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DMC advisory committee assures clean governance
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 13 (NPN)
Published on 14 Apr. 2010 12:23 AM IST
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At the first meeting with officials of Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC), the 12 member Advisory Committee of Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) on Tuesday assured the denizens of Dimapur that they would try to usher in changes with honesty and sincerity.
Speaking on behalf of the members, Er K Keditsu expressed gratitude to government for reposing faith on them. He also pointed out that the situation for them was quite different since there were nominated and promised to work hand in hand with the government.
Clarifying on the issue on why the civic elections were not held, Advisor Sericulture and Cooperation & chairman Dimapur District Planning & Development Board (DPDB) Azheto stated that sole aim of the government was not to derail the ongoing peace process by bringing in differences among the political parties. At the same time he also made a scathing remark of the previous tenures by asserting that rampant corruptions was also another issue which had cropped up. The government has full faith in you and you try to streamline the entire process, he told the members.
Azheto also informed that a chief advisor will be selected amongst the 12 members who will coordinate for better cooperation and governance. A full fledged office will also come up for the members, he said.
Addressing the committee members, Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi called upon them to set an example on how a municipal should function in a befitting manner. Dimapur is the face and index of Nagaland and any kind of steps taken here will affect other districts, he added.
Khekiho also maintained that the selection of the Advisory Committee was not biased but rather on their capability and as citizens of Dimapur. “Tribalism and favoritism was not a criterion for selection” he averred. Stating that complacency among the members was not acceptable, the MP also called for honesty and integrity among then while discharging their duties. He also emphasized on positive approach and firm unity among the members. “Don’t prove that the wisdom of the government in selecting you is wrong” he stated. Stressing on the need for dignity of labour, the MP also urged the committee members to fully utilize the services of the 282 employees of the DMC. At the same time he also cautioned the defaulting employees, by advocating the members to make it no work, discharge rather than no work, no pay.
Deputy Commissioner Maongwati Aier who also spoke at the meeting, listed out the priorities for the committee. “Price rise, sanitation and stream lining of toll tax need utmost attention” he said. He also expressed his appreciation to the CEO of DMC for addressing the problem of price rise especially in New Market by introducing a slew of measures.
Informing about the upcoming major projects, DC said that the work for a new hygienic abattoir has already started and more developments were in the pipeline. He also added that the government had sanctioned Rs 6 lakhs last year for DMC.
Later interacting with this reporter, the lone lady member Tokheli Kikon expressed gratitude to the government and averred that she would certainly try to bring some changes and contribute for a better Dimapur. She also said that she was ready to stand up for women related issues and interact more with them.
Meanwhile, CEO of DMC Nikhashe expressed gratitude to government for nominating God fearing members and expressed hope that they would work towards giving out a better image for Dimapur and implement the visions of the government. He also informed that the different tasks will be assigned to the members by end of this month.
Toll taxes and trade license to be computerized
In a major step to curb rampant misuse of toll tax receipts and trade license, DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier informed that the both the divisions will be streamlined and computerized and for which the process has already started.
When asked about the computerization process, CEO of DMC also further added that the process will go a long way in addressing the problem of rampant illegal taxation.

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