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Patil arrives Kohima; meets NGOs

President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil received by Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar and Chief Minister Nagaland Neiphiu Rio on her arrival to Kohima, Wednesday. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 9 (NPN):
Published on 10 Mar. 2011 12:58 AM IST
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President of India, Pratiba Patil arrived Kohima Wednesday afternoon by helicopter amidst gutsy winds and tight security.
She is the fourth president to visit Nagaland. The was India’s second President Dr S.Radhakrishnan, who made the trip to Kohima to formally declare Nagaland as the 16th state under the Indian union in 1963.The second was President of India was Dr N. Sanjeeva Reddy and Dr A.B.J. Abdul Kalam.
The President and her entourage arrived in three special Choppers.
Upon landing at the 16 Assam Rifles helipad at around 2 p.m., the President of India was received by Nagaland governor Nikhil Kumar and chief minister Neiphiu Rio along with hosts of other ministers, parliamentary secretaries, top government officials, top brass of the military and paramilitary forces. The President was accorded the “Ceremonial Guard of Honour” by the 15th IRB (Mahila Battalion), at the Helipad.
Later, at Raj Bhavan, she had interaction with civil societies and NGOs and a attended cultural programme in the evening which was also attended by governor Nikhil Kumar and chief minister Neiphiu Rio and his cabinet colleagues and Tokheho, leader of opposition. During the cultural programme, the Hallehyuh Chorus, traditional and modern Naga Fashion Exposition, Hope Centre Musical and Divine Connection performed.
On Thursday the president will address a public reception at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama before her departure to Manipur.
Meanwhile, upon landing at Dimapur from her special aircraft Wednesday afternoon, the president was received by minister of agriculture Dr. Chumben Murry, Maj, Gen. N. George VSM, Chief of staff 3 corps Ranga-pahar, DC Dimapur Maong Aier and DIG (Range) PF Zeliang.
Interacting with the minister and DC, Patil said that her maiden visit to Nagaland was way back in 1975 (35 years ago) as a minister and that she found the people of the state very friendly and hospitable. According to DIPR, the DC who is also the District Principal Census Officer briefed the president that the Census enumeration for the district was almost complete.
NGOs submit memos
to president Patil
Several NGO’s and civil societies from Nagaland Wednesday submitted various memoranda to the President of India Pratibha Patil at Raj Bhavan, Kohima.
The memoranda were submitted by the Naga Hoho, Naga Mother’s Association, Angami Public Organization, Tenyimi Women Organization, Nagaland Parents’ Association for Disabled Persons, Catholic Association of Nagaland, Muslim Council Dimapur, Post Graduate Students’ Union (PGSU) and Rastryiya Bhasha Hindi Training Center Dimapur. APO Adviser Mhasiezokho Zinyü informed that the APO had, in the memorandum, urged upon the president to protect the Intangki National Park and sought Presidential packages on her maiden for setting up a Post Graduate Institute for Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in Kohima.
Women organizations in their memorandum, had appealed to the president for early resolution of the “Indo–Naga” political issue; implementation of 33 % women reservation in the Nagaland municipalities and resolving the imbroglio in the Nagaland University.
Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio also called on the president. Patil later attended a cultural programme followed by dinner hosted in her honour by the Governor. The dinner was also attended by chief minister Neiphiu Rio his cabinet colleagues and Tokheho, leader of opposition. During the cultural programme, the Hallehluyah Chorus, traditional and modern Naga Fashion Exposition, Hope Centre Musical and Divine Connection performed.
On Thursday the president will address a public reception at the Naga Heritage Village Kisama before her departure to Manipur.
PGSU: In a memorandum to the President, the Post Graduate Students Union(PGSU) requested the President, who is also Visitor of the Nagaland University to appoint a Pro-Vice Chancellor to reduce delays in decision making and for better administrative functioning of the university. PGSU pointed out that the Vice Chancellor was frequently out of station due to which, there was no timely intervention to the grievances and problems faced by students.
Further the PGSU also reminded that the Nagaland University Act 1989 No. 35 of 1989 No.14 and the Statutes of the University No. 4 stipulated the appointment of the Pro-Vice Chancellor for the separate Campus.
It also demanded immediate implementation of the projected and approved Master Plan as per the sanctioned University grant received from the Center. The PGSU also alleged there was no trace of the fund promised by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his visit to Nagaland in the year 2004 for Nagaland gave Kohima Campus as part of the package for the Development of the Campus.
On the recent advertisement published in the local dailies by the VC for construction of pre-fabricated hotels in Kohima Campus, PGSU claimed that on consulting the engineers, it was learnt that the proposed construction plan was in “total deviation” of the approved Master Plan.
Further, PGSU maintained that the buildings in the University premises were intended to be used by generations to come and that though the cost pre-fabricated technology might be cheaper; yet concrete buildings would prove better in the long run.
They also pointed out that pre-fabricated structures were not fire proof and demanded that the construction plan for the NU Meriema Campus be laid as planned and approved in the Master Plan and not as proposed by the VC as mentioned in the tender published in newspapers. The PGSUs said it was strongly against such proposal of the VC.
On SASRD, it was pointed out that the buildings used on temporary basis with limited space even though the college has attained 32 years of establishment. The students said most of the departments were ready with course structure to start the PhD courses system but that due to lack of proper space and infrastructure, the campus was functioning under improper condition.
Further, the PGSUs pointed out the shortage of teaching faculty in the two Campuses and demanded that proper arrangement be made by appointing qualified candidates. They said the six departments at Meriema Campus have vacant teacher posts and that the Tenyidie department has only one regular teacher and one contract teacher. The 12 departments of SASRD have also been facing similar problems, they said. The memorandum was jointly signed by PGSU president Keluhol Tase and SASRD president Atou Kharütso.
NUTA: A seven-member NUTA delegation comprising of the presidents and executives of NUTA Kohima, NUTA Medziphema and NUTA Lumami headquarter led by president and secretary general CEC NUTA called on president Pratibha Patil, the Visitor of NU at the Raj Bhavan, Kohima on Wednesday and submitted a memorandum.
According to a statement issued by NUTA, it had sought for appointment of an Acting Registrar, Controller of Examination and Director College Development Council. NUTA also drew the attention of the Visitor to pending Visitorial decisions on interview results for teaching posts, continuous violations of the University Act, rampant corruption and unwarranted harassment of teachers. Besides, several demands were also put forward for the Visitor’s immediate intervention and action for justice and to restore the integrity of Nagaland University. NUTA said the Visitor assured its delegation that she would look into the issues placed before her.
Naga Hoho: The Naga Hoho in its memorandum urged the president to see that the present peace process was expedited with all sincerity. Besides, the appeal for unconditional release of Naga political prisoners/detainee arrested during the cease-fire period, the Naga Hoho also urged the president for repealing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 (AFSPA). Further, it appealed for maintaining equilibrium towards Infrastructural development at par with mainland India.

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