Kohima, May 29: Corruption is the greatest obstacle to social and economic growth, said senior superintendent of police (vigilance commission) I. Meyionen Ao while speaking at the vigilance awareness campaign meeting held at the deputy commissioner’s conference hall in Kohima today.
Addressing the district administration, police, heads of offices and NGOs, he said the vigilance commission has been observing vigilance awareness week every year but now it was time to reach out to the people in the districts and seek their co-operation. “Unless there is support from the district officials and NGOs, we alone cannot fight corruption,” he added.
Meyionen gave a brief background on the activities of the vigilance commission and its administrative structure.
Stating that corruption starts from government offices, he said as government servants they are entrusted with their duties and responsibilities that should not be misused.
Calling upon all concerned to be transparent in their work, the SP appealed to all to retrospect and rededicate themselves to duty.
He appealed to all the officers to extend co-operation to the vigilance team whenever required and requested them to play proactive roles in highlighting corrupt practices/irregularities.
He also highlighted notable achievements of the commission in recent years.
The meeting was chaired by Kohima additional deputy commissioner Asangla Imti. A group of officials from the vigilance commission accompanied the senior police officer.
Inaugurated: Minister for art and culture E.E. Pangteang inaugurated a multi-purpose cultural complex at Tenyiphe-I, Dimapur.
Gracing the occasion as chief guest, Pangteang expressed hope that the new building would be able to meet the requirement to accommodate and host large gathering and functions. The building, funded by the North Eastern Council (NEC), was constructed at a cost of Rs 2 crore and has a sitting capacity of 350 people.
He hoped that the complex would serve as a platform for showcasing talents and skills and earn respect and dignity of the artistes in the long run. The minister said Nagas are talented and gifted people, with rich cultural traditions and practices which are deeply rooted. He said the complex would serve as a centre of excellence to promote creative arts as well as other activities such as music, drama and dance.
MLA and chairman of Development Authority of Nagaland Jacob Zhimomi, who was the guest of honour, in his address said Nagas have a very rich and unique culture and tradition and asked Naga artistes to showcase the prevalent situation and the problems that they face every day. He also said the state government was ready to help upcoming artists and local talents and to groom them for greater ventures.
Other highlights of the programme included a welcome song by students of St Joseph School, Chumukedima, a traditional song by Lotha Troupe, Dimapur, and a song by Chang folk singers, Diphupar.