Morung Express News
Dimapur | July 8
Bade village under Dhansiripar sub-division in Dimapur district has been adopted as a model village under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) of the Central government. The programme, which was launched in October 2014, focuses on development of model villages through a collaborative implementation of existing schemes and designing new initiatives based on the local context.
The scheme also requires Members of Parliament, irrespective of party affiliation, to actively participate with each MP requiring to adopt villages in their respective constituencies and fix parameters to turn them into model villages.
As per the programme plan, Rajya Sabha MP, KG Kenye adopted Bade village. Speaking at the ceremonial adoption programme at the village on July 8, Kenye explained the reason for adopting Bade under the scheme. “There are many other deserving villages in and around this sub-division and in other parts within this district. But there are two outstanding reasons why I chose this village,” said Kenye.
According to him, the connection the Bade villagers share with the history of the Naga National movement, “The connection and the significance, the legacy that is a part of this village was one of the outstanding reasons why I have chosen this village.” The other, he said is the village’s strategic location.
Stating that this is not the first instance of an MP adopting a model village, he added that it should be an exemplar or rather set a benchmark on how model villages should be like.
While he said that the occasion was celebratory, he though added that with the celebration also comes the responsibility of living up to the programme’s vision. “We also have the added responsibility of demonstrating what a true Naga citizen should be (and) Bade’s citizens as exemplifying themselves as model Naga citizens.”
The Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Kesonye Yhome described the programme objective as a holistic approach towards development that envisages integrated development of the village across multiple areas. While the aim is to provide access to basic amenities and opportunities, it also aims at nurturing the value of community spirit, self-confidence and people’s participation.
SAGY’s State Nodal Officer and Deputy Director, Rural Development while highlighting the programme objective said that as an adopted village under the programme a heightened sense of responsibility and cooperation with the departmental agencies on the part of the villagers is paramount.