Delegation of power to the people is the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation and Nagaland is the luckiest state to implement Gandhiji’s wish through village development board and communitization, said R.Khing, Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture Thursday.
Delegation of power is Mahatma Gandhi philosophy and he wished to build India through the grassroot level, but unfortunately other part of the country could not fulfill his wishes. Khing said this while addressing the public after inaugurating the newly constructed Phenshünyu Village Council Hall and newly constructed Health Sub-Centre.
Nagaland although a small state was blessed with visionary leaders and officers who had initiated the process of delegation of power to the people by introducing village development board and also communitization which fruit the people are enjoying today, he said. Delegation of power particularly for planning is very important, he added.
He also pointed out that there are two important institutions in the Naga society today which include the Church and village council. While the Church play vital role of teaching moral values, the village council see the welfare of the village.
Dwelling on the role and responsibilities of leaders, he reminded that changes may come during the leadership of some one while some leader wasted both time and money. He therefore called upon the leaders present that when they were given the chance to lead at various levels including the Village Council, it was the bounden duty of the leaders to do something so that they could leave behind a legacy for the generation to come.
The Parliamentary Secretary also congratulated Phenshünyu village leaders for beautifully constructing the new Village Council Hall and Health Sub-Centre with a limited budget and said that the two buildings was constructed for the service of the people.
Further he lauded Phenshünyu village for their immense contribution to the Rengma community and the Nagas as a whole by producing several visionary leaders in every field and also several senior government officials. Phenshünyu was once a very backward village but produced so many visionary leaders such as Whenha under whose leadership as the president of the Rengma Hoho established the first Middle English School which was later taken over by the state government. Later he became the first Ato Kilonser in the FGN.
Further, he recalled the sacrifice and suffering made by Phenshünyu village who had faced the brunt of the Indian Army who came and shot death innocent villagers and burnt down the village where many were charred to death, he added. Later, he also inaugurated the Agri Expo organized in the ground infront of the two newly inaugurated building where several societies exhibit and sell local agricultural products.
Earlier, Dr. G Kemp, joint director health and family welfare in his address on the occasion revealed that out of total 33 Health Sub-Centre which constructed across the state, four were given to Kohima district and that included two in Rengma areas which include Phenshünyu and Tsomsimyu. He also stressed on the importance of health care delivery and said that health index determine the progress of a society. Further, he also stressed the need for village council to take part in health care delivery and mooted the idea that the VC can take a resolution for compulsory pre-natal check up and also compulsory immunization of all children.
Several others including Director, Industry Er.Keppen G Rengma, ADC Tsemenyu Ms. Ahula Throse also spoke on the occasion while Rengma Hoho President Kegwanye L. Kemp and PKR Union President Peter Himb shared their greetings on the occasion.