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Rio asks public to help govt eradicate scams
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 9 (NPN)
Published on 10 Apr. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio Friday sought the cooperation of all sections of Naga society to eradicate administrative anomalies and scandals for the benefit of the future generation.
Addressing the inaugural function of Northern Angami Students Union (NASU) Golden Jubilee celebration (1960-2010) on Friday at Nerhema village under the theme “Retrospection, Introspection, Prospect,” Rio said, “We cannot stake the fate of our future generation, for which we must have a clean administration in the state.’’
Pointing out that Nagaland has the highest ratio of government employees in the country accounting to 10% of the state’s population, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio said employment under the government has also reached a saturation point and called upon the Naga people to seriously ponder upon what was wrong with their society.
Rio said the government was spending around 70% of funds from the centre on salaries of government employees while another 30% funds was spent on developmental activities and catering to the rest 90% of the state’s population.
The chief minister lashed out at those government employees who were not attending to their offices but drawing salaries, thus sending wrong notion to families and children.
On the bogus teacher’s appointment scam that rocked the state, Rio said that the SIT, Vigilance Commission set up by the government to investigate the entire matter had come out with a startling report that around Rs.25 crores was spent on salaries of bogus teachers. He said a special verification drive was on and he urged upon the students’ union, village education committee and village council to help the government to identify genuine and bogus teachers.
Admitting that the state government was losing out the money, Rio said that the real losers were the innocent children, whose educational careers were being compromised.
“We cannot compromise educational career of our children and it was not good for our society and a shame for not bringing out the truth” he said.
On the Naga political issue, the chief minister said that the students have a crucial role to play and should be united in their efforts to bring about permanent peace. He said the Naga public wanted the political issue to be resolved with a permanent solution so that more development could take place.
Earlier, he also extended greetings and best wishes to the NASU on completion 50 years and appreciated the Nerhema village for successfully hosting the golden jubilee.
The chief minister also handed over the Young Achiever’s Award to Kesonyii Yhome, IAS, SDO (c) Mokokchung. Upon his arrival, Rio unveiled the Jubilee Monolith and was given a traditional welcome.
The function was chaired by Riiyazelie Keyho, convenor steering committee, invocation said by Dziesetuolie Chadi, Pastor Chiephobozou Baptist Church while welcome speech was delivered by Keneilhoulie Pienyii, President Nerhema Students Union.
Former NASU presidents were the sessions’ guest.
Folk song, special number etc were other highlights of the programme. (With inputs from UNI)

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