Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Pughoboto CSOs serve ultimatum to set up SBI branch

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Pughoboto town took out a “silent procession” on Thursday demanding that the state government set up the State Bank of India (SBI) Pughoboto branch within 45 days, failing which they would launch second phase of agitation.
In a press release, Pughoboto Town Youth Organisation (PTYO) president Kivika Swu stated that in Pughoboto sub-division, one of the oldest sub-divisions in Nagaland, there were about 23 government departments with over 1,100 government employees and monthly transaction of about Rs.3.5 crore.
However, due to non-availability of nationalized bank i.e SBI at Pughoboto town, PTYO said about 25,000 account holders of Pughoboto sub-division were scattered in different branches causing inconvenience to the public.
The organisation also pointed out that as per 2011 census, the total population of Pughoboto Sub-division was 16,897 whereas at present there were about 50,000 with 24 government recognized villages. Pughoboto was declared as an administrative headquarters in 1949 with the setting up of Bench Court and was later upgraded to area superintendent in 1958, circle officer in 1960 upgraded to EAC headquarters in 1973, SDO (C) headquarters in 1981 and further upgraded to ADC headquarters in 1987.
The CSOs including Pughoboto Ad-hoc Town Committee, Sumi Totimi Hoho Pughoboto, Pughoboto Students Union and PTYO and citizens of Pughoboto have, therefore, urged the government to set up SBI branch at Pughoboto town.
At a short programme held in Town Hall Pughoboto, short speeches were delivered by leaders of various CSOs.