked all those who strongly supported their cause.

DDCF: Dimapur District Citizens’ Forum lauded the decision of the state government in declaring Tseminyu, Niuland and Chümoukedima as the 13th, 14th and 15th districts of Nagaland. 

In a press note, DDCF president Yibemo Kikon said the wise decision and creation of three new districts would greatly benefit the people of the new districts and expedite the process of development, of not only the three new districts but the state as a whole for better administration and governance.

The forum congratulated the state government and the denizens of the new districts, particularly for declaring Chümoukedima as the 15th district of Nagaland.

TUD: Tenyimi Union Dimapur has welcome and congratulated the state government for creation of three new districts– Chümoukedima, Niuland and Tseminyu under the able leadership of chief minister Neiphiu Rio.

In a press note, TUD president Vekhosayi Nyekha and general secretary Thepfungunu Solo said the creation of Chümoukedima as a district has brought the administration to the door step of the people

Terming it as a historic day, TUD said it will be remembered and acknowledge by the generations to come. 

The union also conveyed best wishes to the citizens of the new districts and appealed to the citizens of the districts to extend support and cooperation to the state government for the growth and development of the state as a whole.

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