Monday, August 8, 2022

Neiphiu Rio inaugurates Chümoukedima district

Staff Reporter

Chümou district declared as ‘Land of Opportunities’

Chümoukedima district, which was notified by the State government on December 20, 2021 was formally inaugurated by Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio Wednesday.
At the inaugural programme, held at the sprawling office campus of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Chümoukedima, intermittent rain played spoilsport but did not dampen the enthusiasm.
He recalled opposition by some members of the public against shifting of the office of DC Dimapur to Chümoukedima. In order to resolve differences peacefully, Rio said the government tasked all the five legislators from Dimapur district led by the deputy CM to have consultation with the leaders and to advise the government on the matter.
He said the five legislators suggested creation of two new separate districts and thorough discussion and deliberation the government decided to create Niuland and Chümoukedima as separate districts for the sake of administrative convenience- Niuland as the ‘Land of Diversity’ and Chümoukedima as the ‘Land of Opportunities’.
Rio highlighted the history of the new district, which was earlier the gateway to Naga hills and presently continuing to provide numerous opportunities to the people. He said Dimapur still remained the major town and also a “Mini India” as not only Naga tribes, but people of all nationalities resided there.
He pointed out that Chümoukedima was fortunate to have well-established Central institutions, three universities (Global University, St Joseph University and ICFAI University), good number of colleges, health facilities, very good connectivity and also possessing good area for economic activities.
In the light of various tribal communities living in the new district, he said “Chümoukedima district will become intellectual hub and a highly economically viable district” which he said, made Chümoukedima a “Mini Nagaland”.
Rio remarked that the creation of Chümoukedima as a fully-fledged district comprised of areas which could make it a commercial hub and an engine of economic growth, ushering in an inclusive growth of the area. He appealed to neighbouring villagers of Chümoukedima to extend cooperation by giving or selling lands to the government, as and when required for development and also cooperate with the district administration.
He also informed that a commissioner of police will be heading the police of the three districts– Dimapur, Niuland and Chümoukedima.
He expressed the hope that there would be unity among various communities to contribute to overall progress of the State.
Referring to the formation of other new districts Tseminyu and Shamator, the chief minister said even though were tribal issues in Shamator, yet the intervention of government officials, civil society organisations brought understanding between Yimkhiung and Tikhir tribes. After the creation of Shamator district, he said Yimkhiungs and Tikhirs had signed an MoU to stay together.
He expressed happiness on the creation of Shamator district, which be declared as “brotherhood district”.
Rio said his government has been steadfast with its efforts and commitment in bringing all-round development to every area of the state.
On the confusion over elections to rural local bodies (RLBs) and urban local bodies (ULBs), Rio said villages in Nagaland were governed by village councils by tradition. He said Nagaland and Jammu & Kashmir were exempted from the purview of the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act. Here, he explained that Nagaland did not conduct elections to village councils and village development boards, since “Ours is not election, but selection”. He said if elections were held to elect village council members, corruption would set in along with dividing the villagers.
He however maintained that village tradition could not be imposed in urban areas. He said Nagaland was not exempted from municipal and Panchayati Raj and therefore, elections must to be conducted to elect municipal and town council members in order to run the administration.
“People under the municipal and town councils will have to understand and follow this rule,” he appealed.
Referring to the amendment of SARFAESI Act in the State, he said Naga entrepreneurs could now avail loans by mortgaging their lands. He however cautioned that if one was unable to return the amount, the bank would seize the land and auction it only to indigenous people of the state.
He also informed that union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman is to visit the state from July 4 to 6 to attend the CSR conclave and also meet the bankers. He said Nagaland has already collected Rs 50 crore for CSR projects and that more than Rs 100 crore loan from the banks would be handed out to entrepreneurs.
He declared that the State would open up for business avenues.
Meanwhile, in his speech, sericulture, excise and minority affairs adviser Zhaleo Rio described Chümoukedima as a conglomeration of all Naga tribes and urged upon people of the district to make it a model district in the state.
Admitting that there were several hiccups in creation of the district, Zhaleo urged upon all to forget past bitterness and move ahead to make Chümoukedima a better place to live and progress together.
Also speaking on the occasion, PHE minister Jacob Zhimomi said it was the aspiration of people to see Niuland and Chümoukedima receiving recognition as separate districts for many reasons.
He said that under the leadership and vision of chief minister Rio, welfare youth, women and senior citizen had been prioritised in the State.
Also addressing the gathering, Azheto Zhimomi, MLA narrated how Niuland and Chümoukedima were created. He said due to the coming together of Chakroma Public Organisation (CPO) and Western Sumi Hoho (WSH), the inauguration of Chümoukedima district could take place peacefully.
He asserted that creation of Chümoukedima district was a win-win situation for all as it was inhabited by people from various tribes, races, religions, etc, with diverse culture and customs. He urged all to stay united.
Earlier, a monolith was unveiled by the chief minister and invocation offered byLBCC pastor Thungchio Lotha and benediction pronounced by CBCC pastor A Zakaria.
The welcome address was delivered by DC Chümoukedima Abhinav Shivam, while short speeches were delivered by commissioner Nagaland, Rovilatuo Mor and representatives of Chakhroma Public Organisation, Western Sumi Hoho and Chümoukedima Village Council. The vote of thanks was delivered by NTUCT assistant general secretary Aolemba Longkumer.
Highlights of the programme included a special number by the Voice of Nagaland and cultural presentation by Ao, Chakhesang, Angami, Gorkha, Kuki and Dimasa cultural troupes.
Notably, heavy downpour disrupted the proceedings of the programme, which had to be halted several times drenching most of the guests, despite pandals being set up. Many were also seen covering themselves by holding the chair.


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