We’re a poor state, so we’ve to act like one’: Rio

The going gets tough even for an MUV: Security personnel are seen giving a hand to help an MUV negotiate a slippery slope leading to Molungyimsen village on March 19. (Morung Photo)
DIMAPUR, MARCH 20 (MExN): The Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that Nagaland is a poor state; hence one must act like one. Rio made the comment during his address at the inaugural of the ‘Clark Light Tower’ at Molungyimsen village, Mokokchung on Saturday last.
The remark was partly in reaction to a number of demands put forth by the village for development actions. One of the main demands included improvement or rather repair of the pathetic 11 kilometres dirt road connecting the village with NH 61 at Tuli.
This particular stretch of road starting from Tuli through Molungyimsen is the lifeline of nine villages which makes up Changkikong range under the district of Mokokchung. It connects Tuli on the eastern side and with Changki village on the western edge. The villages in serial order starting from Molungyimsen are – Molungkimong, Yimchenkimong, Waromong, Alongkima, Dibuia, Mongchen, Khar, Chungliyimsen and Changki. Successive MLAs or rather governments over the years have failed to bring any worthwhile improvement on the condition of the road that runs through these villages.  
Its status of being the earliest base of Christian mission activities in Naga soil notwithstanding, Molungyimsen village today becomes almost unreachable by road for a major part of the year. The Chief Minister himself and a host of his Assembly colleagues got a feel of the road when they visited the village on March 19. The going got tough even for their suave SUVs and MUVs.
The other appeals of the village included sanctioning of funds to complete the ‘NEC Road’ connecting Tuli and Mongkolemba via Molungyimsen, a Primary Health Centre and a vocational training centre at Luyong Molungyimsen valley. The demands may seem too much of an asking for a village, nevertheless were genuine.
The CM rather than giving any specific assurance skirted the demands while stating that the government ‘will religiously and educationally promote the place’. “We’ll do whatever we can”, was his reply and stated on the need for commitment of the public. He added that the demands will be studied in consultation with concerned MLA from the constituency.
He went on to dwell on the government’s pursuance of the state ‘foothill road’ connecting Dimapur with Tizit and a railhead at Tuli. On the demand for a vocation training centre, the CM instead urged the villagers to turn it into a tourist destination when the village is in need of a proper connecting road.