Thursday, August 18, 2022

Nagas are educated but not a refined society: CM



State chief minister Neiphiu Rio said though Nagas claim that theirs is an educated society, yet it was not a refined society as there was still a long way to catch up with others. Rio said this while addressing a programme at the first-ever state “Cleanest Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Wards Award-2022” as special guest at state capital convention centre here on Tuesday.

The chief minister, therefore urged upon all sections of society for a joint effort to make Nagaland a better place to live in.
On the occasion, he congratulated the winning urban bodies under different categories and also acknowledged the efforts of the urban development department and the ULBs for coming up with different ideas and innovations to keep the cities clean.
Rio said competition was a challenge for everyone and that such competitions would carry a positive message. He also stressed on the need for awareness and cleanliness to make Nagaland a garbage-free state, which should not be just a one-time exercise, but should be a continuous process so as to achieve a clean and healthy society. He also believed that such a participatory movement should become a way of life.
The chief minister pointed out the trend of mad rush of urbanization, wherein people migrate to the urban areas for various opportunities. He said there was a need to address the demands as when urbanization takes place, the economy also grows. In order to promote awareness on civic cleanliness, the chief minister said he would take up the matter with school education for imparting cleanliness education and civic duties to the students.
Rio said such cleanliness competitions could be taken up at the village level and for which he would take up with the rural development department.
Further, the chief minister also underlined the need for creating a congenial social environment in the state so that investors will be attracted to come and invest.
In his keynote address, advisor urban development and municipal affairs, Dr. Neikiesalie Kire, said the state was faced with a major environmental issue associated with waste generation, inadequate collection, segregation, disposal and treatment of waste.
Kire said presently the urban areas of Nagaland generate about 4985.94 tonnes of solid waste per day. He said that the common practice of disposal of waste in Nagaland was by collecting of waste and dumping at the dumping site without any treatment or segregation posing a major environmental concern especially single-use plastic items.
He said the effort to keep the towns and cities clean becomes a huge task. He said the ULBs, which have been entrusted the mammoth task, continue to provide adequate sanitation services to the citizens despite obstacles.
Kire said it was important that the waste was managed effectively so that it did not pose a threat to the environment in the future.
For effective management of waste, Kire said it was important that all citizens, various stakeholders and government work collectively. He said that ‘Swachhata’ can be achieved only if works were done together.
In is introductory note, principal secretary Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, I Himato Zhimomi said that the objective of such awards was to encourage community participation and healthy competition amongst ULBs. He said this way, ULBs would also advocate the principle of “my waste, my responsibility”.
On the occasion, Tuensang town council administrator Thungchanbemo Tungoe, Aboi town council administrator Chumlamo Humtsoe and Pfutsero town council administrator Japhet Woch shared how they initiated segregation of waste and keeping their towns clean by involving the community.
Additional secretary urban development, Elizabeth Ngully, presented “way forward”.
LiFE-NGO presented a visual presentation on how the selection of the cleanest ULBs and Wards were done across the state.

Award winners: Dimapur Municipal Council and Chümoukedima Town Council (CTC) emerged as winner under three categories of awards amongst the ULBs respectively. CTC and DMC received a cash of Rs. 1.5 lakhs and Rs. 1 lakh and citation respectively.
Under Category 2 that included 15 ULBs, Pfutsero Town Council, Phek Town Council and Tuli Town Council secured the first, second and third place respectively. The winners received a cash of Rs. 1 lakh, Rs. 75000 and Rs. 50,000 and citation respectively.
In the third category, which involved 20 ULBs, Aboi Town Council, Chiephobozou Town Council and Mangkolemba Town Council secured first, second and third positions and were awarded a cash of Rs. 1 lakh, Rs. 75000 and Rs. 50,000 and citation respectively.
A special category award for best performer in terms of effort was awarded to Tuensang Town Council and Aghunato Town Council.


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