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Rio addresses Old Boys Assn. meet cum picnic at Punglwa

Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and H&FW minister Azo belting oldies for the old boys at the get-together at Punglwa, Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Nov 22 (NPN):
Published on 22 Nov. 2010 7:23 PM IST
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Old boys(‘old’ as in receding and graying hair and ‘boys’ as in being what they are) all former students of various Sainik schools under the banner of Old Boys Association of Sainik Schools (OBASS) , Nagaland chapter held their second meet-cum-pic nic, though quite formally on Monday at a site near the Sainik School Punglwa.
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, in his address, said OBASS was formed to look after the welfare of former sainik school students and proposed setting up of a common fund for the purpose. A former student of Sainik School Purulia, Rio also proposed the OBASS organize yearly events Rio also urged OBASS members to encourage Naga parents in sending their children to the Sainik School Punglwa.He said each of the former students learnt a lot and that has helped them become useful to society.
Rio also spoke on how the proposal for a sainik school in Nagaland took shape when he had it okayed by former minister of defence George Fernandes during the NDA regime and which was ultimately inaugurated by defence minister A.K.Antony in 2007.
Presently there are 412 students from classes I to X and later after upgradation, Sainik School Punglwa will have around 600 students, he said.
Rio said he would also take up the issue of exchange of the number students from Nagaland to study at various sainik schools and not only to sainik school Imphal. where old friends meet and strengthen bonds.
Approving the proposed OBASS Guest House at the site, Rio said it will benefit members to hold programs whenever they visit Sainik School Punglwa with their families.
He said the proposed guest house will be funded by the state government in a PPP mode with OBASS members through individual contributions. To start with Rio donated Rs.One lakh towards the OBASS guest house fund including Rs.2 lakh for OBASS welfare fund. Another OBASS member and minister of health and family welfare Azo Neinu, also pledged Rs.One Lakh including guest attendee minister for planning T.R.Zeliang, who also pledged Rs.50,000 towards the OBASS guest house.
Other members also made pledges to donate handsome amount to the OBASS guest house.
Earlier, Editor Nagaland Post Geoffrey Yaden in his welcome said the idea to open a sainik school in Nagaland was birthed at the first OBA meet held at Hotel Japfü in 1996 when members felt that they had to give back something to the people.He said OBASS members are today well positioned at various levels of government and society and through their unity could also radiate the same among various sections of society.
He said the idea remained only as such till it was given the much needed push by chief minister Neiphiu Rio who not only made it a reality but continue to be the pillar of strength of the OBASS.
The vote of thanks was proposed by DGP(prison & home guards)O.Alem IPS.
Meanwhile, during the business hour, the by laws of the association was adopted and a core team was set up, with OBASS president L Kire as convener, including a committee for the guest house project.
The chief minister along with other members also held a meeting with the authorities of Sainik School Punglwa where he gave inputs on improving the works before the meeting.
He also inspected various sites where ongoing construction works were being undertaken.
Some of the prominent alumni who attended the get together included Medical Minister Kuzholuzo, DGP (Prison & Home Guards) O Alem, Commissioner and Secretary (Power, L&E) R B Thong and Ex-MLA Imtiyanger besides many other former sainik school students.
Rio also took the stage with Azo Neinu and belted some oldies for the old boys, with the NAP band giving back up.

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