Parliamentary Secretary Rural Development & REPA S. Pangnyu Phom said village development boards were the spine of socio-economic development in Nagaland. It was an autonomous body where it had direct control over all the schemes like NREGA and Grant-in-aid.
He was addressing as chief guest at Mokokchung District VDB conference, Thursday.
Pangnyu said people should keep in mind that money which flowed for the benefit of the poor was not a political fund and should never be used to gain political mileage and that no politician should interfere in the schemes. The chief guest urged upon VDB to use the creative impetus and capacity to ensure that schemes were not replicated.
He also asked the VDB to ensure sincerity in their duties so that creative inputs produce desired results. He further said VDBs were not only to be imbued with the spirit of common good but also to honestly deliver the same. He urged VDB to assume the role of unselfish provider of goods and services for the common man.
Chief guest also acknowledged the success rate of VDBs in Mokokchung district at the same time cautioned that many villages were still underperformed and lacked behind in the implementation of schemes under VDB. He added “there is a lack of uniformity in the implementation process in the same district.” He further added that Mokokchung district was looked upon by many as a role model in various stages of development.
The Parliamentary Secretary encouraged all to gear up and work with spirit of mind and integrity and honest deliverance. He also urged all to armour themselves with an ethical mind and work with commitment and devotion to duty. “The promise of a better future could be fulfilled only through sincerity, honesty and commitment or else there would be no foundation to carry forward the future generation”, Pangnyu said
The conference was attended by a host of dignitaries including Director RD, Additional Director RD, Commissioner & Secretary RD, Project Director DRDA of Mokokchung, Zunheboto and Tuensang besides others. A huge number of village council chairman and VDB secretaries from various villages under Mokokchung district also attended the conference.