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Village guard Monyakshu celebrate golden jubliee

Kejong Chang inspecting the parade at Monyakshu village. (NP)
Correspondent MON, NOV 5(NPN):
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Published on 7 Nov. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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Village Guard (VG) of Monyakshu village celebrated its golden jubilee from November 1 to 3 with Kejong Chang, advisor village guard organisation, DBs & GBS affairs as chief guest at Monyakshu local ground, about 122 Kms away from Mon.
Briefing on the formation and aims and objectives of the village guards, Kejong Chang said the purpose of VGs was to provide peace and security to the village as there was no police force in the region.
He added at the early stages of the formation of VGs, many villagers refused to accept or enlist in VG due to fear of Naga National Movement, except few villages such as Pangsha, Monyakshu and Hakjang.
However, he said at present, taking the example of these three villages, the strength of VGs in Nagaland has increased up to 15000. In this regard, Kejong congratulated Monyakshu VGs for their noble service and on attaining 50 years of its existence. On building the bridge between Changs and Konyaks, he urged upon the people to forgive and forget the past and march ahead for peace and development.
Describing state chief minister Neiphiu Rio as a man of vision, he said under Rio, 60 elected Naga legislatures resolved to unite together, leaving aside their political differences, and to act as felicitators to the Naga peace process.
He further appealed to the people to maintain peace and extend cooperation to the peace process till Naga political solution was achieved.
Also speaking at the occasion as guest of honour, parliamentary secretary youth resources & sports and land revenue, K. Naiba Konyak said it was due to the presence of VGs in Monyakshu that many law and order problems and incidents, which would have turned ugly, could be solved and that their records are being maintained with “Golden Ink”.
Meanwhile, thanking and appreciating the then D.B, Kejong Chang, who along with the then political officer Tuensang, S.N Sentok for recommending the creation of Village Guards in Nagaland, Naiba Konyak said that it was due to their efforts that peace prevailed in the interior region.
He also termed it as fortunate to have Kejong Chang, who may be called the pioneer of VGs in Nagaland.
Others who spoke on the occasion were deputy commissioner Tuensang, ADC Tobu and deputy commandant VG Mon.
Rev. Yeangphoang, Evangelist cum literature secretary Konyak Baptist Church Association, Mon was the speaker. Earlier, welcome address and brief history of Monyakshu VG was delivered by L. Snagti, Rdt. assistant commandant and chairman Monyakshu Village Council. The chief guest also gave away the ‘Golden Jubilee Medal’ award to 7 (seven) outstanding VGs of Monyakshu. The jubilee began with the chief guest unfurling the VG flag and taking salute from six VG contingents.

 
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