Patton, Pangnyu speak against ‘backward’ outlook

Patton, Pangnyu speak against ‘backward’ outlook
Y Patton (NP) and S. Pangnyu Phom (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/23/2019 10:55:19 AM IST

State deputy chief minister, Y Patton, said that though there was a general perception of Eastern Nagaland being “backward” he refused to believe in the “backwardness of any people or tribe” as God created everyone equally.

He was speaking as jubilee guest at the 25 years jubilee celebration of Eastern Nagaland People’s Union Dimapur (ENPUD) at Dimapur District Sports Complex (DDSC) Stadium here Saturday.

Though refusing to label any people or tribe as “backward”, Patton admitted that there were some pockets across Nagaland, including Eastern Nagaland areas, where “special attention” was needed.

Patton, who is also in-charge of Home and Rural Development, said that with concentrated efforts from all sections of the society the areas in Eastern Nagaland requiring “special attention” could be made on a par with the rest of the state.

The deputy chief minister said that non-attendance of government employees at their places of posting in Eastern Nagaland and other interior parts of the state has immensely contributed to the underdevelopment of those areas. Patton said unruly government employees remained in Dimapur and Kohima and neglected their duties, towards the service of public, in their respective places of posting.

Cautioning such erring government employees of stern action, the deputy chief minister said transfer or posting in such areas should not be taken as “punishment” instead it should be taken as an opportunity to render better service with more enthusiasm.

To further develop Eastern Nagaland, the deputy chief minister suggested the 20 legislators from ENPO area to adopt a village each and ensure that developmental activities/programme under various departments were carried out efficiently.

“There are 25 blocks and 332 villages in Eastern Nagaland, if the 20 legislators adopt a village each then we can expect at least 20 model villages emerging out of Eastern Nagaland in every two years,” said Patton. Concurring with minister of Health and Family Welfare, S. Pangnyu Phom, who earlier asked youths not to depend on “backdoor/political” appointments, Patton also urged youths to appear competitive examinations. 

The deputy chief minister also underscored that Naga society needed unity irrespective of the geographical and linguistic differences. 

He said it was imperative that Nagas come together and speak in one united voice as a family. Towards this, Patton called upon Nagas of Eastern Nagaland to lead the rest of the Nagas to unity and common brotherhood.

Patton also congratulated ENPUD on attaining 25 years and lauded the union and its sub ordinate units for remaining committed to promoting unity and brotherhood while inculcating good citizenship with fellow Nagas and other communities living in Dimapur.

Earlier, minister of H&FW, S Pangnyu Phom, urged people from Eastern Nagaland to do away with the “backward mindset” and imbibe the spirit of competitiveness.

Pangnyu, who is also the chairman of Eastern Nagaland Legislatures’ Union (ENLU), was speaking on behalf of the 20 ENLU members who were the guests of honour at the jubilee celebration.

Pangnyu encouraged the youths not to depend on any kind of reservations/quotas or backdoor/political appointments but to work and study hard to acquire jobs through competitive examinations.

Supposedly even if a person obtains a job through backdoor/political appointments, the minister said he/she would never taste the “sweetness” of their hard labour instead would remain obligated and in “uncertainty”.

Pangnyu also called upon the six tribes inhabiting the four districts of the state to be torchbearers in unifying the Nagas as per ENPUD jubilee theme, “Unity in Diversity”.

At the jubilee celebration, greetings were delivered by Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organisation (ENPO) president, Kekongchim Yimchunger and Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) president, Pangerloba; a short speech was delivered by former president of ENPUD, A Neangba Konyak.

The celebration began with a prelude by Sangmaichila, scripture reading and invocation by Rev. Dr. Pongshing Konyak, obituary by Rev C Lima Sangtam, jubilee sounds by Konyak and Phom cultural troupes, welcome address by ENPUD president, M C Ongbou Chang, special songs were presented by ENSU Dimapur Government College, Tali Angh and Wannyen Bezo, vote of thanks by convenor, planning committee, L Chuba Yimchunger and a word of God and benediction by Rev. Dr. Anjo Keihung.

The jubilee celebration was attended by hundreds of ENPUD members comprising of the six tribes – Konyak, Chang, Phom, Yimchunger, Khiamniungan and Sangtam. 20 legislators representing the ENPO areas were the jubilee guests of honour. Legislators –Pangnyu, C M Chang, V Kashiho Sangtam, Kejong Chang, C L John, Toyang Chang, Eshak Konyak, BS Nganlang Phom. Toshi Wungtung, H Haiying, N Thongwang Konyak and Y M Yollow Konyak attended the celebration. 

The deputy chief minister was accompanied by advisors – Pukhayi Sumi and Kazheto Kinimi. The celebration culminated with cultural presentation. 

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