NCD ambivalent on shifting of DC office; CCPO slams those opposing it

DIMAPUR, SEP 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/13/2021 1:46:23 PM IST

Welcoming the recent posting of ADC at new DC office Complex Chumukedima, the Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) has, however, stated that move has “created a lot of apprehension” amongst the citizens of Dimapur and Chumoukedima.

In a press statement, NCD president Etsungmomo Kikon and general secretary Thsapongkhyu Sangtam appreciated the state government for taking step to establish “higher status administrative authority at Chumoukedima”. 

NCD, however, said that such development should never in any way disturb the existing public utility office of the DC in Dimapur “as it will be against the interest and welfare” of the citizens of Dimapur. 

It said that posting ADC to Chumoukedima circle was “an indicative” that the government was serious to meet the genuine demand and needs of citizens of Chumoukedima and Dimapur. 

Similarly, with the development progress in the area, both in terms of infrastructure and population, the Naga Council said that the state government would “initiate holistically approach” in a phased manner and upgrade administrative authority to that of DC status to facilitate public in the area, which is the “ultimate demands of the people.”

In this regard, NCD stated that the citizens of Dimapur comprising various bodies/forums had submitted a number of representations to the government to keep the proposal in abeyance besides suggesting government to create separate administrative authority equivalent status to that of DC.

Affirming support for the representations submitted by the Dimapur District Citizen Forum, the NCD has appealed to the government to look into the matter seriously and pave the way for “social justice and harmonious atmosphere in the city.”

CCCPO slams vested interest 

Chümoukedima Circle Chakhroma Public Organisation (CCCPO) has slammed “some vested interests”, who it alleged were “unreasonably determined” to oppose shifting of Dimapur DC office headquarters to Chümoukedima. 

In a press release, CCCPO president Neikhriehu Kense and general secretary Khriebulie Peseyie said the opposing the shifting of DC office was “an outright illegality” amounting to obstruction of government officials to smoothly dispense their required services to the district and state. The organization asserted that such individuals/organisations should be booked as per provisions of the law. 

“It is most unfortunate that few persons should don grandiose nomenclatures, assume the mandate of the entire citizenry and threaten a democratically mandated Government with dire consequences if it, the Government, performs its duty,” CCCPO stated.

CCCPO asked “these unmandated, unregistered and hitherto-unknown organisations/ leaders” to ask themselves why or how they remained silent when Dimapur district was created in 1997 with clear mention of district HQs at Chümoukedima; or why they did not oppose acquiring of land at Chümoukedima for the purpose of constructing HQ facilities. 

The organisation questioned whether they were prepared to reimburse even a fraction of how much had been spent to the government for this purpose? 

It said that those opposing the move of the government seemed to be under the impression that shifting district HQs to Chümoukedima would benefit only a particular Naga community. However, CCCPO said that “this fallacy shall be removed” once they find out how many tribes and population of those tribes of Nagaland permanently reside at Chümoukedima town. 

CCCPO has asked the government to consider the plight of people from far-flung villagers such as Phiphema, Tsiepama, Zhuikhu, Sukhovi, Niuland sub-division etc., who find it difficult to commute to the present HQs located near Dillai gate for their urgent works at the DC Office. 

Stating that one organisation had even claimed that DC office was being shifted to Chümoukedima village, the CCCPO said that the proposed HQ was at Chümoukedima town.

CCCPO has, therefore, urged the state government to boldly implement what it has decided. It said that the government has been mandated by the people to carry out what it thinks was best for the people, and not the other way round.

It also said that NGOs to keep in mind that they were non-government organisations, and had “no business whatsoever to poke their noses into the day to day functioning of government.”

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