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Wakching a pioneer village of Mon: Rio
Correspondent MON, NOV 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Nov. 2010 1:37 AM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday described Wakching as a pioneer village of Mon district and lauded the village for being the first amongst Konyaks to embrace Christianity, education, township and for producing good leaders in the society.
“Although both British Indian Government and the Constitution of India have recognized the unique identity and culture of the Nagas, our fellow Nagas have failed to recognize our uniqueness”, Rio said and called upon the people to keep up individualism and tribalism and adopt ‘Nagaism’ to pave way for Naga peace process in the right direction.
Speaking at the inauguration of Town Hall at Wakching, Rio pointed out that `67 cores had been allotted under DUDA department for special development program for four backward districts of the state and the department was created for most backward district to fill the gap, which was left untouched by other general developmental program in these four districts.
Meanwhile minister for forest M.C Konyak, appreciated that the oldest town of the district ie.Wakching, had finally inaugurated a Town hall, which could be of multiple use for both the government and the villagers, NGOs’. In this regard he urged the people to make good use of the hall and to maintain the hall for the benefit of the people.
The chief minister was accompanied by Imkong L Imchen home minister, Dr. Chumben Murry, minister of agriculture, Nyeiwang Konyak, minister of education and C.L John, MLA,
Further, Rio also inaugurated the New Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) building at Wakching, about 33 kms away from Mon Hq. Addressing the students, Rio them to give their best in their studies. “Wherever one studies, be it in cities, towns or village, it all depends upon an individual’s to fare well in their studies”, Rio said.
Stating that there is no shortcut in education, he advised ‘partnership of parents, students and teachers in imparting qualitative education to a child’.
Encouraging the parents and elders to join adult schooling, to learn to read and write, he said “In modern era, life without education is like a blind men”. He also assured of extending full co-operation, assistance and help to the school.
Speaking on the education and economic backwardness of the district, minister for education Nyeiwang Konyak, appealed the youth, especially student community to continue and finish their studies so as to eradicate education backwardness. On economic backwardness he lamented that although Konyaks are blessed with fertile land, the people of the region lack ‘dignity of labour’. Therefore he encouraged them to work hard and make good use of the fertile land.
Emphasizing on quality education he said that only those who posses essential qualification such as B.Ed/training at DIET would be appointed to the post a teacher. He also made it clear that it was mandatory for adhoc teachers to posses B.Ed course to be regularized, without which they may be terminated.
He disclosed that 11 model schools are being sanctioned for the four backward districts, viz Mon,Tuensang, Kiphire and Longleng. M.C Konyak, who brought JNV to Wakching apprised the people of the difficulties that he faced in bringing JNV to the district. Pointing that the JNV followed the CBSE syllabus, he said that schooling at JNV Wakching was same as schooling at the rest of the country.
Stating that rural children are being deprived of facilities compared to that of the urban children, Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS)said that NVS was established with the aim of providing a qualitative education to the talented children, preferably from the rural areas. Commissioner also requested Rio to provide better road condition in-order to provide better infrastructural buildings and better education to the children of the region.
Earlier the program was chaired by Deputy Commissioner Mon Dinesh Kumar, invocation prayer by Rev. Yoko Konyak Pastor Wakching Village Baptist Church, welcome song by JNV students and folk song by Wakching town men and women cultural troupes.

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