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Shürhozelie on devp plans, inaugurates new directorate complex

Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu (2nd from right) with secretary urban development, Norman Putsure and Director, Ken Keditsu at the inaugural of the directorate complex on Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Oct. 2010 12:18 AM IST
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Nagaland minister for urban development & higher education Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu Tuesday said urban infrastructure development scheme would become one of the main programmes of the department if more towns were added to the existing list of 82 towns every year with more allocation of fund.
Speaking as the chief guest at the inauguration of five-storeyed building of the directorate of urban development at New Secretariat area Kohima, Dr. Shürhozelie called upon officials of the directorate to make the complex a model for work culture, and not just for its beauty.
Highlighting the important programmes under the department, the minister urged officers, in-charge of districts, to effectively implement the programmes for the best interest of the people.
Maintaining that department had been allotted with additional responsibility of looking after urban local bodies despite manpower shortage, the minister said the department should be ready to shoulder more responsibility with possible devolution of functions and resources of the ULBs, as per 74th CAA.
The present three municipals and 16 town councils would likely increase with the rise in urban population, he said.
The minister called on the need to advice the authority for decentralized governance by urban local bodies and the consequent need to ensure that the bodies have adequate administrative, financial and technical capacities to manage themselves.
Dr. Shürhozelie also mentioned that the department introduced neighbourhood development programme (NDP) to encourage system of neighbourhood on a stronger base by extending financial help.
Blaming some policy makers for failing to give due recognition to the programme, the minister, however, expressed his hope that programme would be given due importance by the department.
State urban development director Ken Keditsu informed that total expenditure of the new directorate complex was `521 lakh out of `381 lakh allocated under State Plan.
Expressing gratitude to the minister for his initiation and effort in constructing the building, the director expressed hope that directorate staffs would work in healthier environment and render better services.
Urban development secretary Norman Putsure, while calling upon the employees, said eventually what mattered most would be the kind of service that department provides and not exquisiteness of the building.
He also urged the department staffs to keep the building and its surroundings clean.
The building was constructed with Richard Belho as the architect and Atuolie Mepfhüo as contractor.

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