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Backward label a matter of shame: Sazo
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 12(NPN):
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Published on 13 Mar. 2011 12:36 AM IST
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State parliamentary secretary, social welfare & women development Chotisüh Sazo Saturday said the label “backward tribe” at one point of time had helped Chakhesangs (and some still needed to be aided through the status ) but today it was a matter of “great shame”.
Addressing the inaugural function of the 17th general session of Chakhesang Gazetted Officers’ Forum (CGOF) at Zonal Council Hall, the parliamentary secretary said ironically some people parade themselves as being backward and take pride in it.
“However, today this label should be a matter of great shame instead and thus it should not take us long before we move out of this ‘Backward’ category,” said Sazo.
He was making suggestion on how the forum could bring Chakhesang community to a level where the tribe would not be labeled as a “backward tribe” anymore.
Sazo said provision that came along with label has apparently made the youth struggle less, whilst leading them to succeed under grace and not out of excellence.
Asserting that members of the forum were the “cream of the society,” Sazo impressed upon the gathering that the forum, as organization and as individual, should lead the people in educational and economic progress. The parliamentary secretary asked the gathering officers to take the responsibility in locating employment opportunities and guide the youth to get employment both in public and private sector.
“Some day when you retire, you will look back and smile knowing that you have done some concrete, worthwhile service to your people,” he said, adding it would be a reward no one else could offer them. Sazo recalled that Chakhesangs were backward educationally because the tribe had late access to modern education and perhaps could also be attributed to non-acceptance of western way of life earlier and the Indo-Naga conflict in which Chakhesang were deeply involved.
“Perhaps, the character of our patriotism is one reason why many graduate entered into political fray instead of opting for government employment during the 1980s and early 1990s. This led us to backwardness and less representation in the government services.” Sazo said.
He also pointed out Chakhesang government servants constituted about 20% of the total population among which, the members of the forum were the cream. He stressed the need for a change in attitude among the Chakhesangs, by way of encouraging them, guiding them and support them financially, technical know-how and modern technologies.
“If Chakhesang are to race with the rest of the world, it must move to specialized education for which studies and training in various professional skills must be encouraged and supported beyond certain level of general education,” he pointed out.
On the policy of women empowerment, parliamentary secretary, social welfare & women development said Nagaland has adopted a policy for women empowerment to ensure women in their rightful place in society as equal partner with men and to bring about advancement, development and empowerment of women in the state.
“As such more emphases has to be laid on women for their liftment and also to facilitate active involvement of women in decision making and development activities,” he added.
In his presidential address, Er. Dikhrolo Mero urged upon the members to be more dedicated to any assignment or duties.
Speeches were also delivered by Petelhouviü Vese and former Finance minister K. Therie .
Earlier, the function was chaired by Mezivolu T Therieh, general secretary, invocation prayer by Rev. Khrutsoyi Luruo, state chaplain.
The afternoon session was graced by Additional DGP Meghalaya, Besusayo Kezo as guest of honour.

 
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