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Nikhashe takes over as AO, DMC
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Feb. 2010 12:53 AM IST
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Listing out price control and sanitation as top priorities, the newly appointed Administrative Officer (AO) and Chief Executive Officer of Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) Nikhashe Sema took over the reins of the office after the tenure of the present councilors ended on Sunday. It may be mentioned that the state government had issued an order dissolving the municipal and town councils across the state and at the same time withholding elections in the state for an indefinite period. Elaborating on his plans, Nikhashe said cleanliness drive in the form of social work will be carried ward wise before the onset on monsoon. Describing the sanitation of Dimapur being in a poor state, the newly appointed AO asserted that “Dimapur cannot improve without sanitation”. Expressing concern over the ever spiraling price of edibles, the AO asserted that a balanced approach was needed to tackle the problem further revealing that discussions were already going on with the livestock suppliers to deliver only healthy products. He also disclosed that the new team would ascertain ifference in rates between the wholesale market and retail market in order to lessen the burden on the consumers. Along with it, the AO also emphasized on regular inspection of perishable food items. Voicing concern over the excess appointment of lower grade staffs despite having no sanction, DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier urged the newly appointed AO to maintain a proper record with regard to fund position and appointments. “It’s a prestige issue for the administration” he asserted. It was reported that more that 100 plus posts were regularized within the past few weeks even though there was no sanction from any quarter. The DC also expressed apprehension over the variations in tax collections from all the four toll gates of Dimapur and suggested computerizing the entire tax collecting system in all the toll gates. Stating that this would help bring about a uniform rate in collection of taxes, the DC also promised to extend help to implement the changes. While on the issue of price control, the DC called for regulating the market with emphasis on perishable commodities along with strict penalty against defaulters. It may be noted that with the end of tenure for the current councilors of DMC, the CEO of the council was appointed as the Administrative Officer (AO) who will be assisted by 7-8 advisors from various walks of life. The Advisory Board will also include a woman and representative from a minority community also. The governor has recently directed that the recommendation of names for nomination/appointment for the advisory committee should be completed and submitted to the secretary, urban development on or before February 28.

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