Robbing the future

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/17/2021 12:41:53 PM IST

 Land encroachments and questionable allotments of government lands inside educational institutions and those belonging to government departments across Nagaland, has caused the biggest hurdle to development which everybody wants and which all governments promises. However, when it comes to doing the right thing to promote and nurture all-round development, vested interests have ended these dreams. Such encroachments, whether legal or illegal, have been going on for many decades because of laxity on the part of authorities or due connivance of those responsible for protecting government lands. Educational institutions are being deprived of needed space for expansion while some development departments have lost most of the lands to private individuals. There were cases where even the office of the district administration have been locked up. The affected departments such as veterinary & animal husbandry in Dimapur, airport, district hospital, agriculture to name a few, are examples of how encroachments are depriving the people and their future generation of benefits. This newspaper has been highlighting the problem since 90s but the practise continues. Kohima Science College was established on September 15, 1961 by a group of visionaries, who felt the need to set up a science institute during the tumultuous times of 60s. The pioneers who had a futuristic vision formed a committee to establish among the first science colleges in the north east, such as – Dr. Neilhouzhu Kire (President); Vizol Angami (Member); J.B. Jasokie(General Secretary);Akum Imlong (Member); Keduonyu Sekhose (Organizing Secretary); Rev Haizotuo Munshi Angami (Member) and U.M. Deb (Treasurer). The college was housed in a few quarters of the present Rüzhükhrie Government Higher Secondary School (RGHSS) Kohima(erstwhile government high school Kohima established in 1941). The college shifted to the present campus in 1968 situated on a hillock, originally, measuring 200 acres. Jotsoma Villagers donated 50 acres of prime land for the college, while around 131.78 acres was procured by the government through token compensation of 0.03 paisa per square feet in 1967-68. Presently, three portions, about 50 acres altogether, have been carved out to house a Water Reservoir, Doordharshan Kendra, Kohima and Music Academy(RCEMPA). The encroachments and “unabated allotments” have been going on since the 90s, according to Jotsoma village council. Despite the decision of the High Powered Committee(HPC) on November 14,1990 headed by then H&Tech Education minister Prof.T.Chuba that college land will not be allotted to any organisation or individual in order to facilitate expansion of the college, the government itself has violated its own decision. Even past and present students, teachers and parents of students of KSC had pleaded with the government to stop all private constructions and allotments, but all in vain. These encroachments have prevented KSC from expanding and deprived it from becoming the campus of NEHU earlier then NU. The cabinet had decided to relocate the PHE water reservoir facilities and also to take back unused land earlier allotted to Regional Centre of Excellence for Music & Performing Arts(RCEMPA). The decision of the cabinet has come 30 years late but still welcome. Hopefully, the cabinet will have the political will to also act decisively against encroachments and land grab syndrome adversely affecting educational institutions and activities of departments in the interests of 20 lakh people of Nagaland.

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