Minister, Dr. Nicky Kire launching the backhoe loaders in Dimapur on September 12. (Morung Photo)
Morung Express News
Dimapur | September 12
The PWD (R&B) on Tuesday distributed a backhoe loader each to all its 24 Divisions in the state during a programme organized at NER Agri Expo Site, 4th Mile Dimapur. Chief Engineer, PWD (R&B), Er. Krosu Rhetso informed that the 24 loaders were procured at a cost of Rs 7, 56, 00, 000 (Seven Crore Fifty Six Lakh).
He expressed the hope that the Executive Engineers would put in their best efforts to judiciously utilize the machines for departmental works during emergencies as well as normal working season.
Commissioner & Secretary, Works & Housing Department, Bendangkokba IAS was optimistic that with the procurement of backhoe loaders, the Department would be able to give better service to the public. He appealed the staff not to misuse the machines and emphasize on serving the people.
Dr. Nicky rues negative attitude of public
Minister for PWD (R&B), Dr. Neikiesalie (Nicky) Kire who launched the machines lamented the negative attitude of the public exhibited through various social media about the PWD (R&B). “When we recently inspected road conditions in Dimapur, I was surprised to see pictures of mock cultivation and planting of trees on the roads being circulated in the social media. It shows how negative our people are. For anything that goes wrong, people always blame the government,” he said.
The Minister said that people should think of what they could do for the society or state instead of thinking what the society or state could do for them.
He said the Department would accord priority for Kohima and Dimapur being the capital and commercial hub but added it does not mean that other district headquarters were not important. Dr. Nicky said other headquarters would also be looked into.
With the new backhoe loaders distributed to the Divisions, he made an appeal to the staff to make the best use of it and to put in sincere efforts in whatever ways they can for the public.
Engineer-in-Chief, NPWD, Er. Khrupi Natso chaired the programme while Rev. Dr. Shiwoto Assumi pronounced the dedicatory prayer for the new machines.