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Pat for Naga village council

Kohima, Nov. 22: A remote village under Longleng district has the strongest village council in terms of administration, the Nagaland government has said.

Parliamentary secretary for rural development, Pangnyu Phom, today said Yachem village has a strong administration village council in Nagaland.

He said till date there had been neither any complaint of misuse of funds for village development board nor any complaint on law and order problems in the office of the deputy commissioner of Longleng.

“If the village administration is strong, there will be no law and order problem and peace will prevail,” Pangnyu said.

According to Pangnyu, Nagaland needs a strong village administration to maintain law and order in tandem with the state government and law enforcing agencies to ensure that development takes place in every nook and corner of the state.

He, however, said there had been some problems even in the villages from certain quarters because of the impending Naga political problem. Informing that there are 1,128 village development board villages recognised by the government, Phom said if all the recognised villages have a strong village administration there will be peace in Nagaland.

“If only one village is strong, the Nagas will not move forward,” he said. Terming strong village council as the backbone for implementing various development schemes in the rural areas, Pangnyu called upon the department officers to carry forward the message in other villages to emulate Yachem village council. “When there is unity in village administration, there will be no loopholes in mis-management of funds and development will reach the desired objective,” he said.

Giving due credit to the villagers, Phom said: “Whoever I am today, it is because of my villagers’ blessings and if we want to serve our people, we need to be humble.”

Inauguration

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio inaugurated the State Institute of Rural Development auditorium, rural technology museum, library and faculty building in Kohima today.

Rio said the main objective of the institute was to impart training and conduct workshops/seminars to preserve the traditional techniques. He lauded the past performances of the institute and was optimistic that the department would perform better with the present infrastructure.

“Even the trainees would be inspired and be more serious with the present infrastructure,” he added. Rio said Nagaland was giving more emphasis on rural populace because the mass population lives in the villages.

Parliamentary secretary for rural development Pangnyu Phom said the institute was the only state-level training and research institute that works for rural development.

Stating that awareness and knowledge are important aspects of empowerment for rural masses, he said the priority of the state was to spread awareness about various government schemes through the institute.

Phom said Nagaland was the only state that works for the empowerment of people at the grassroots level.

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