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Lotha GBs called to focus on economic dev
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 12 (NPN):
Published on 12 Jun. 2010 11:54 PM IST
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The 5th Lotha GB’s foundation day was observed on June 12 at Lotha Hoho Ki, Dimapur on Saturday with SDO (store) Agriculture, Dimapur Jacob Yanthan as the chief guest.
Describing GB’s as the bridge between the people and the government the SDO urged them to discharge their duties responsibly. He said participation and unity were the two important aspects needed at this juncture among the Lotha Nagas.
He also stated that Lothas could have achieved a great deal in the past had they been united, and at the same time called for greater participation and unity amongst Lothas to move forward.
Though a GB’s duty is a voluntary service, nevertheless he pointed out that they have been empowered by the government to solve law and order problems in their respective villages and colonies.
Adding that village economic developmental funds came directly to the GB’s in the village unlike the past, he urged the gathering to focus in uplifting the economy of the poor and downtrodden in their respective villages and colonies. He also asked GB’s to be optimistic; stating that unconstructiveness in the society would never take the society ahead.
GB, M.Y Ngullie, president Dimapur District GB’s association in his exhortation said Lothas were yet to occupy 14 GB posts which has been lying vacant and also urged his fellow GBs to fight for the community.
With 36 GBs presently in Dimapur, he lamented as to why not a single Lotha name was not included during the naming of the gallery in Dimapur District Sports Complex while the tribe was one among the first settlers in Dimapur, having the first Dimapur Town Council chairman in the person of Nyamo Lotha as its chairman, besides several public leaders in Dimapur,
General Secretary Naga Council Dimapur, Ntsemo Ngullie, described GB’s as the custodian of the customary law.
He solicited GBs to rededicate themselves to the service of the people, and urged them to pay heed to the welfare of the poor and downtrodden in their respective jurisdiction.
He also questioned as to why Lothas who were also one among the members in the formation of NNC, Naga Hoho movements that began in Wokha district during the British era failed to pursue their goals up till now.
Others who spoke included Lihow Lotha GBs vice chairman, Lotha Hoho chairman representative, Nzanbemo Mozhui, Lotha woman chairperson, secretary Lotha students union, Dimapur and elders such as Dr. T. John, Tokheli Kikon, DMC advisor.

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