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DIPR Naga News (16.11.2021)


State level National Press Day, 2021 was held at DIPR conference hall, Kohima on 16th November 2021 with the theme ‘who is not afraid of media’, with Advisor to Chief Minister, Abu Metha as the special guest.

In his speech Advisor, Abu Metha said that the DIPR was called as the propaganda machine of the government that is in power but that narrative has changed with the passing of time. IPR has the responsibility of highlighting the achievements of the state government. He asked the department to step out of the old narrative and contribute more towards the new story of Nagaland. The Department of IPR has a number of efficient, smart and capable officers and that the State government, policy makers and the implementers should give more focus to the department, Metha said.  He added that with the advent of internet revolution and the eruption of social media and the scope of various media platforms, the amount of debated deliberations that are happening on various social media platforms, the department should put in more effort in such fields. He also said that the policy makers have to understand the new dynamics of this new age and asked the government to help create new roles and strategies for IPR department. Metha urged the department and the media houses to tell the success stories of the state despite the hurdles and the challenges faced, because every success story inspires and motivates people.

The Advisor also said that there is a huge disparity between the media houses in Nagaland and outside the state. Therefore, the government and the Naga society as a whole should put its mind together on how to empower the media and how to make them benefit more. He asked the media in Nagaland to confront the truth and not to be afraid of the truth. If the system in Nagaland has to be improved, if the negativity is to be eradicated in the society, the media has to be willing to ask questions and to tell the truth and have the courage to highlight the deficits and shortfalls in the government, he said. It is only then that the media will stand up with the other pillars of democracy and it is only then the question of ‘who is not afraid of media?’ will arise.  But striving towards such aspirations holds challenges and there are compromises in delivery mechanisms.

Metha stated that merely claiming to be the fourth pillar is not enough, but walking that extra mile will ensure that there will be growth in the fourth pillar of democracy. He also urged the press and media houses to give more focus on investigative journalism. Investigative journalism needs the support of the media houses, of the society as a whole, and needs to be backed up by budgets because investigative journalism is not normal reporting but it is about asking questions, putting people in discomfort and this is where the role of the fourth pillar comes in. The Advisor stated the media should act as watchdog of the other three pillars and should also act as the voice of the citizens and help in changing the narrative of the Naga people. Without the freedom of the press and without a vibrant media, democracy does not exist, he opined.

Director, IPR, Er. Z. Tokishe Sema in his exhortation stated that National Press Day is celebrated to honour and acknowledge the Press Council of India which acts as the modern watchdog of free and fair press in the country. He asked the media people present to strive for the betterment of the society and to help in the upliftment of the state and the country as a whole. The programme was chaired by Deputy Director, IPR, Simon Telia.

(Takumpula, IA)


The Dimapur Press Club celebrated the National Press Day under the theme “who is not afraid of media” at DBDIL Hall, Don Bosco School Campus, Dimapur, on 16th November 2021 with Padma Bhushan, Dr. SC Jamir, who is also the former Governor of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha and CM of Nagaland, as special guest.

Addressing the gathering, Padma Bhushan, SC Jamir, said that world is moving very fast particularly in the field of science and technology and the modern society has become information society where every citizen is equally interested to get latest information of not only the country but of the whole world therefore the information should be comprehensive, accurate and fair. In a situation where idea of right to information has become paramount in the society, he said, one should remember that the fundamental rights provided in the constitution of India and the other democratic world nothing has been given without checked. All rights are subjected to certain code of conduct, he said. He also said that in democracy where all are free, the privileges of the rights have to be matched with obligations and responsibilities.

On relationship between government and press, he said that much have been discussed, debated, deliberated on all occasion and various commentaries were also made but more important is the relationship between newspapers and their readers stating that newspapers must focus their attention on the welfare of the common man and in highlighting the problem of the people instead of the speeches of politicians. Speaking on his vision of Nagaland, Jamir, also mentioned that people of Nagaland are living in a confused society as no group or society can say which directions they are going. People talk about 21st century scientific development information technology but are too obsessed about the past that the Nagas have failed to new history and also completely neglected economic development, social reformation and cultural enlightenment while talking about politics.

Giving his opinion on Naga political issues, referring to framework agreements signed between Naga political groups and Government of India, he believed that agreed position signed was made in the best interest of the people of the state and the Naga people are politically conscious to accept the reality and further appealed the Naga people to wake up and see the reality and march hand in hand with the rest of the country.

The programme was chaired by Akangjungla while welcome address and vote of thanks were proposed by VP, DPC, Temjen Anichar and Dilip Sharma.

(Watimenla IA Dimapur)


Chief Minister, Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, will be officially launching the “Export Facilitation Cell” of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade at 2:00 PM on 17th November 2021 at Capital Convention Centre, Kohima Nagaland in the presence of Vice Chancellor, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Dr. Manoj Pant.

                                                                                                (Morotsung, IA)


Director General, Prison, Home Guards, Civil Defense & State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Nagaland, Rupin Sharma, IPS inaugurated the District Commandant Office of Home Guards, Civil Defence & State Disaster Response Force, Mokokchung on 16th November 2021.

Addressing the gathering, the Sharma thanked everyone involved in the successful completion of the new office building. He hoped the Mokokchung office will deliver its best service to the public from the new office. He also call upon the gathering to give its due respect to the Home Guards as they are do a tremendous work during the times disasters. The DG also released ‘Newsletter’ of Home Guards, Civil Defence & State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) Mokokchung.

The technical report was presented by the E.E P.E.P, Alichen, Mokokchung, Er. Kito Anche. District Commandant HGs’ CD & SDRF, Mokokchung, Mulai Lamniah chaired the programme and delivered the welcome. Vote of thanks was proposed by Dy. Commandant General HGs & CD and SDRF, Medozhalie Pienyu.

(DPRO Mokochung)


The Wokha District Task Force (DTF) for COVID-19 held a consultative meeting on 16th November 2021 at the DC’s Conference hall, under the chairmanship of ADC, Wokha, Lankonsen T Tsanglao. The meeting was held in regard to the direction given by the Prime Minister of India to implement the schedule “Har Ghar Dastak Campaign” of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and to effectively manage and accelerate the vaccination coverage of 1st and 2nd dose in the District.

To increase the vaccination percentage in the district, different officer in-charge were designated at different circles, blocks and villages to sensitize and spread awareness about the importance of vaccination, said the chairman and urged all officers to give concentrated effort in motivating and convincing the people who are yet to take the vaccine in order to increase the vaccination percentage in the district.

ADC, Wokha said the pandemic has concerned everyone and they have given their best from the beginning to fight the pandemic and called for more support from everyone and continue to combat the virus.

Dy. CMO, Dr. Zuben Kikon while presenting on the COVID scenario in the district said, as of now as per the portal report the district has so far vaccinated 68% of the district population, and added that very shortly household survey will begin to study about the eligibility and to take stock of the status who are yet to get the vaccine. He also states that as per data, numbers of positive cases and death rate in the district shows most of them are un-vaccinated and urged the public to avail and get vaccinated.

Chief Medical Officer, Wokha said, it is the responsibility of each and every one of us in spreading awareness to break the chain about public resistance in taking the vaccine and further stated that latter it might become compulsorily where we cannot visit places, and urged all to get vaccinated and tested for the benefit of all.

(DPRO & IA, Wokha)


Deputy Commissioner Mon, Thavaseelan K, IAS on 16th November 2021 graced the launching of awareness cum digital literacy training for new designs and manufacturing technologies in handloom and handicraft sector at DRDA Centre, Mon.

Thavaseelan stated that the massive shift from manual to automated manufacturing with the advancement of technology, creating digital linkages for creating and reaching out to more markets and adapting to the demands of other markets by diversifying to other products beyond the traditional products were some of the major challenges and focus areas for the sector in the State. However, the detailed training programme of the NIELIT Team would be a stepping stone to tackle the challenges and focus areas, he added.

The DC urged upon the participants to make optimal use of the training programme and through the values and knowledge gained from the training, ensure that their businesses goes to the next level.

Director, NIELIT, Kohima, L. Lanuwabang briefed about the Project content and its implementation plan. He expressed happiness for Mon to be the first district in Nagaland where the project is being implemented. He stated that the handloom and handicraft sector of Nagaland is considered as one of the prime contributors for economic enhancement in the State, thereby, a need was felt to enhance productivity, diversity and value addition in handicraft and handloom products to ensure their better acceptance in the market. It was realized that this could be satisfactorily achieved by introducing artisans to innovative design and production process by leverage its tools and technology and promoting market tie-ups through a digital platform, he added.

NIFT, Kolkata, Dr. Dibyendu Datta, talked about Sustainability in handloom and handicraft trade and creating linkages between the different stakeholders for upliftment in their livelihood.

Jt Director, NIELIT, Daniel Meren, delivered a session on Digital Marketing and its opportunities and challenges.

The project is implemented by NIELIT, Kohima in collaboration with Department of Industry and Commerce, Government of Nagaland under the sponsorship by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. 60 artisans from MON District have been enrolled to undergo the 36 hrs Digital Literacy training as the first batch of the project.

                                                                                                (Renbenthung, IA Mon)


The district level awareness and sensitisation on Nagaland Education Project-The Lighthouse (NECTAR) was launched by the Department of School Education on 16th November at DC’s conference hall, Kiphire.

Deputy Project Director, NEP-(NECTAR), Avelu Ruho while highlighting the NEP-The Lighthouse aims and objectives, stated that the main focus is to enhance class room teaching and resources (NECTAR) with an aim to improve and enhance quality and learning outcomes of government schools in the state and through this initiative. The State government is committed to address the targeted problems within fixed project duration- to enhance the governance of schools across the state, to improve in teaching practices and to enhance of overall learning environment, she said. Ruho also said that community initiative will be of great help for the success of the project activities and can change the education sector, where she urged the gathering to give effort for successful implementation of the project. She also said that the project is funded by the World Bank for five years only.

The community ownership, investment and collective management was presented by PMU team and was followed by discussion. Opening message was delivered by Deputy Commissioner, Kiphire, T. Wati Aier while the program was chaired by AEO, Tsipongla.

The meeting was attended from various departments, tribal hohos of Sangtam, Sema, Yimkhiung, Tikhir, all eleven ward representatives, representative from various government school teachers.

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Finance Department stated that based on a comprehensive data on employees collected from all Departments by the Personal Information Management System (PIMS) Cell, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (P&AR) Department, it has been decided to introduce the payment of salaries and wages through e-Pay Bill System.

Effective from the month of November 2021, payment of salaries and wages under e- pay Bill will be enabled only for Government employees who have been registered in the PIMS database as notified by the P&AR Department vide their O.M No. AR-3/Gen-174/2007(pt) dated 27.09.2019.

The process of building up the PIMS database started in 2016 with the co-operation of all the departments and trainings having been imparted to all DDOs and Bill Assistants on the functioning of the e-Pay Bill System. As such it is expected that remuneration payment for employees on e-Pay Bill System will be smooth and will also receive the necessary support and commitment from all concerned to make it succeed. Difficulties, if any, may be brought to the notice of the PIMS Cell, P&AR and Finance department.

All the Departments have been directed to strictly adhere to the procedures and guidelines issued by the P&AR Department for updating the employees’ details /data in the PIMS portal.




The Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services conducted a Farmers’ Field School at Penshe sector, Noklak town on 16th November 2021.The resource persons were CVO Tuensang, Dr. Tekasangba and Diko Nusory, V.S Tuensang.

During the Farmers Field School, the trainees were taught on Piggery, Goatery and Poultry farming. They taught on immunization/ vaccination, caring, feeding, treatment, record keeping, production, profit etc.

Meanwhile, awareness campaign under livestock health and disease control with special emphasis on control of foot and mouth diseases and Brucellosis under the Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Nagaland under the aegis of Government of India, Ministry of Fishery, Animals Husbandry and Diary, implemented by the Nagaland Livestock Development Board was also held on 16th November 2021.

(K.K.Chim, IA Noklak)


Pughoboto Sub Division Planning and Development Board meeting was held under the chairmanship of Pughoboto SDPDB and MLA Y. Vikheho Swu held at the DB court hall on 16 November 2021.

Chairman Head Office, Nagaland Rural Bank (NRB), V. Venkata Narayanan, AMK shopping Complex, Kohima who presented the NRB power point presentation owned by state Government at the Pughoboto sub-division Planning and Development Board meeting apprised to house that the Pughoboto sub-division will be getting a mobile van with ATM facility sponsored by NABARD by January 2022. He said NRB Pughoboto was established in June 1984, migrated to CBS platform June 2011, and requested to the citizen and the government department officials to promote the bank and avail the financial facilities available.

MLA, Vikheho Swu acknowledged the NRB officials for their initiative to set up an mobile ATM booth van at Pughoboto, the second mobile van in the state next to Mokokchung. He assured that he will highlight to the higher authorities the difficulties faced by the bank institution. Swu asked the departments officers of Pughoboto to open up Government Accounts at NRB, Pughoboto. He also encouraged all the pensioners, who are drawing theirs pension salary from outside the areas to transfer their accounts to NRB, Pughoboto for their convenience. Swu directed the board to send the SDPDB meeting minutes from next month to every village Council Chairman every month so as to know the various government development implementations both the has happened and those are happening.

The board also decided to include one each VCC and student leader in the tree plantation committee from next drive and decided to write a letter to the villages to submit the names to the ADC office. EE (PWD), Pughoboto informed that the some improvements of the road and jungle clearance have started and arrangements have been made for the machinery to clear some section of the roads area wise.

ADC and DEO, SDPDB Vice Chairman Pughoboto, Thungchanbemo Tungoe urged the officers to be present at the meetings regularly. The advent Christmas cum SDPDB meeting has been fixed on 15th December 2021.

(APRO Pughoboto)


The first ever program under the aegis of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) started at Kohima on 16th November, 2021 with Chairman of the Technical Committee of the AFI, and President of the Telangana Athletics Association, Stanley Jones and Technical resource person from AFI, Shambudas from Kolkata as the resource persons.

In the inaugural function, Vice President of AFI, Abu Metha welcomed the resource persons and appreciated the AFI for the strategies for promoting and developing Athletics in Nagaland and the North East. He encouraged the Technical Officials to take full advantage of the programme and have the aspirations to officiate at the highest levels including national and international events. He highlighted upcoming events that will be held in Nagaland including the Nagaland Cross Country Championships, the Hornbill Cross Country, the 56th Nationals and the South Asian Championships.

Metha also stated that the AFI is of the view that there is an enormous talent bank in the North East and that it is taking up various initiatives and game plans to promote the sport in the region. He stated that it is the nation building duty of the AFI to create opportunities for the youth of the north east.

Stanley Jones in his address gave assurance of the AFI to promote the sport in Nagaland and North East. He said that technical officials are the most important aspects of all national and international events and hoped that TOs from Nagaland will also reach the highest levels of the sport.

The workshop cum examination will be held for three days and will culminate with the Nagaland Cross Country Championships.



As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration, Child Rights Week was organised by the District Child Protection Unit Peren, Department of Social Welfare, under the theme “Promotion of Legal Adoption”. The week-long celebration started on 14th November and will continue till 20th November 2021.

On 16th November, a children marathon run for child rights was held. Topics such as “Child Rights and Human Rights” and “Stand up for Child Rights” marked the celebration.

(Kiso, IA Peren)


IFAD team comprising of eight members and four members from Mizoram FOCUS team officially visited Nagaland on a five day Mid-term Review (MTR) meeting of Fostering climate resilient upland farming system in North-East, Nagaland (FOCUS) project supported by International Fund for Agriculture Development from 15th-20th November 2021 and held its inaugural programme at Hotel De-Oriental Grand, Kohima on 15th November.

The team will also be visiting the project villages from day two. The IFAD team is led by Anton Glaser as team leader for MTR mission. The opening remark was delivered virtually by Country Director, Han Ulac Demirag and stressed on the need to tackle on environment and climate related issues by the project. State project Director- FOCUS and Under Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, S. Tainiu, gave a brief overview about the project after which the team deliberately discuss both physically and virtually with the IFAD officials on the component wise activity its challenges and hindrances during implementation of the project. The team also highlighted on the Ad-memoire recommendation that was given during the Supervision Mission and the action taken.

APC and Mission Director FOCUS, Nagaland, Y. Kikheto Sema, IAS, stressed on the need to make Jhum sustainable agriculture which is an old age traditional practiced of the people of Nagaland which cannot be totally rejected overnight.



The SDG Coordination Centre (SDGCC), Planning & Coordination Department, will be having the ‘SDG One Stop Destination’, during the Hornbill Festival from December 1st-10th 2021.

The dedicated destination will be organised with activities aligning to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as quiz, games, drawing competition, short film screening, SDG photo booth, SDG pledge, and much more on different days during the festival. In addition to that, there will be a ‘Green Christmas Corner’ with interactive activities to generate awareness and encourage local action on celebrating Christmas in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. Participants in the various activities stand a chance to win sustainable goodie bags.

The theme of all the activities will be around the SDGs- the 17 ambitious global goals that 193 member countries of the United Nations (including India) have agreed upon in 2015, which are to be achieved by 2030. For more information, please visit our social media handles @sdgccnagaland.

The Government of Nagaland has been working towards localising and integrating the SDGs or the Global Goals since 2019. This is yet another effort towards creating more awareness and public participation on the SDGs-oriented action as well as aligning all activities to the SDGs during the festival period.




The District Water & Sanitation Mission (DWSM), Kohima held its meeting under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie, NCS at DC’s Conference Hall Kohima on 15th November 2021.

Chairing the meeting, the DC said the DWSM function was to monitor and keep track on the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in the district, implemented by the PHED and RD department. JJM is envisioned to provide safe & adequate drinking water through individual household tap connection by 2024 to all household in rural areas. The mission was launched by Prime Minister on 15th August 2019.

On the status of JJM implementation Schools (Govt. & Private schools), where 57% coverage have been completed in seven blocks under the district, DC asked the CMO and DEO Kohima to cross check the availability of the facility so as to ensure that regular drinking water is available in the schools and centres.

On JJM Village under 2020-21 fiscal year, where 80% of the civil works have been reportedly completed in 45 villages, DC said the remaining 20% of the work be completed within the time period. He asked the concerned departmental officials to ensure quality works be carried out while implementing the scheme. DC further requested the third party who are to check the quality work executed by the agencies to be sincere and to reflect the actual work in their report.

Executive Engineer PHED, Kohima Urban Division, Subongyanger gave a PowerPoint presentation on JJM mission and its strategy. He also informed that under Kohima Urban Division, six villages including BSF Kiyake will be covered under the scheme. He also presented on the JJM components, steps followed for JJM implementation, village, district & state action plan, Implementation Support Agencies (ISA) and on monitoring & evaluation.

District Coordinator Kohima Division, Ashale Seb also presented a PowerPoint on JJM under rural division, where she stated that seven villages have been covered under ‘Har Ghar Jal’ village. She also informed that besides the 1st phase of JJM 2020-21 with 45 villages, another 45 villages have been listed in the 2nd phase for the implementation of the scheme for the year 2021-22. Status on Anganwadi centers, water testing through FTK test at village level and lab test report were also presented.

(DPRO Kohima)



The Exam Routine for the Class-V Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination 2021 is fixed as follows:

Time                            : 9:30 A.M-12:00 Noon.

Maximum time            : 2.30 Hours

Minimum time             : 1 Hour DATE DAY SUBJECT
1 3rd December 2021 Friday Science
2 4th December 2021 Saturday English
3 6th December 2021 Monday Mathematics
4 7th December 2021 Tuesday Social Studies



All children deserve the right to an education, including those with Special Needs. In the past few years, there has been a significant change in the society’s views on education of children and inclusive classrooms. The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has recognized the importance of creating enabling mechanisms for providing Children with Special Needs (CWSN), the same opportunities of obtaining quality education as any other child. Para 6.10 to 6.14 of NEP 2020 deals with the provisions and strategies for such category of children.

While the Indian education system and successive government policies have made steady progress towards bringing gender and social category gaps in all levels of school education, large disparities still remain-especially at the secondary level. The education system must aim to include inclusiveness and equity to benefit all children so that no child loses any opportunity to learn and excel because of circumstances of birth or background.

            It is time for all schools to have a better knowledge in this subject. With that in mind, the Nagaland Board of School Education in collaboration with the Office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities is organizing a webinar on ‘Awareness on Inclusive Education’ on 22nd November, 2021 at 1:00 PM. All Heads of Registered Institutions have been directed to attend the webinar without fail.

The programme and the link for the webinar will be shared in the District Whatsapp groups at a later date.



As directed by the Election Commission of India, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Department of Post (DoP), represented by the Postmaster General (PMG), NE-II Region, Dimapur, Som Kamei and the Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland, V. Shashank Shekhar on 15th November, 2021 in the office chamber of the Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland, for delivery of Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPICs) and various Notices through Speed Post services of DoP on mutually agreed upon terms.

By using Speed Post services, the Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPICs) and important notices will reach the voter in a safe, time-bound and efficient manner. The MoU is being operationalised with immediate effect.

On the occasion of signing the MoU, the Department of Post represented by the Superintendent of Post, Razouzakie Phinuo and his team of officers expressed the hope and assurance that DoP will ensure delivery of EPICs to the right person on time. He expressed gratitude to ECI & DoP for this opportunity to serve the society.

The CEO, Nagaland and his team of officers expressed happiness at this special initiative of ECI & DoP which will especially benefit the common people in the State.

The MoU will be valid for five years with effect from the date of signing it and will be extendable subject to the terms and conditions to be mutually agreed upon by both the parties at the time of each extension. The PMG will provide facilities available under the Speed Post service including booking, transmission and door delivery of all Speed Post articles containing EPICs and Notices to the concerned voter.