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Senior citizens write to CM
Published on 23 Apr. 2009 1:07 AM IST
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Nagaland Senior Citizens Forum (NSCF) has urged state chief minister to set the age limit of Gaon Burah’s (GB) appointment at 40 years and retirement at 80 years. Stating that GBs play a major role in villages, towns and society, NSCF president, H Hesso and secretary, Dr. R Zinyü in a letter addressed to state chief minister opined that holding such an important post required maturity, knowledge of customary laws and practices and having good social standing.The Forum also proposed that GBs be paid an honorarium of Rs. 1000 in lieu of varied nature and responsibilities of their duties. The Forum also recommended that minimum educational qualification of Dobashi should be minimum pre-university (10+2). As Dobashis (DBs) play a vital role in the society, as interpreters of government and custodians of customary laws and practices, the Forum said DBs had to be multilingual, knowledgeable not only of customary laws but also modern day customary practices and developments. “Such responsibilities can better be held by a person of proper academic qualification, well versed in the customary laws and practices and good standing in the society”, NSCF opined. Expressing pain over increase in various anti-social activities, the Forum condemned such acts saying that a vigilant, enlightened and committed active civil society can only bring about a change “in this anti-social behaviour pattern of our people.” Lauding various government agencies, civil societies including student bodies and “national workers” who helped in apprehending some of the culprits involved in crimes, NSCF urged all to join hands together and bring about change in the society. Meanwhile, the forum has also sought chief minister’s intervention for protection of the environment vide government of Nagaland memo No. Con.-8/86 date Kohima February 26, 1987 and JUD/22/84 dated Kohima Januray 21, 1993. Referring to Bible verse “Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to farm the land and to take care of it (Genesis 2:15),” NSCF maintained that it was bounded duty of human being to protect and preserve the flora, fauna and ecology. Further, the forum requested the government to re-enforce order and make it applicable throughout the state.

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