Tongpang visits Dibrugrah, Amguri

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/17/2019 12:41:32 PM IST

Tongpang Ozukum, minister for Housing & Mechanical shared his concern about the plight of Nagas coming to Dibrugarh for medical care and students coming for admissions, who end up incurring more expenditure on food and lodging as Nagaland House, Dibrugarh do not have the basic amenities needed by visitors or patients.

A press release from press secretary to minister PWD (H&Mech) Imliyanger Aier stated that, Tongpang said this on his on-site inspection to the neglected Naga patients house at Dibrugarh on August 17.  

Interacting with fellow Naga residents and scholars staying at Dibrugrah from the state, the minister expressed his disdain at the dilapidated condition of the state guest house, commonly addressed as Naga patient house. 

He also stated that for many years it has been neglected and it was not only the concern of the department but for the entire Nagas who will benefit. The Naga patients house, Dibrugrah is located at the busy Paltan Bazar, where most of medical care centres and educational hub are located.

Minister also remarked that, Mizoram government was also running a well furnished state guest house, positively helping their people who come seeking for admissions and medical care. In this regard, Tongpang said that one can find patients and scholars from Nagaland lodging at the nearby Mizo guest house. 

He said the modalities for the case of encroachment of the site have successfully culminated legally by the department and, at the same time, assured that he will look into the matter with top priority and a well planned patient’s house will be constructed at the earliest for the benefit of the people. 

He also expressed his appreciation to Naga Students Union Dibrugrah (NSUD) and Naga Christian Fellowship Dibrugrah (NCFD) for acting as it’s caretaker by protecting and maintaining the house since its inception in 1971.

Er. Tali Longchar, a member of NCFD said it was a red letter day for the Naga community residing in Dibrugrah since it was the first time a high official from the department has visited Nagaland guest Dibrugrah with real concern. He said it would be an advantage to maintain and run such a guest house as Dibrugrah is frequented by Naga people, especially from neighbouring districts like Mokokchung and Eastern Nagaland.

Earlier, Tongpang also inspected Nagaland PWD store at Amguri, Assam where he interacted with the caretaker and officials from the department who had accompanied him. Secretary, PWD (works & housing), chief engineer (housing), additional chief engineer (housing), executive engineer (housing) Mkg division, EE. R&B Tuli, ADC Tuli, SDPO Tuli and Angetyongpang Independent Party leaders and workers accompanied the minister during the tour.

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