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Village leadership training at Tening
Correspondent JALUKIE, AUG 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Aug. 2010 12:13 AM IST
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Development Association of Nagaland (DAN) organized a one day village leadership training at town hall, Tening with S. Chuba Longkumer, BDO Tening and P. David, Project Coordinator of DAN as resource persons. The resource persons dwelt on the topics “roles and responsibilities of village council members and awareness of village developmental schemes” and “what is leadership? role and responsibilities” respectively.
While addressing the first session of the programme, Chuba recalled how the village and Area Council Act 1978 came into being on March 9, 1979 where the formation of village council members and its chairman was formed in every recognized villages through administrative notification. He pointed out that the composition, tenure and power and duties of the council and its chairman were clearly mentioned in the Act which automatically becomes an act after being passed by the Cabinet and consented by the Governor by which uniform administration in all the recognized villages are followed till date.
While pointing out that the awareness of village development schemes were jointly done by the village council and VDB management committee, he said that all the working system in the villages for any kind of development under the Government of Nagaland and various departments were executed under the supervision of the village council chairman. In this regard Chuba illustrated that as and when schemes were formulated, the village council chairman has to countersign and forward to the concerned department for onward action. He opined that since the village council members and chairman were formed through government notification, the village council itself was one of the government agents and all the directive given by the Government has to be followed with the guidance of the village council chairman and members.
The resource person further pointed out that the state government had fully empowered the village council for any kind of developmental activities in its jurisdiction which was a peculiar characteristic working policy adopted from the grassroots level in Nagaland alone.
Chuba however expressed regret that in many villages in the state, the retired village council chairman instead of cooperating with the new chairman become hardcore opponent by which many ugly situations were created thereby paving way for an adverse atmosphere to prevail in the villages which hampered all round development and unity among the people.
In this regard, he advised all outgoing village council chairmen in the villages to co-operate with the new chairman in order to avoid misunderstandings and controversies in the villages. He said that the village council and its court was the starting point for every successful activity all over the Nation.

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