Monday, February 6, 2023

Nagaland can never develop if villages are not developed: Rio

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday said that Nagaland can never be developed if villages are not developed.
Addressing the Kohima District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) “Day Out-cum-Advent Christmas” programme at Youth Recreational Hall, Pfuchama on Tuesday, Rio stressed that their target should be to double the income of farmers and make village life more comfortable, a DIPR report stated.
With Government of India recognising the uniqueness of Nagas, Rio said unity was the need of the hour for Nagaland to survive as a community. He said that this was one of the reasons why the government, after thorough study, changed the State logo in 2006 from Ashok Chakra to Mithun with “Unity” inscribed in it.
Therefore, keeping this in mind, he said the Hornbill Festival was a celebration of State Day where cultural troupes of Naga tribes come together.
He described it as a festival of cultural extravaganza to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of Naga heritage, adding that over the years the festival had become a unique platform for tourists from around the world to witness the cultural diversity not only of the Nagas, but also other North-eastern States.
While lauding DPDB for coming up with an innovative programme of village/ward adoption programme for the welfare of villages and farmers, Rio also appreciated the district officers for taking active part in the board and carrying out government’s policies and programmes.
Rio noted that the DPDB meeting had brought the members together in year-end, adding that Christmas was a time when most people went back to their respective villages, socialised with villagers, meet families and friends and got involved in Christmas activities. He therefore stressed keeping the villages clean and remaining engaged with activities during this festive season.
On unemployment issue, Rio urged the youth to work hard, citing how shops and business establishments were being taken up by non-Nagas coming from outside the State. He appealed to Nagas to come out from individualism and tribalism up to the level of Nagaism and work collectively for the society so that everybody would succeed.
He also emphasised on permanent residence of indigenous people, stating that the real responsibility lay with village councils and the nearest administrative officer, who would be certifying the person for receiving indigenous certificate from deputy commissioner’s office.
On the agenda of setting up a verification committee for LADP Scheme 2022-23, the board decided to have one level of verification in the month of December. For change of medical administration from CMO Dimapur to CMO Kohima for the village of Thekrujuna and creation of sub-centre, the board decided to forward it to the concerned department.
Legislators from Kohima district– Urban Development & Municipal Affairs adviser Dr Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, Youth Resource & Sports adviser Zale Neikha, Technical Education and Election adviser Medo Yhokha, Kohima DPDB chairman Keneizhakho Nakhro, MLA and Khriehu Liezietsu MLA attended the programme.
Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by Keneizhakho Nakhro, while DC and DPDB vice-chairman Shanavas C chaired the programme. The invocation prayer was pronounced by DEO Kohima Emilo Patton, vote of thanks was proposed by DPO and member secretary Vilhouhunuo Sachu and benediction by SCTE principal Dr Elizabeth Walling. Other highlights of the programme included special numbers and Christmas gift exchange.

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