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Garo organizations call on Agatha Sangma

Union minister of state for rural development Agatha K Sangma with members of Nagaland Garo Tribal Council, Dimapur and Garo Students’ Union at Niathu resort on Sunday.
Published on 21 Dec. 2010 12:17 AM IST
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Nagaland Garo Tribal Council, Dimapur (NGTC) and Garo Students’ Union, (GSU) Nagaland zone (GSU) met union minister of state for rural development Agatha K Sangma, on December 19, at Niathu resort, in Dimapur.
During the meeting, the two organizations led by Tarun Chandra Momin, president, NGTC and Biplab K Sangma, president, GSU, Nagaland zone jointly submitted a memorandum to union minister of states.
The memorandum highlighted that Garo tribe in Nagaland was lacking behind in the field of education, economic and in the field of tradition and culture. “Only during the past few years after constituting a few civil bodies like NGTC, GSU, Nagaland zone and Garo Mothers’ Association we are trying to cope with these problems of ours. But due to lack of sufficient funds with us, we haven’t been able to make any headway towards mitigating these problems,” NGTC and GSU stated in a memorandum.
Both the bodies appealed to the union minister for granting facilities like Garo students’ community hall with bare amenities to facilitate the students in pursuing their endeavours and Nagaland Garo council to bring the tribe under an umbrella, an income generation project for the downtrodden Garo women, a project which to take care of Garo traditional handloom sector and a fishery development project exclusively for NGTC to augment its fund resources so that it could take up various developmental schemes on its own for the society.
The memo also highlighted that there at present there are only five recognized Garo villages in Dimapur and in every village there is one primary school and not a single Garo teacher in all primary schools. Both NGTC and GSU therefore requested Sangma to pursue the matter to the minister and chief minister of Nagaland.
Agatha visits SASRD Medziphema
Agatha Sangma also paid a visit to SASRD Medziphema and had an informal interaction with the college staff and also took a trip around the campus. Later, she also visited the site acquired by the agriculture department at Punglwa on Sunday.
The union minister was accompanied by minister for agriculture Dr. Chumben Murry, minister for planning T.R. Zeliang, parliamentary secretary for homeguard and jail W. Kithan, parliamentary secretary for rural development Pangyu Phom and Nagaland state Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) officials among others.

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