Minister for Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) Dr Ngangshi called upon engineers of PHED to create a vision document and work diligently towards achieving the target. “Form a core committee to create a vision document and bring out a concept” he said. The Minister was addressing 3rd general conference of the Association Public Health Engineers (APHE) as chief guest at Niathu resort on Friday.
Asserting that it was a privilege to head the PHED as a minister, Dr Ngangshi pointed out that engineers and doctors were part of the elite class of intelligentsia and challenged them to live upto the expectation of the public. While at the same time he also averred that both PHED and medical department was akin to one another; the only difference being the doctors cannot delegate their responsibilities to their subordinates unlike the engineers. Dwelling on the same point, the chief guest further urged the members to supervise the projects so that quality can be maintained. “Delegation of responsibility will certainly dissolve and compromise the quality of works” he said.
Pointing out that water was a scare commodity; the PHED minister challenged the engineers to take up the issue of involving community in maintaining water resource and create ways and means to sustain water resources. “Demand is increasing but supply is decreasing and we cannot just depend on past technologies” he said. While maintaining that it was a big challenge to supply water to villages perched on hilltops, Dr Ngangshi also cautioned about various difficulties while implementing the same. “If there is no water, our civilizations cannot exist” he added.
Asserting that sanitation was not only a flagship programme of the government of India but also a part of the millennium goals of the United Nation’s, Dr Ngangshi urged the engineers to work towards ensuring total sanitation in all the 1386 recognized village of the state.
The chief later ended his speech by exhorting the engineers to focus on contributing towards rather than putting more stress on their welfare.
Delivering the presidential address, Er K G Sumi called upon his colleagues to work with diligence in ensuring safe drinking water to all inhabitants and total sanitation by 2012. at the saem time he also urged the government to issue proper guideline and look after the welfare of the officers. “As public health engineers, our concern are to supply safe drinking water and also promote healthy living condition” he added. Chief Engineer, PHED, Khetovi Sumi, who also exhorted the gathering pointed out that their profession was on safeguarding the “health of the public”. He also pointed out that all the villages established before the year 2000 have been connected with water supply and called upon the community to take proper care of it. Calling upon the officer to uphold their professional caliber and practice, the Chief Engineer stressed on displaying maximum working knowledge and educating the public at the same time. Earlier, delivering the welcome address, Addl CE Ovung and Advisor, APHE stressed on upgrading one knowledge with the fast pace growth of science and technology.