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NE India should stand on its feet: DC
Staff Reporter, DIMAPUR, Nov 27:
Published on 28 Nov. 2008 2:01 AM IST
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Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur Maongwati Aier Thursday said Northeast India should stand on its feet because it was very rich in natural and human resources. However, though Northeast was rich in resources, “it has rendered us very poor because of the problem of attitude”. DC said while addressing the inaugural function of North East Women Festival on peace and unity at Urban Haat, Dimapur. He said the problem of attitude could be changed only through education, “attitude means transparency, respecting the rights and the law of the country and having integrity in investment”. While lamenting on the survival of Northeast India through Government funds like Non Lapsable Pool of Central Resources (NLCPR), DC said “how long can Northeast depend on NLCPR for survival, we have to stand on our own feet because we are very rich”. He urged women representatives of Assam, Tripura, Sikkim, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh present at the festival to carry the message of religious tolerance and peace through songs and art in various forms because “not even militants can stop music”. The cry of Northeast people is peace, unity and development and “we must appeal to national workers that if it is the voice of unity and development, national workers should hear the cry of the common people”, DC said. Also speaking at the occasion, Naga Council Dimapur, President Savi Leigise said festivals was the right platform where ideas and issues concerning women could be well exchanged. While lauding the organisers for organising the women festival, NCD president encouraged the womenfolk to coordinate for the betterment of the society. Celebrating the festival together with the five states of the Northeast, Naga Women Hoho Dimapur (NWHD) president Hukheli T. Wotsa said it was not the matrilineal systems of the Khasis and Garos of Meghalaya that drew attention to women and status in society, but the efforts and contribution of women’s organisation across the Northeast states had been significant and vital in shaping the growth in the northeast states. She also called upon the government that 33% reservation policy should be ensured and not less of the seats be set aside for women. Earlier, the programme was chaired by NWHD vice president Yanpolumi and vote of thanks was proposed by joint secretary Esther Rio. Others who attend the inaugural function included general manager of DIC Nihovi Chishi, joint director of NEZCC Tali Nokcha , Baptist Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur president Asangla Jamir, Dimapur Naga Students’ Union president Solomon Awomi and hosts of delegates from Assam, Tripura, Sikkim, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh. Organised by Naga Women Hoho Dimapur in collaboration with NEZCC the festival would culminate November 28.

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