: Minister for urban development and higher education, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu along with officials of urban development visited the establishment of Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) on Monday and held interactive meeting with members of the DMC advisory committee.
Shurhozelie asked the advisory members to take advantage of the peace prevailing in the state and carry out their responsibilities to bring about a change of advancement. The minister was of the view that once the DMC taxation system was properly streamlined the DMC could earn revenue in surplus. He added that streamlining of taxation must be given priority and asserted the DMC should be in a position to sustain itself and be able to help other town councils.
Stressing on the need of proper sanitation, Dr. Shurhozelie said that sanitation problem in Dimapur was mainly because of haphazard construction and encroachment. He said that Dimapur, one of the fastest growing cities should be given serious importance to tackle the sanitation problem. Expressing confidence on the newly appointed team of advisors, he said that the government had chosen each individual having experience in different field and with their capabilities and expressed hope that a change will come for people of Dimapur.
Adding that DMC needs good foundation and improvement in its functioning system, he urged the advisory committee to give their best to bring a change in the DMC. He also appealed to them to maintain accountability and transparency. Maongwati Aier, Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, in his speech thanked the government for approving regularization of staff. He thanked the minister for allocating grand in aid of Rs. 6 lakhs for staff salary. He also informed the minister that the Sanitation branch have been doing well in maintaining proper sanitation.
Other members including representatives from Medziphema Town Council and Chumukidema Town Council also spoke on the occasion.