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Azo urges CPO to withdraw PIL

Küzholüzo Nienu (Azo) speaking at the 14th general session of Chakhesang Hoho Dimapur District (CHDD) cum inauguration of Hoho conference hall at Chakhesang colony, Dimapur, Saturday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Feb. 2011 12:10 AM IST
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Nagaland minister for health & family welfare Küzholüzo Saturday appealed to the Chakhesang public organization (CPO), which has filed PIL at Gauhati High Court challenging the state government’s reservation policy for backward tribes, to withdraw the case.
Azo made this appeal at the 14th general session of Chakhesang Hoho Dimapur District (CHDD) cum inauguration of Hoho conference hall at Chakhesang colony, Dimapur.
He expressed concern that career of many Naga youths, including that of Chakhesangs, were being held back as the government was unable to declare the results of competitive exams without the approval of the Court.
He also reminded that state cabinet has decided to enhance the existing 8% reservation for three backward tribes to 10% (Chakhesang 4%, Zeliang 4%, and Pochury 2% on the basis of population). The state cabinet’s decision on job reservation policy arrived during its meeting February 17 last.
CPO general secretary Kekhwengulo Lea, when contacted, said the organization would be making its decision, whether to withdraw the PIL or pursue the case, only after it received official notification from the cabinet.
The final hearing on the PIL at Gauhati High Court has been fixed for March 3 next.
Meanwhile, Azo said unity of the Chakhesang people was being threatened from within and opined that they needed to introspect on the main setbacks of varying mindsets if they were to become a “model community.”
“The Chakhesangs are currently sailing through rough times with difference of mindsets, and their survival will depend on their unity,” Azo said urging upon the community to merge, upholding their inborn qualities - bravery, straightforwardness and honesty to co-exist with others.
Stating that Chakhesangs were currently being “sandwiched between the forward/advanced and the backward communities,” the minister called upon them to first ponder on whether they were united among themselves and then endeavor to rebuild the society laying special emphasis on building the trust of Nagas.
Recalling the mass Tsükhenye celebration at Dimapur in 2010, which brought together over 9000 Chakhesangs residing in the district, Azo said it was the onset of building a sense of oneness in the community and lauded the CHDD and public leaders in Dimapur on their efforts in organizing the programme. He encouraged the Hoho to continue pioneering for unity among the Chakhesang people of Dimapur.
Earlier, the chief guest inaugurated the newly erected CHDD conference hall. CHDD, with 23 units also elected a new team of office bearers for the tenure 2011-14 to be headed by Vekosayi Nyekha as president, N. Medo as vice president and Kesalie Thopi as general secretary.

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