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Municipal, town councils not for extortion: Azheto
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 21 (NPN):
Published on 22 Dec. 2009 1:31 AM IST
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MLA & advisor, sericulture and cooperation, Azheto Zhimomi on Monday said that the Municipal and Town councils in the state were not meant for extortion but to usher in more development. “The first agenda for any association in the state is to find out ways to find funds and collect taxes” he said addressing the inaugural programme of Chumukedima Town Council (CTC) conference hall as chief guest. Disapproving the heavy taxation on traders, the MLA called for bringing development by the councils through implementation of various government schemes in their areas. He lauded the efforts of the CTC for utilizing various sources in building the conference hall. Emphasizing on the need for self reliance, the chief guest said that the government alone could not do anything in terms of bringing development, providing employment etc and called upon the councils to compete with each other for development. He described the year 2009 as “historic and a “year of achievement,” and said that the proof of development could be seen in the local dailies where one or the other inauguration takes place everyday. Speaking on the Naga political issue, Azheto said all the 62 elected members including both the members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were together and serious about solving the decades old problem. “We want to finish the Naga issue as early as possible” he added. However, Azheto also said it would not be possible without the help of the people. He appealed for the support of the people on the issue. He reminded that the main agenda for the DAN government was to solve the Naga political issue. ADC Dimapur Sedevikho Khro in his speech lauded the efforts of the CTC for not depending on the government alone for building the conference hall. Attributing the successful completion of the project to the unity among the council members and public, the ADC pointed out that there could be no development without coordination and cooperation among the people. “Let this be precedence to all the town councils of Nagaland” he added. Stating that even nullahs in Dimapur were being encroached upon, the ADC called for proper planning of Chumukedima town. Earlier, CTC chairman, Neitsuhu Kotsü in his welcome speech gave a brief history of the CTC and its achievements within the past five years. He informed that the foundation of the conference hall was laid during the time of former CM and present Maharashtra Governor, Dr S. C. Jamir. The chairman also expressed gratitude to all the individuals and groups for contributing towards completion of the project.

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