MP Lok Sabha, Neiphiu Rio cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the inauguration of ANGDA office cum guest house at Themezie, Kohima on November 8.
ANGDA office cum guest house inaugurated in Kohima
Kohima, November 9 (MExN): MP (Lok Sabha) Neiphiu Rio inaugurated the office cum guest house of the All Nagaland Government Drivers’ Association (ANGDA) at Themezie (High School Road), Kohima on November 8.
Dwelling on the importance of work culture, the MP rued it was lacking in Naga society and appreciated the government drivers for taking up driving as a profession. He lauded the association for its tireless efforts to establish the office.
Stating that there is no job too big or too small to take up, he highlighted the important responsibilities of drivers in not only transporting the officials from one place to another, but also in driving carefully thus keeping the occupants safe and sound, informed a press release.
Rio also cited examples from his personal observations in various countries, and revealed that there are many drivers above the age of 60 who not only drive taxis, but also run travel agencies and act as tour guides thus increasing their earnings. He suggested that after retirement, government drivers could follow such examples in order to remain economically empowered.
He further exhorted the drivers to maintain discipline, sincerity, sobriety, loyalty etc at all times.
The MP also suggested that all drivers in Nagaland, whether government or taxi or private, should come together under an umbrella organization and formulate code of ethics according to the nature of their category within the profession.
In his brief address, ANGDA president Neivisietuo Rino stated that the association was formed in 1967 under the initiative of late JB Jasokie and was known as the Nagaland Drivers’ Union initially. It was only in 1982 that with the increase in the number of government drivers and private taxi drivers, the union bifurcated into ANGDA.
The present plot was purchased in 2004 and construction began in 2016. The union has been affiliated to the Northeast Drivers’ Forum and the All India Government Drivers’ Federation, New Delhi since 2004.
The ANGDA comprises of All Nagaland Directorate and District Drivers’ Union, Nagaland Civil Secretariat Drivers’ Union, Nagaland State Transport Drivers’ Union, and Assembly Secretariat Drivers’ Union. It has units in all 11 districts with approximately 4000 members, the release added.