Member of Parliament, Neiphiu Rio speaking in Mon today.
Mon, November 10 (MExN): Nagaland State MP to the Lok Sabha, Neiphiu Rio today called upon the Naga people to work for peace and unity, setting aside individual interests, as that will facilitate solution, development, employment etc.
Addressing the inaugural programme of Totok Omlen Village, Mon, Rio conveyed greetings to the villagers upon getting government recognition and said: “When there is peace and unity, our problems can be solved.”
A press note from the MP’s Press Secretary informed that Rio hailed the Konyak community as the largest Naga tribe inhabiting Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar, and stressed on the importance of unity, urging them to be an example to other Naga tribes. He said that the people of the area were behind only in terms of education and development and added, “whereas, as a people you are not backward but at par with any other Naga tribe.”
The MP expressed his concern about the Human Development Reports of the district, which recorded the lowest literacy rate at 57 %, lowest per capita income and lowest life expectancy rate at 75 years on average.
Stating that 70% of Nagaland’s population was still rural, Rio challenged the Konyak Union, the gazetted officers, the various unions and the people to establish urban towns and cities in the plain areas of the district like Tizit in order to be more accessible and boost their economy.
“Westerners were also savages once upon a time. But as they got civilized, with time, they began to move towards the plains to be more accessible and therefore, you will find that most cities are built in coastal areas, or near rivers, and valleys. This not only makes the area more accessible but also boosts the economy through increased trade and commerce,” he was quoted as saying.
The MP meanwhile informed that the railway line from Dimapur to Tizit and further on to Arunachal Pradesh has been approved while a four-lane expressway along the same route is in the offing.
The Nagaland MP donated an ambulance and handed over the same to the district administration in line with his gesture of donating an ambulance each to all the tribes of Eastern Nagaland. While suggesting that the Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong (KNSK) or Konyak Mothers’ Association can manage the ambulance service, he however called upon the Konyak Union and its frontal organisations to discuss and finalise the same with the district administration.
Adviser, DUDA and NEPED, S Pangnyu Phom also spoke on the occasion. Affirming that Phoms and Konyaks are not different from each other, he called upon the people of the village to always remember all those who were instrumental in establishing and getting the village recognized. He expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister and the cabinet for approving the recognition of Totok Omlen. Pangnyu further stated that the Konyaks were blessed with vast area and fertile land and called upon the people to utilise God’s blessing to become prosperous.
Earlier, the chief guest inspected the guard of honour by the Village Guards and then dedicated the commemorative plaque by cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
Those who attended the programme included Adviser, DUDA & NEPED, S Pangnyu Phom; Parliamentary Secretary, NRLM & Evaluation, Pohwang Konyak; Parliamentary Secretary for Sericulture, Home Guards and Civil Defence, Namri Nchang; ENPO President Khoiwang Konyak; Angh of Totok Chingha and Totok Omlen, Khanjai; Chief Angh of Totok Chingnyu, Tongam besides a multitude of government officials, tribal leaders, party officials and dignitaries from neighbouring villages.