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Rio counsels ministers, parliamentary secretaries

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio inaugurating the new directorate building of Land Resources Development at Kohima on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent, KOHIMA, DEC 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Dec. 2008 2:45 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio Wednesday told his ministers and parliamentary secretaries not to tax their respective departments but to contribute to it so that the public would be benefited. Rio made the statement while referring to frequent complaints about shortage of money and small size of the departments, after inaugurating the new Directorate building of the Land Resources Development Department at the Secretariat Complex, Kohima. Rio called for innovative ideas to achieve the goal. He said there was no dearth of fund with the central government but that only the state fails to project its local requirement properly. Due to this failure, the state projects are rejected very often, he said. Reiterating on the need for peaceful environment in the state to bring about development, Rio pointed out that the ongoing Hornbill festival and various other activities could be made possible because of the relatively peaceful environment prevailing in the state today. “The state government has lots of things in mind but unless we have peace with one another and peace in mind, nothing can be achieved” he said. Rio regretted that the ongoing ceasefire and dialogue between the government of India and the Naga nationalist groups was not progressing as desired. He however reminded that the responsibility should not be passed on to one another but that everyone should collectively shoulder it. The chief minister lauded the quality workmanship of the newly constructed directorate building and reminded that the state government had already set up a quality control board as many departments failed to check quality. “We have to work with commitment and vision, whatever we are doing today we are doing for the generations to come,” he said. The chief minister also visited the ongoing evening bazaar in the state capital. Minister for land resources development and soil & water conservation, P. Longon in his short speech pointed out that the department of Land Resources Development was one of the youngest departments in the state but had superseded many older departments in terms of achievement. Joint Director, Land Resources Development, Hoto Yeptho who gave a brief power point presentation on the history of the new Directorate building said that the new directorate building was constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.5.18 Crore. Minister for work & housing, G. Kaito; parliamentary secretary, P.Dako Phom; additional chief secretary Lalthara; commissioner and secretary to CM, L.Kire; vigilance commissioner, Metongmeren and host of other bureaucrats and officials were also present on the occasion.

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