Patton graces 72nd I-Day at Dimapur

Patton graces 72nd I-Day at Dimapur
Deputy chief minister Y Patton takes salute on the occasion of I-Day at DDSC Stadium Wednesday (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/15/2018 12:00:32 PM IST

Joining the rest of India, Dimapur celebrated 72nd Independence Day with much fervour at DDSC Stadium here Wednesday with deputy chief minister, Y Patton, unfurling the Tricolour. 

After unfurling the national flag and taking rashtriya salute, the deputy chief minister inspected the guard of honour. This was followed by march past by contingents of police, IR mahila, NCC cadets, school children and Assam Rifles pipe band.

Delivering the Independence Day speech, the deputy chief minister, who is also in-charge of home and national highways departments, highlighted key achievements made in several sectors by the state government. 

Patton announced that the state government has decided to set up women police stations in all the districts to ensure Nagaland continued to be amongst the safest states for women in the country.

Patton, who graced the 72nd Independence Day celebrations at DDSC Stadium here, reminded that TA/ DA allowances for police personnel were enhanced with the implementation of 7th ROP, that ensures higher emoluments when they are deployed on duty within and outside the state, he said.

Patton stated that government has also enhanced the ex gratia payment to the next kin of personnel of Assam Rifles, armed forces, CRPF and Nagaland police in incidents involving fatalities, non-fatal disabilities or injuries. 

To strengthen police infrastructure, the deputy chief minister said residential and non-residential buildings have been completed at the 12th, 13th and 14thh NAP (IR) battalion headquarters. He said the infrastructure needs of fire services, civil defence, home guards and village guards have been augmented to meet the increasing requirement of security, traffic management and disaster management. 

Patton pointed out that CAWD was also constructing several new office buildings, GA rest houses and inspection bungalows for district administration. All village guard posts in the state have been provided mobile phones to enhance their effectiveness and to enable them to be more accessible for command and control, he said.

On law and order situation, he said the state has been by and large peaceful barring sporadic attacks by certain suspected insurgent groups on security forces, which have resulted in unfortunate loss of few precious lives. “With the active intervention by the administration and the police, the incidents were brought under control without further escalation,” Patton said.

On National highways, Patton said that four lane road between Dimapur and Kohima was an outgoing work being taken up by the NHIDCL. He said regular monitoring of the work was being done, though with rains and landslides, maintaining existing highway was becoming a challenge. 

He expressed hope that the highway would be completed soon and would help mitigate the hardships being faced by the people. “We have also been following up with the government of India for taking up other important highways in the state,” Patton said.

Road projects under SARDP ––Wokha-Merapani, Zunheboto-Chakabama, Pfutsero Phek; Merangkong- Tamlu-Mon and Changtongya-Longleng ––are being taken up, he said, adding that survey for Kohima bye-pass has been completed and work should begin soon. 

Similarly, he said work on Nagaland portion of Dimapur bye-pass has already been sanctioned and work was on-going. Patton also stated that survey for Simalguri-Mon has been initiated and also pursing the Nagaland foothill road -- the trans-Nagaland highway, which would connect Tizit (Mon district) with Khelma (Peren district). 

Other works including follow up measures have also been taken up for early completion. 

Two-laning of NH-02 from Botsa to Wokha has started and is in good progress, he said.

Improvement works in Kohima city from Kohima Municipal gate to Phesama police check gate has also started. Improvement works in Dimapur city from New field check gate to Patkai bridge via Purana bazaar and Chumukedima will also start very soon. 2- laning of NH-02 from Yisemyong to Unger has been awarded and is likely to start very soon. Construction of new bridges at Doyang and Tsusangra on NH-02 is ongoing and will be completed during 2018-19, deputy chief minister highlighted.

Earlier, the deputy chief minister handed over keys of Gypsys for highway patrolling in Kohima and Dimapur and interior police stations in other districts. 

Other highlights of the programme included inauguration of exhibition cum sale stalls by the deputy chief minister. 

Various departments and SHGs set up stalls and CRPF also displayed weapons and arms at the celebration programme.

The celebration witnessed cultural shows by TIME, Dimapur, Khiamniungan cultural club, Dimapur, Phom Bhumnyu cultural club, Dimapur and indigenous cultural society school of Music & Art, Dimapur. After the celebration, there was a football exhibition match between deputy commissioner XI Vs district education officer XI, followed by prize distribution.


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