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CM announces schemes for senior citizens
Correspondent, KOHIMA, OCT 1 (NPN):
Published on 2 Oct. 2008 1:43 AM IST
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Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio Wednesday announced several new plans and welfare measures for senior citizens of Nagaland. Addressing the “World Elders Day” on the theme ‘Elders contribution to society’ organized by Nagaland Senior Citizens Forum (NSCF) at the State Banquet hall, the Chief minister said the Education department was coming up with a new idea to identify senior citizens who would teach the students about the rich culture and tradition of Nagas. The chief minister also said the government was planning to create recreational centres for senior citizens, starting from district level. On suggestion put by NSCF for availing free NST and health care services by senior citizens, Rio said the government would soon take a decision on these, while assuring that the government as a welfare state would do whatever was possible. Extending his warmest greetings to the senior citizens, Rio said it was a real privilege to host them. He also the theme of this year’s Elders’ Day was “appropriate and befitting.” “It’s the senior who had contributed and that’s why we reached this far. Younger generation should be grateful…In olden days age is respected, but in modern days age is overtaken by modernization and civilization. If senior citizens speak out, people will listen. You must speak out loud and clear,” he added. Dwelling on Nagas’ obsession with “freedom,” Rio said “We are mixed up with civilization and freedom. Freedom is not free, free only under the law. We are talking only animals’ freedom. In modern civilized society we have to fit out freedom under the law.” Around 300 senior citizens took part in the march, which was flagged off by advisor, NSCF, O Kathipri from Red Cross Complex, Kohima. A Naga lunch was later hosted by the wife of chief minister, Mrs. Kaisa Rio. Elders including WC Krome, Kiremwati and Mrs. Rano M. Saiza, former MP, also spoke on the occasion. The function was chaired by H. Hesso, president NSCF. 120-year old Naga woman! Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 1 (NPN): Said to be about 120 years old, Nuolheü Zumvü from Nachama Village could be one of the oldest women in the world. A report from the Kohima District Welfare under the Department of Social Welfare stated that Nuolheü Zumvü has ten children, thirty two grand children, sixty great grand children and three great, great grand children. Her eldest surviving daughter is 84 years old. Nuolheü Zumvü was said to have witnessed the World War I (1914-1918). Commemorating the International Elders’ Day, officials from Kohima District Welfare observed the day with Nuolheü Zumvü. They also interacted with Pfümezi Theünuo, a 110-year-old man from Dihoma Village.

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