Kohima, July 17 (MExN): Kohima Law College led by Professor-in-Charge Kezhokhoto Savi conducted ‘Citizen Rights & Duties Awareness’ campaign at Khiamniungan Baptist Church, Kohima on July 15.
Several topics such as Consumer Rights, National Food Security Act, Human Rights, Environment, Public Service Delivery, Lokayukta, Food Safety and Standard, RTI & Clean Election were presented by V. Kalito Sumi, Jendemo L. Tsanglao, Aleno Sale, Moamongla, Nchumthung J. Murry, Vikhono Kiso, Nokrentemjen Kichu, and Petesinuo Perheilie, informed a press release from Savi.
With the implementation of National Food Security Act 2013 in Nagaland, it was pointed out, 14,05,956 of the population of Nagaland – 2,12,034 AAY & 11,93,922 PHH – is entitled to get rice at the rate of Rs.3/- per kg and wheat at Rs.2/- per kg. Under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), beneficiary will get 35 kg of food grain per month and Priority Household (PHH) beneficiary will get 5 kg per head per month.
Savi said that the National Food Security Act ensures access to adequate quality food at affordable prices for people to live a life with dignity. It is to cover 75% of the rural population and up to 50% of the urban population. The Act includes maternity benefit of not less than Rs.6000/- and mid-day meals, he informed.
“The genuine concern here is, is the community of Khiamniungan especially back at home getting food grains as entitled under this Act? This is a fight against hunger and we cannot allow either the politicians or public servants or businessmen to misappropriate it as this is really going to help the state economy,” Savi asserted. He further requested the Khiamniungan Students’ Union Kohima, who also attended the programme, to take further initiative to find out whether their community back at home is getting their due shares.
Highlighting few duties of a ‘Consumer’, Savi said it is necessary to be alert and vigilant about the food products. Also while buying goods or availing services, he stated, always insist on cash/receipt, check the expiry date especially medicine, the MRP, ISI mark or AGMARK etc., and check the manufacture date, especially packed food.
Speaking on Clean Election, he said, it is to emphasize the importance of personal integrity in elected leaders as the basis for public integrity. “Election is a good means of choosing a leader but very often time we abuse it because of the wrong practices of election and we hear painful stories of divisions, in families, clans and villages and the fabric of friendship and love among family members is destroyed,” he lamented. Stating that the unity and love among the church members is being eroded by the negative forces of election, Savi maintained, the need of change is very urgent. “We must not make election as a battle ground, rather cast our vote fairly and be the change.”