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VP lauds communitisation, visits Kigwema, WWII cemetry at Kohima

Md. Hamid Ansari and his lady wife, Salma Ansari along with state dignitaries visit a traditional house at Kigwema Village on Sunday. (NP)
Correspondent KIGWEMA, SEPT 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Sep. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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Vice president Md. Hamid Ansari lauded the decentralization of power to the community in Nagaland, through communitization, as a “beautiful and perfect model” for the country to emulate, and improved upon.
Though modalities may differ from place to place, there were so many extremely innovative things which could be borrowed by others, Ansari said after hearing reports of the communitized departments from the various committees of the village during his visit to Kigwema village some 16 kms away from Kohima Sunday.
The Village Development Board, Village Education Committee, Water and Sanitation Committee, Village Electricity Management Board and Village Health Committee presented brief reports on their various activities and achievements since the communitization and formation of the committees.
Addressing the villagers at the village council hall, Ansari expressed interest in the reports presented by various village committees and said that the organizational structure of functioning reminded him of what Mahatma Gandhi stated that India lived in its villages.
Stating that the various reports of the village committees was a perfect example of how the society lived on social contract, Ansari termed his visit to the village as “very educative” personally as such things were not known to those who lived in the national capital Delhi.
“This village is so resourceful and so close to the nature,” he said and thanked the villagers for giving him and wife the opportunity to visit the village and get first hand experience of the village life. The vice president said he was touched by the warm welcome accorded to his entourage and the villagers gathered to welcome him despite being Sunday.
During his interaction with the gathering, Ansari asked the Village Health Committee as to what difficulties it faced and how the problems were solved. To this, the VHC chairman answered that the village has around 7000 population but did not have a sub centre of its own while the PHC was some distance away.
To the vice president’s query if any interaction programmes were held between the school authority and parents, the VEC chairman responded in the affirmative and said such interactions were held frequently.
Earlier, additional chief secretary & development commissioner, Alemtemshi Jamir IAS highlighted the concept and history of communitization and briefed the gathering on the effectiveness of the village bodies.
Governor of Nagaland, Nikhil Kumar who accompanied the visiting vice president was touched by the warm welcome and impressed by the various reports prompting him to say few words even after the vote of thanks was proposed. He said that the visit to the village was a “great pleasure and very educative” and assured to revisit the village in appropriate time.
The governor assured the gathering villagers that the various problems mentioned in the various reports were noted and that the government would look into the problems.
Meanwhile, the vice president visited the World War II cemetery in the morning and laid wreaths in honour of the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the famous Kohima theatre of the WW-II. Ansari made the same remark in the two Visitor’s Books at the War Memorial, presented by Hq. 3 Corps and the Visitor’s Book Livre Des Visiteurs, maintained by Common Wealth War Grave Commission Maidenhead Berkshire England stating, “salute to the heroes of a great battle.”
Later, he interacted with the state cabinet colleague, civil societies and apex tribal organizations. (With inputs from DIPR)
Tuensang visit cancellation regretted
State government had regretted the cancellation of the vice president Dr. M. Hamid Ansari’s visit to Tuensang on Sunday. According to an official bulletin, commissioner & secretary, IPR, M.K. Mero said the Air Headquarter did not give security clearance since the weather condition was not safe for the helicopter flight and hence the visit of the VVIP had to be cancelled at the eleventh hour.
The state government has regretted the inconveniences caused to the people of Tuensang due to the cancellation of the scheduled visit and requested all concerned to bear the inconvenience caused due to conditions beyond its control.

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