Distinguish the roles of VDBs and Village Council, appeals NSVDBA

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 22 (MExN): The Nagaland State VDB Association (NSVDBA) has appraised the Deputy Commissioner & Chairman VDB of each district in Nagaland to distinguish the assignment of Village Development Boards (VDBs) and Village Council as it is creating confusion amongst the two entities. 

In a consultative meeting held in Kohima on September 15 last, NSVDBA resolved to put up grievances faced by the VDB Secretary for redressal. NSVDBA President, Tohoshe Awomi and General Secretary, Manthung Kikon stated that during the celebration of Independent day, the District Administration has assigned the celebration of Har Ghar Tiranga and Mera Mati Mera Desh to the Village Council and VDBs “which has created disorder as the VDB is burdened with developmental and responsibilities of the VDBs work and in no position to shoulder the responsibilities of other administrative activities.” 

“It is also creating uneasiness as the Village Council has been feeling left aside,” NSVDBA cited and requested the authorities concerned to “distinguish the assignment of the Village Council and Village Development Board in future for the smooth functioning within the village.”

The meeting also resolved to appeal to all the BDOs of 74 RD Blocks to be in their place of posting and complete the geo-tagging of 15th Finance Commission and submit the Utilization Certificate to the department, so that the department can submit it to the MoRD. NSVDBA also appealed to the VDBs to report to the Association, “if any officers are found to be absent in his place of posting and not able to complete the geo-tag in time.”

NSVDBA has also notified to the department that the structure model in the (DPR) issued by the department to the PMAY-G beneficiaries cannot be fully implemented in Nagaland “as the structures model are mainly meant for plain areas and not suitable for hilly areas.” It stated that “in the hilly areas such as the state of Nagaland, the side leveling for any construction work is inevitable which bears the utmost cost.” It therefore appealed to the department to take up the issue with the MoRD and rectify the structure model in such a way that that it is suitable for hilly areas for the successful implementation of the scheme.