Friday, December 2, 2022

Govt serious for promotion of sports: Rio

Staff Reporter

Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio reiterated that his government was keen and more serious about promotion of sports in the state, as games and sports were no longer just pastime but an issue of million-dollar professionalism.
He said this after inaugurating the new Police Station at Sovima at Sovima Village, Chümoukedima district here Saturday.
The chief minister said the creation of the new police station was necessitated not only for the security of the 14 villages that fall under the new Sovima police station, but also to cater to the security to the sports persons, especially from the national and international teams, as and when the Nagaland Cricket Ground at Sovima hosts many BCCI matches besides the other sports complexes.
Pointing to the importance of sports and availability of good sports complex and grounds at the village, the chief minister challenged the youth take up sports in a professional manner to focus on sports. He also suggested holding of regular district tournaments to promote the standard and professionalism in sports.
Rio expressed optimism that Nagaland will also be given an opportunity to host important national and international sporting events in the future. He also said that Sovima Police station has jurisdiction around many government and private institutions such as St. Joseph University, ICFAI University, Testo College, Zoological Park, Shokhuvi Railway Station, etc.
Stating that Nagaland has been declared “disturbed area” under AFSPA, the chief minister said that unless criminal activities were checked, no players would arrive in the state to play matches. Rio has, therefore, requested police personnel to render best possible service and particularly offer protection to sports activities, players, trainers and those coming from outside the state.
Acknowledging policing was a challenging job, the chief minister also cautioned police personnel to be sensitive in dealing with public while showing zero tolerance towards criminals.
Rio commended Nagaland police for its operation on “war on drugs” and for its success in cyber security cell.
He also urged the police in Dimapur, Chümoukedima and Niuland districts to operate as one entity though administratively they were separate.
Removal of NLTP in the hands of CSOs: Patton
Meanwhile, deputy chief minister, Y Patton, who is holds home portfolio, stated that complete removal or partial removal of NLTP Act 1989 lay in the hands of the civil society organizations and the general public. He said that Church leaders should also give a thought on it. “If people raise their voice, government will give a second thought,” Patton stated.
He opined that state government should hold meeting with civil society groups and partially lift the NLTP Prohibition Act. Patton said that despite the Act was in place, people were still drinking alcohol, which presumably were adulterated liquor.
He also said that the state government was losing revenue of more than Rs.1800 to Rs.1900 crore annually. Patton said it was high time to have serious thought on the partial removal of liquor ban so as to generate revenue for the state government.
Patton later acknowledged that low crime rate of 14 villages under Sovima Police Station, and expressed hope that the crime rate would continue to remain low. He also sought cooperation from all councils of the 14 villages.
In his speech, DGP Nagaland, T John Longkumer, said that usually police stations are set up where there was high crime rate. He, however, acknowledged the state government for taking precautionary measures to prevent crime from increasing at villages under Sovima PS where crime rate was comparatively low at present.
DGP also encouraged police personnel to conduct community-oriented policing.
SVC urges govt to revisit NLTP Act: Meanwhile, delivering a short speech, Sovima village council chairman, Sebastian Zümvü sought to place on record that Sovima village was the first village in the state to request the state government to revisit the NLTP Act 1989, by way of partially lifting the prohibition and consider making quality liquor available to the citizens.
Even though the Act was in place, Zümvü said alcohol was freely available, adding that the Act was also not serving its purpose.
Zümvü also said that even though the crime rate was low in the village, there was increase of drug peddling in the village. He requested the police to take stock of the situation while assuring to extend cooperation.
He said that youth volunteers had time and again apprehended bootleggers and drug peddlers.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by commissioner of police Dimapur, Rothihu Tetseo and invocation offered by Pastor PBC, Dimapur, Rev Rakhu Livi.
It may be mentioned that the present strength of the newly inaugurated Sovima PS is 23 including one UBSI, three ASIs, two THCs, two NKs, and 15 UBCs.

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