Dimapur, Sep. 10 (EMN): A team of government officials from the government of India has visited a number of areas in the eastern districts of Nagaland. A government agency handout informed about the visit of the officials who are said to be of ‘Multi Disciplinary Committee,’ but did not explain the purpose of the visit.
The government publicity agency the department of Information and Public Relations (IPR) issued updates to the media on Tuesday informing about the visit of the committee.
The committee comprise high ranking government officials of important agencies such as Internal Security, Niti Aayog, Health & Family Welfare, Tourism, water and sanitation, telecommunications, finance, and the Development of North East Region.
A reception for the visitors was conducted on September 10 in the community hall of Tamlu in Longleng district.
Addressing the gathering on behalf of the visiting team Dr. Ashoke Roy, director for H&FW, Northeast, region, was stated to have expressed happiness at having to visit the remote places and meeting people there.
Referring to a presentation that was given about the ‘overall scenario’ of eastern Nagaland, he said it ‘brings out the reality of the people and the great potential that lies in this segment of India.’ He pointed to having seen the ‘zeal and the participation of the community to be a part of the development.’
Roy said that the presentation was ‘made with sincerity’ and with concern of the community to be a part of the developing nation.
The IPR did not explain what the ‘presentation’ that was given was about.
Roy asserted that the ‘presentation’ will enable the committee to have more data and information about the region. He assured that the committee will ‘put up the correct picture before the authority of the government of India for a logical end so that proper schemes are framed and implemented for overall growth and prospective of the area.’
Roy said further that he was pleased to see ‘huge potential not only to increase the income levels of the local people but also of the country as a whole in various sectors especially in tourism which will attract both national and international tourist,’ according to the IPR’s update.
Speaking on behalf of the Phom Peoples’ Council, Nuklu Phom talked about the ‘overall scenario’ about the sector concerning roads, educational institutions, hospitals, power sources etc in the eastern regions of Nagaland.
Phom also submitted a memorandum on behalf of the eastern Nagaland signed by the Phom Peoples Council asserting that the proposed initiative of the multi disciplinary committee should not be in view of the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation’s demand for statehood under any circumstances, the IPR stated.
A local pastor, Shaophen of Tamlu Town Baptist Church, also spoke at the event. He was stated to have apprised the committee members about the overall situation of the Tamlu area in Longleng district, the IPR stated.
The IPR stated that the committee is Dr. AP Maheshwari, chairman and special secretary for Internal Security; Kabilan, director for Niti Aayog; Dr. Ashoke Roy, director, for Health & Family Welfare, NE; Arjun Srivastava, Tourism; and Ajay Kumar, drinking water and sanitation.
The members of the committee from the government of India arrived at Thonoknyu headquarters on September 10.
The joint secretary for Development of North East Region Rambir Singh; chief engineer for Northeast zone HC Mandalay; Deputy Director General for Finance Services Anjana Dune; DDG for Telecommunications Deepak Chanduka, and extra additional commissioner for Kohima Liaason Changsang are said to have held a meeting. The meeting was conducted in the community hall with departmental officers and representatives of tribal bodies and civil society organisations and public leaders, the IPR stated.
Earlier, the team was given a reception by the Village Guards at Thonoknyu’s helipad, the updates stated. No further details about the event were given in the IPR report.
The multi disciplinary committee of the central government visited Tobu in Mon district on September 10 during which meetings with district and departmental officers were conducted.
According to the IPR, the visiting officials had a joint meeting with administrative officers, police officers, officers of the line departments, and representatives of tribal and civil society organisations from Tobu.