Mon district VDB conference-cum-training was held at Chenwetnyu village on November 23.
Parliamentary Secretary RD and REPA, Pangnyu Phom who graced the occasion as chief guest congratulated Chenwetnyu village for becoming the first in the district to complete hundred percent rural housing under VDB, stated an official bulletin.
VDB funds are purely for the development of the village and accordingly the village councils have been empowered for effective planning at the grass root level, Pangnyu Phom said, and called upon the village council not to allow any external force to involve or politicize VDB schemes.
Stressing on the policies of the government, he said DAN government under Neiphiu Rio was committed for uplift of the backward people and that additional funds have been allotted for its development.
He lamented that the backward districts were still lacking behind because schemes were not implemented as per the guidelines of the governments’ policies and urged upon the VDBs to revive socially and economically for the uplift of the people.
MLA and Chairman MARCOFED, C.L. John in his speech lauded the RD department for successful completion of rural housing of his village and also lauded the FNR, Naga NGOs and Churches and factional groups for assisting the government in maintaining peace in the state. He further added that developments can take place only under peaceful atmosphere.
Expressing his concern for renovation of old PWD roads in the state, he urged the RD department to coordinate with the PWD for joint venture of the VDBs and the PWD for repairing the existing old PWD roads in the state.
Describing the Konyaks as intelligent, capable and having many potentialities to lead the Nagas, especially in the social, economic and cultural development, commissioner and secretary, RD V. Sakhrie, urged upon the Konyaks to recall the history, pick up the good qualities and revive it along with the development for progress in the district.
In order to achieve real development, he said, one must have positive attitude, be broadminded and extend support and cooperation burying the political and past differences. He also called upon VDBs to extend cooperation to the departmental officers and resolve all differences amicably.
Appreciating Chenwetnyu village, director, RD, Metsubo, said shelter was one of the basic needs of human beings and with the success of hundred percent rural housing, he felt that one of the basic needs of human beings had reached the rural areas.
Emphasizing on development of youth and women in the rural areas, he directed the VDB secretaries and the chairmen to give their due share to both the women and youth.
Director SIRD, Limasenla Jamir, in her speech said the main thrust of the department was to conduct training and capacity building on various schemes and guidelines of the government’s policies.
She said village councils were the backbone of the development, since the VDB funds were directly implemented by the village councils. She also emphasized on the basic features of the BRGF and said that in order to assess the schemes, a computer set and a mobile phone (toll free helpline) were allotted to each village in the district.
While pronouncing the welcome speech, deputy commissioner Mon, Dinesh Kumar said that with the completion of rural housing of Chenwetnyu village, Mon district too was marching ahead and that it was a positive sign of progress.
He appealed the VDBs to maintain transparency, accountability and conduct social audit for judicious utilization of funds.
Earlier, the chief guest inaugurated a 6km by-pass approach road constructed under MGNREGS and completion of cent percent rural housing of Chenwetnyu village.
He also launched the helpline Mobile phone and released the souvenir of the Chen RD Block, and gave away the computer sets and mobile phones to the VDB secretaries of the district.