State chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday laid the foundation stone for museum at Longwa village, the proposed international trade centre, under Mon district. He was accompanied by M.C Konyak, Minister for forest, ecology and excise, E. E. Pangteang, Advisor DUDA, Shai C.L John, Chairman Marcoffed, MLA Konngam Konyak, DC Mon and NGO’s.
Describing the Konyak community, Rio said Konyak was a unique tribe with rich cultural heritage and ‘Land of Anghs’. He said ‘Anghship’ which was meant to govern the people should deliver peace, love and justice to the common people. He also requested the people gathered to preserve the rich cultural heritage inherited from fore fathers and refrain from opium and other intoxicants and to focus on human development. He said the museum would preserve the rich ethnic cultural heritage, history and identity of the Nagas and would also attract the tourist, which will naturally earn income for the development of the state. Encouraging the people of Longwa to continue to work for all round development, Rio asked the people to ‘sow the seeds provided to them and not to eat the seeds’.
Meanwhile, Longwa Student’s Union and the Longwa Village Council had submitted a memorandum demanding proper water supply, Proper health care; to upgrade the present PHC to 12 bedded with doctors and nurses facilities, Road; to connect Longwa and Khanmui via Langkho, electricity; to improve the entire electricity system, education; to approve for one more GPS for 7000 population and to provide teaching staff for GMS which was inaugurated in the year 2003, to which the C.M assured to fill their demands.