In her maiden visit to the state, Union Minister of State for Rural Development Agatha Sangma, the youngest minister in the history of Indian Parliament and daughter of former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, captivated the Naga people with her simplicity and no-nonsense approach. The MoS for Rural Development, who is on a three day visit to the state, graced the annual function of Patkai Christian College as the chief guest and later inaugurated the Agri link road to Temvü Karü at Medziphema village under NREGA. She was also accompanied by Lok Sabha MP C M Chang, Agri Minister Dr Chumben Murry, Parliamentary Secretary Pangyu Phom and C Sazo, Secretary General, NCP (NE) Neiba Ndang and other senior political leaders and government officials.
Addressing the 35th Annual function at Patkai Christian College at Bundrock Chapel Auditorium as chief guest, Agatha exhorted the students to understand the big responsibility they have in shaping the destiny of the country. “Make a platform and pursue your dreams” she added. She also remarked that without wisdom, intelligence was nothing.
Asserting on the importance of traditions and customs, Agatha urged the youth to take pride for being from the North East region and preserve one’s culture and roots. “We have great faith and roots to be proud of and should carry it forward with great responsibility” she asserted. Expressing concern over the identity crisis faced by students studying in Delhi, Agatha termed it as disturbing, and challenged the youth to make the dream of national integration into a reality. While at the same time she also exhorted the students to come back home and change the condition of the state. “No matter how far you go, do come back to Northeast” she stated. Meanwhile, urging the Patkians to be glad for getting both intellectual and spiritual education at the same time, Agatha pointed out that the modern world was lacking in spirituality.
A memorandum was later handed over to the MoS by the Patkai family which was read out by Elilo Ezung. The memorandum highlighted issues with regard to Margaret Shishak School of Music, Safe drinking water supply and non-sanction of full eligible amount for women hostel building by the UGC.
Earlier, the welcome song was sung by the students of class 12 while the welcome address was given by the Principal, Kolezo Chase. The theme song was sung by the class of 2010 along with the Chorale of PCC who presented a special group song. The speech on behalf of the Freshers and Outoging class were given by Sentisangla Longkumer and Seyieviko Peseyie respectively.
Meanwhile, a joint team of minority forum, Dimapur III A/C and Garo organizations of Nagaland also met Agatha K Sangma at the police guest house, Chumukedima.
Interacting with the union minister, Garo GBs representing various villages highlighted the grievances of the tribe and sought assistance for development and uplift of the tribe living in the rural areas of the state. The minority forum also requested Agatha to grant more funds and special packages for the minorities under Dimapur district.
Agatha in response assured the organizations that the ministry would look into the problems and said the problems of the minorities would be brought to light in her interaction with the state chief minister.
The interaction was also attended by Lok Sabha MP CM Chang and northeast region NCP general secretary Neiba Ndang.