A coordination meeting for village functionaries under Peren district, organized by district administration was held Wednesday at Peren Town Hall.
DC Peren, Khrienuo, C. Metha exhorting the GBs, village chairmen and secretaries to move ahead for progress and development, urged them to utilize village funds judiciously and cautioned the district administration would be monitoring fund utilization.
She said strict action would be taken on those corrupt functionaries. The first of its kind coordination meeting was held to brief newly formed VC members, GBs and other village functionaries on their responsibilities.
DC Khrienuo appealed the gathering not to neglect women but to give them their due share to qualify for release of funds.
She also disclosed that the under the provisions of the 13th finance award, the village functionaries and district administration would be working hand-in-hand to identify and to implement different projects.
With regard to ban imposed on hunting which was enforced for a period of one year since September last, DC said ban would be renewed and asked all village councils and GBs to extend their support and cooperation in this regard to make the ban effective for preservation and conservation of wild life in the district.
Speaking on the occasion, SP Peren, Iherie Ndang acknowledging the absence of police case from villages, which was a good sign of effective implementation of customary law by the village authorities, also urged village authorities to judiciously execute their authority as per prescribed acts and rules only and not otherwise.
Maintaining that the DC, subordinate officers, the GBs and village Councils together comprised of the district administration, he called on the GBs and village councils to function as responsible local-self government as it would reflect on the overall good governance and effectiveness of administration in the district.
The SP also expressed his concern on the existence of thatch huts in villages despite regular supply of CGI roofing sheets to the villages through VDBs for the past several years and questioned the village leaders on the matter.
He also exhorted the village heads on the need to educate the villagers on the urgent need to stop deforestation and wanton felling of trees within their respective jurisdiction to preserve the forest, to prevent adverse climatic change and also to protect water reserves.
Resource persons Sentiwapang Aier, SDO(C) Peren Hq spoke on ‘Village Council Act’, Jamithung Lotha, SDO (C) Jalukie on ‘Powers & Functions of the GBs’, Nchumbemo Odyo, SDO (C) Tening on ‘VDB Model Rule’, Temsuwati Aier, EAC Ahthibung on ‘Communitization’, while Sungtila Jamir, EAC Ngwalwa spoke on ‘Role of Women’.