Minister of Urban Development, Higher and Technical Education, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu said Nagas needed to go a long way as far as cleanliness and sanitation was concerned, for which he called for creating awareness and change of attitude among the people.
“What we need today is to create awareness in the minds of the people and changes in the attitude”, he said while addressing health and sanitation day organized by the New Socünoma village.
Shurhozelie lauded the New Socünoma village for their various initiatives in tree plantation, awarding cash prizes to the cleanest colonies and said that it would set a good example which can be emulated by the neighboring villages. He also cited an evaluation report of 2006 based on a survey conducted in, Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung district which showed that there were 13,380 establishments in the district which were run by non-locals thereby giving away Rs. 460.60 crores to outsiders annually.
Earlier on the occasion, Dr.Shurhozelie also inaugurated the Health Care Sub-Centre at New Socünoma village. Kuolacalie Seyie, a resident of the village while giving his introductory remarks said that to keep the village clean, the whole village was divided into 9 colonies and each colony made their own independent programmes. He said that cleanliness and sanitation competitions were carried throughout the year and cash awards for best colony were awarded every 2 months.
Dr. K. Solo, Chief Medical officer, Dimapur, Er.Kevisekho Kruse, Deputy Chief Engineer, PHE, Executive Director, CCDU, PHED, Mezhülie Vüprü, Senior Advocate, Chairman, Dimapur Tenyimia Union also spoke on the occasion.