AYO holds discourse on social issues

Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/18/2019 12:09:47 PM IST

With the aim of sensitizing people on crucial social issues, Angami Youth Organization (AYO) held a discourse on “Unemployment and Self Employment” with Architect and Chairman Zynorique Richard Belho as resource person while for the topic “”Demographic Threats” had social worker Savi Liegise as resource person.

 Giving the keynote address AYO president Neinguvotuo Krose, said that the programme was initiated by AYO to sensitize people on pertinent social issues, since the organization’s objective was to protect land. 

 The AYO president Krose also urged upon public and leaders to collectively tackle the issue of illegal immigrants. He also sought the cooperation and support of various organizations, village leaders and public.

 Architect Richard Belho, speaking on the topic “Unemployment and Self Employment”, identified habitual laziness as one of the problems in Naga society, which he said, resulted in “voluntarily being unemployed.” Belho lamented on the Indian education system which he described as “colonial education”. He said the system lacked impartation of employable skills. He opined that education system should be redesigned so it would fit into with the needs of present society. 

Citing examples, he said many Nagas did not practise dignity of labour while highly educated persons felt ashamed to do manual work. 

Belho encouraged students to translate their education and knowledge into useful activity in practical life. He advised the student community to realize the essence of value of time and money in order to achieve gaols in life. Belho stressed on the need among people to change mindset about self-employment. He said people should inculcate discipline in order to achieve success and not to run after easy money. 

Belho also lamented about the state government’s “ineffective mechanism” in checking illegal immigrants in the state. 

Speaking on “Demographic Threats”, Savi Liegise made a power point presentation, to highlight pointed out the threat posed by illegal immigration over the years. He said the issue was yet to be accepted as a grave threat and its implications on the national security. Savi said that immigrants living in India include about 20 million Bangladeshis, 2.2 million Nepalese, 1,00,000 Tibetans and 70,000 Sri Lankan Tamils.

Savi also spoke about, social threats, political threats and criminal threats among others, posed by the impact of illegal immigrants on Naga society. He said people should respond to the issue of illegal immigrants by asking the state government to strictly enforce available laws to stop influx of illegal immigrants, extend the support and cooperation to genuine civil organizations battling the “IBI menace”. 

He also suggested Naga people not to give space/room housing to IBIs for residential, commercial or religious purpose, stop womenfolk from marrying IBIs, prevent “love jihad”, stop business partnerships with IBIs, stop inducting IBIs into Naga national service and stop patronizing IBIs in return for money.

Liegise also highlighted the flaws of Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, Assam Accord 1985, illegal migrants (determination tribunal) Act 1983 besides “greater Bangladesh conspiracy theory” and others.

The programme was chaired by AYO vice president Khisanol Viswentso, invocation prayer by APO assistant general secretary Ruokuoheii Miachieo, AYO theme song presented by Keneisedenuo and sisters while vote of thanks was proposed by AYO secretary environment Mhiesirieto Punyii. Among those who attended the programme include representatives of all Angami frontal organizations like APO, AMK, ASA, AGOK, ASU, public leaders and others. The programme concluded with the pledge by the participants to fight against “demographic threat” that included four points.

The programme, was hosted by Angamimiapfü Mechü Krotho (AMK), at AMK building Kohima on Saturday.


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