State minister for planning and coordination, T.R Zeliang Saturday said natural resources were the strength the people and that one should love nature and stop indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources.
“I appeal to all of you to love nature and stop indiscriminate felling of trees, hunting and fishing by poison and other toxic chemicals”, the minister said while addressing the inaugural function of Jalukieram village.
The minister also expressed apprehension over the fast depleting natural resource due to indiscriminate exploitation by the people, before it could be utilized for their benefit.
Asserting that peace amongst different villages was essentials for development, Zeliang called upon the villagers to maintain harmonious relationship.
“Without peace there cannot be development and with development it is hard to maintain peace”, he maintained.
Advocating that village level bodies including village council, VDB and several other committees working under communitization has become main organs of the government in implementing various schemes and projects at grass root level, the minister called upon those bodies to work hand in hand with the state government of for development of the people.
He felt that unless these bodies were sincere in their working system no amount of government assistance would uplift the village people.
State minister for agriculture, Dr Chumben Murry, parliamentary secretary for horticulture, R. Khing and parliamentary secretary for rural development, Pangnyu Phom also addressed the gathering.
Meanwhile, parliamentary secretary Pangnyu Phom announced Rs 5 lakhs for maintenance of Jalukieram village road.
Others who spoke addressed the function included Zeme United Council president, Raitu Elu; Zeliangrong Baudi president, Akhang Kamei; Jalukie Town Council chairperson, Gaubeu and old Jalukie village council chairman, Hainkieng.
The programme was attended by district administration and various department officials of Peren.
Highlights of the function included songs and cultural dances by various groups.