Parliamentary secretary for RD and REPA, Pangnyu Phom called upon the newly appointed Ombudsmen of the 11 districts of Nagaland to work together in close coordination with the department of rural development with sincerity and dedication in helping rural populace at the grassroots level by solving their varied grievances.
Addressing a meeting of Ombudsmen, project director of Nagaland and RD officials at Hotel Japfu Kohima, Pangnyu pointed out that a number of problems are arising with regard to the implementation of national flagship programme of NREGA in the country where Nagaland was no exception.
Pangnyu Phom informed that the Government of India has decided to appoint Ombudsmen to help the department and to work with the project directors, block development officers and villagers as per the guidelines.
He further informed that representatives from the Government of India were invited whereby the Ombudsmen of the 11 districts were appointed under their direction initially for 1 to 2 years.
Commissioner and secretary RD, V. Sakhrie who chaired the meeting, remarked that appointment of Ombudsmen in Nagaland has been to the satisfaction of the representatives from the Government of India as it was one of the best selections done, comprising of eminent personalities from various backgrounds including Advocates, NGOs and retired government officials.
Director RD, Metsubo Jamir welcomed the newly appointed Ombudsmen drawn from varied background and was optimistic that the various complaints with regard to VDBs, VCs and Department would be resolved once the Ombudsmen mechanism was set in place.
“There is nothing like having an independent organisation between the public and the department and the appointment of Ombudsmen would go a long way in resolving the various problems and issues”, Metsubo observed.
He also said that there was no issue with regard to implementation, as funds were credited directly in the VDB account. Jamir also suggested to the Ombudsmen to be actively involved with the RTI issues and also requested them to work closely together for the benefit of the rural people.