Parliamentary Secretary for RD & REPA, S.Pangnyu Phom asserted that set-up of Village Development Board (VDB) was not a political institute and urged people not to politicize schemes allotted to VDB’s.
Speaking at Dimapur District VDB conference as the chief guest on Wednesday at IMC Hall Dimapur, Phom stated that out of about 80 departments, Rural Development (RD) was the sole department that provided funds for development of rural areas. He appealed to VDB members to know their responsibilities and cooperate with officers and staff of the department for better development. Stating that Dimapur district had the necessary facilities like banking facility, roads and transport etc, Phom addressed the gathering not to misuse funds for development projects and work to uplift villages of the area to the level of towns. He also said that VDB’s being the mediator between political parties, should function as a mirror for the society which would benefit individuals, villages, the society and Nagas as a whole.
Advisor for Sericulture & Cooperation, MLA Azheto also speaking at the occasion, appealed to VDB secretaries and chairmen to be honest and sincere in their work in order to execute developmental projects. He further asked the people to come forward with their grievances and suggestions as he has been appointed to be the mediator and facilitator between the state government and the people.
Earlier RD director, Metsubo Jamir gave the keynote address and president Dimapur district VDB association, Tali Pongener deliberated a welcome speech. SIRD director, Asangla also spoke at the conference. The programme was concluded after a discussion/interactive session between the dignitaries and delegates.