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25th year of FONSESA, Set quality benchmark; Rio tells FONSESA

Chief minister Neiphiu Rio releasing the silver jubilee souvenir of FONSESA on Wednesday at IG Stadium.
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 15 (NPN):
Published on 16 Sep. 2010 12:18 AM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday advocated quality control of infrastructure with the cooperation of engineers to create world class infrastructure in the state and for which, a Quality Control Board has been constituted in all engineering constructions in the state.
Stating this while addressing the silver jubilee celebration of Federation of Nagaland State Engineering Services Association (FONSESA), Rio emphasized that quality and standard were matters of concern for the government due to poor workmanship.
Taking the example of a BRO bridge that collapsed even before use along NH 150 between Chakhabama and Kikrüma villages, Rio said that such blunders should be an eye-opener about poor quality control which could be a liability to progress and development of the state.
In his exhortation, the chief minister pointed out that the engineering field has not produced sufficient Naga carpenters or labourers skilled in construction works.
He therefore urged upon FONSESA to take the challenge and impart methods of construction to the youth and also to coordinate with the church, youths, students’ community to impart training on construction.
Commenting on poor standards of service, he said that hardly 30% of government servants actually work and the inefficient system affects all schemes and development activities.
He urged FONSESA to assist the government to improve work quality and also help make policy to provide high and quality technical inputs.
Expressing resentment over the general tendency of blaming the present state of affairs to the “Indo-Naga” political problem, Rio termed it as a “deceptive point of view”.
Rio said if such tendencies were not changed, then the poor standards and value system would continue to plague the society even after solving of the political issue. He reminded FONSESA about its responsibility and impact on quality of life and encouraged the members to take the lead in creating the best infrastructure and services befitting modern society.
Guest of honour for the occasion, Er. S.I. Longkumer, also founding president of FONSESA, called upon engineers to be open in their approach in any arena of development. He urged the association to become a strong team to shoulder responsibilities and bring out meaningful mechanism for development. The guest of honour earlier laid foundation stone of FONSESA building at PWD Complex, Kohima.
Delivering the presidential address, president of FONSESA Er. Fury Putsure affirmed that association’s commitment to uphold and protect the dignity, powers and responsibility of engineers to deliver services judiciously to the government and the public. Maintaining that the association exists to maximize capacity and efficiency of engineers with dignity in development programme, the president also highlighted and activities of the government and some long standing demands of the association which included status of engineers downgraded with each ROP.
Er. Putsure said the downgrading was done from the levels of chief engineer to assistant engineer level since 1981 ROP and asserted that the earlier status of engineers vis-a-vis other branches and departments of the state government should be restored with the 6th ROP. He also pointed out that the secretariat of the technical department should be headed and manned by technical personnel from relevant department.
Underlining the important role of engineers, he called upon FONSESA members to rededicate themselves to work with sincerity, integrity and dignity towards their duty.
The jubilee souvenir was later released by chief minister Neiphiu Rio. The programme was chaired by Er. Chanbemo Lotha. The chief minister was accompanied by a host of his cabinet members, district administration heads and other well wishers.

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