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Okotso village gets first agri link road under NREGA

Parliamentary secretary for RD and REPA, Pangnyu Phom inaugurating the 10 kilometer Agri link road at Okotso village,Wokha district. Also seen is TL Merry VP NPF press bureau and dept officials on Wednesday (NP)
Staff Reporter OKOTSO /WOKHA, JUN 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Jun. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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The 10 kilometer stretch Agri Link Road constructed under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) was inaugurated by Parliamentary secretary for Rural Development, REPA, Pangnyu Phom as the chief guest.
The link road from PWD road to Chubi (Doyang River) is the first link road inaugurated under NREGA scheme and the only life line for farmers of Okotso village.
It has been almost after 17 years, a minister from ruling government had visited the Okotso village even though it was the first village among the Kyong (Lotha) area to embrace Christianity.
Earlier, addressing the villagers T. L Merry, former candidate and presently the vice president of Naga People’s front (NPF) press bureau said beneficiaries should utilize the developmental work and Okotso village should set an example as far as NREGA developmental projects was concerned. He said village beneficiaries should perform their duty with all sincerity and transparency, which in turn would bring about successful projects as proven experience in Okotso village.
While stating that NREGA funds should be used in a judicious manner as the scheme was meant for poor and downtrodden, Merry expressed happiness with workmanship put in and utilisation of funds in completing the project.
Thanking the chief guest and the department officials and other dignitaries present on the occasion, he further requested the chief guest to further assists in improving and soiling of the link road.
The chief guest while addressing the gathering said that it was time for Nagas to speak the truth and to act in truth and venture should begin from a place where Christianity sprang up.
He said in case of Kyong (Lotha) tribe, Okotso village should lead the charge as it was the first village to accept Christianity in Kyong (Lotha) region.
Stating that there 1128 Village development board (VDB) was set up in Nagaland; he cautioned them against misusing of funds and not to mix development with politics.
Spelling out importance of peaceful co-existence among the Nagas, Pangnyu said when there was peace, development would follow suit and it would be automatic.
The chief guest also urged the villagers’ elders those present of the occasion to co-operate with present DAN government which works for developmental projects in Nagaland.
Stressing on the Rural Development and the NREGA, Pangnyu said NREGA funds belonged to rural people which composed about 80% in population.
The chief guest also appealed to villagers to co-operate with RD development officials staff and to safeguard as they go about implementing the projects in the rural areas and far flung areas.
Additional Director, Rural Development Y Giba urged villagers to safeguard and maintain the road. He said villagers should take more initiative in maintaining the road as it connected an area which had enormous agriculture potentiality. He also urged them to cultivate the civic sense in safeguarding the property provided by the government.
The chief guest also donated Rs.1 lakh to the villagers. Others who were present on the occasion include Project Director,DRDA Wokha, SDO (C) Sanis, BDO Sanis block and various other host of dignitaries and public leaders and elders from Dimapur, Kohima and Wokha town.

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