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Neighborhood devp programme to be introduced in Dmu from 2012

Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu (2nd from L) along with Naga colony members. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 21 (NPN):
Published on 22 Feb. 2011 1:04 AM IST
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Minister for urban development & higher education, Dr Shurhozelie Monday said that the Neighborhood Development Programme under the urban development department would be introduced in Dimapur starting next year(2012). Aimed at ushering in developments in colonies/wards, a sum of Rs 25 lakh each would be provided under the programme, Dr Shurhozelie said while inaugurating Naga colony, United North Block in Dimapur Monday.
It may be mentioned that the programme has already been introduced in some wards of Kohima town.
Further, the minister who was chief guest, called upon the residents of the colony to live up to the nomenclature of the colony, ‘Naga’ and stay united. He also called upon the colony elders and leaders to come together and bring necessary changes within the society. “Your activity will reflect on the Naga people,” he told them.
Elucidating on the importance of villages in the rapid urbanization process, the minister pointed out that towns were more or less an aggregation of villagers. He said that the state, historically, was a land of villages where the basis of Naga culture lay. Quoting from the remarks made by former prime minister A. B. Vajpayee, Dr Shurhozelie said ‘….Nagaland is a fine synthesis of tradition and modernity.” He pointed out that the village set up in India could not be found in other countries and called for upholding the link with the village. Observing that the spirit of change was invading everywhere, the minister also urged the people not to forget their roots when they move to the towns.
He expressed concern over the huge gap between villages and towns and said that migration from rural to urban areas has brought about an adverse impact in the villages. “Our villages still remain the same, more or less, yet the towns are growing,” he said. The chief guest also pointed out that the educated youth do not want to return to the villages due to more employment avenues in the towns. Dr Shurhozelie said Dimapur was one of the fastest growing towns in northeast region but remarked that the commercial hub of Nagaland was also witnessing a series of anti-social activities in the form of extortion, kidnapping, robbery etc.
MLA K. L. Chishi, who spoke at the programme said several central government schemes like the MNREGA could not implemented in Dimapur-I area as it did not come under the RD block. Harping on this point, he urged the PWD (R&B) department, Dimapur Municipal Council and urban development to release more funds so as to usher in more development. He called upon the people to do away with tribalism and stay united.
Short speeches were also delivered by chairman Naga colony Dennis Zeliang and Raj Kumar Paira while welcome speech was delivered by Supong Ao.

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