DIPR Naga News (19.7.2021)
July 19, 2021
CMMSF AWARDED TO MERITORIOUS STUDENTS IN HSLC 2020
The Chief Minister’s Meritorious Students’ Fellowship (CMMSF) was awarded to 50 students who secured top ranks in the High School Leaving Certificate 2020, conducted by the Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE), during a virtual felicitation programme held on 19th July 2021.
Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio congratulating the achievers said that their success is a result of their hard work and determination, and expressed hope that they will bring more laurels to the State in future. He expressed his appreciation that in spite of the hard times faced due to COVID-19 pandemic, the result of the last Board’s Examination has shown improvement in the pass percentage. Rio urged the whole student community to be committed, stay focused and not allow the pandemic to stand in the way of their studies or their future careers.
Rio encouraged the students to select their line of study carefully keeping in mind their talents and subjects of interest, and advised them not to limit their arena to a government job in the State. Also raising concern at few Naga youth qualifying for the IAS and Central Services, he advised the students who are academically gifted to prepare for various competitive examinations under the Union Public Service Commission.
With the world changing at a rapid pace, especially in science and technology, Rio called for the Education department to reorient the education system so as to equip students to face the new world with confidence and to help them realize their full potential. He informed that the State has introduced various skill/ vocational subjects at secondary and higher secondary levels in 35 government schools and 3 private schools keeping in mind the importance of practical life skills.
Advisor, School Education, K. T. Sukhalu speaking at the programme commended the awardees for their achievement and called them to be torch bearers for all the students who will be following their footstep. While stating that there is so much ahead of them, he advised the students not to get distracted.
Chairman, NBSE, Asano Sekhose highlighted about the CMMSF and the eligibility criteria for the award. NBSE grants fellowship to the top 50 students as per the HSLC examination. The fellowship is available for Indigenous Scheduled Tribes of Nagaland. It provides financial assistance to the selected students for further studies and is valid for five years, and will depend on the performance of the student which shall be continuously monitored.
Awardees, Azizi Phesao from Model Higher Secondary School and Ngamjong Jn Yanlem from St. John Higher Secondary Residential School, Dimapur also spoke on behalf of the award recipients and thanked the Chief Minister, Directorate of School Education, NBSE and various organization for coming up with the CMMSF initiative.
MEETING OF AHoDs AND HoDs HELD
A meeting of Administrative Heads of Departments/Heads (AHoDs/HoDs) of Departments was held at the Secretariat Conference Hall on 19th July 2021.
The meeting deliberated on the attendance of Heads of Offices and staff in the districts, Directorates and Secretariat, and decided that Special Vaccination Camps would be organised, as requested by various departments to the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare.
The Eight Session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) is scheduled to be held from 3rd August 2021. In this regard, the NLA Secretariat requested the members of the Legislative Assembly to submit the questions, latest by 23rd July 2021. Also, the MLAs were asked to be prepared for the Committee meetings.
The meeting, discussing on the Nagaland Rules of Executive Business 2020, asked all the AHoDs/HoDs to be thorough with it, as these are the main guidelines about the day to day transactions of the Government.
Many departments and directorates have appointed Legal Advisors/Legal Consultants on full time basis or on various terms and conditions. In this regard, the Department of Justice & Law has been asked to examine the engagements of the Legal Consultants/issue the guidelines regarding such appointments, and to submit a report within 15 (fifteen) days.
The meeting also raised concern regarding department websites which have not been updated for a long time, or are not updated on time. On this line, the Chief Secretary, Nagaland, J. Alam, IAS said that whenever major developments take place, it should be updated in the respective department website, and on this line, asked the Nodal Officers in-charge of every department website to ensure that such updation should be carried out by the 2nd of August 2021. The Information Technology & Communication Department would provide the necessary assistance.
KOHIMA DTF ORGANISES SENSITIZATION ON COVID-19 TESTING & VACCINATION AT KOHIMA VILLAGE
The Kohima District Task Force (DTF) on COVID-19 organized a sensitization programme on COVID testing and vaccination for the villages of Kohima Village, Chedema, Chedema Model, Tsabazou, Kijümetouma, Kijümetou Basa, Rüsoma and Dihoma. The programme was held at Kohima Village Council Hall on 19th July 2021.
Minister in-charge, Tongpang Ozukum Minister for PWD (Mechanical & Housing) in his speech thanked the North Angami Public Organisation (NAPO) for relaying their mature decision to co operate with the government and district administration towards the fight against the pandemic.
Highlighting the cases of COVID-19 in the state, Ozukum stated that Nagaland is the second lowest when it comes to testing and vaccination but the highest in death rates as compared to other states in northeast. He opined that late hospitalisation and self treatment at home was one factors for the rising mortality rate and appealed the villagers to come forward honestly for testing and treatment if symptoms appear so that transmission of the disease can be curbed at the initial stage. “If we are safe, we can save our family and the community. We must not fall victim to rumours and hearsay about the vaccines and maintain the SOP’s religiously at all times as directed by the government”, he said.
The minister hoped that with the continued support of the frontal apex organisations under Kohima district, the district administration will be more prepared for the incoming third wave because the government cannot fight this pandemic alone. “This is the time for Kohima to lead by example. And as the intellectual hub and the district belonging to the most progressive people amongst the Nagas, we must show the way forward to others, be it in vaccination and maintaining government rules regarding COVID-19”, he also stated.
Advisor for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire in his speech asked the gathering to contemplate on how diligently one has been following the covid appropriate behaviors and stressed on the importance of proper wearing of masks, hand hygiene and social distancing. He requested the gathering to come out from the fear of stigmatization on hiding the self test report but to disclose it for early treatment and safety of the people. Dr. Nicky also called upon them to come forward as a responsible citizen and get tested and vaccinated to keep the community safe from this pandemic.
Advisor for Technical Education & Election, Medo Yhokha who also spoke requested the village leaders and apex organization and others to extend cooperation and support in implementing covid protocols in respective areas to protect the community in future.
Giving concluding remarks, DC & Chairman DTF Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie, NCS re-iterated on the role of every responsible individual to act on their part at this juncture for the safety of the community and the upcoming generation. He also emphasized on the provision of law laid down under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897 and relevant Section 188 of IPC where violation of the guidelines issued by the Government can be panelist.
CMO Kohima, Dr. Vezokholu Theyo stated that Kohima district vaccination status as on 18th July 2021 stands at 49.32% coverage out of 1,79,486 headcount where 1,05,706 received 1st & 2nd dose and 88532 with 1st dose.
Emphasizing on the three objectives to break the chain of transmission, CMO said firstly to follow the Covid appropriate behavior; secondly to get tested where active and passive surveillance in the community was required to trace, track and test for early treatment and to avoid social stigmatization and non disclosure of self test, which were the risk factor in the community. Thirdly, on timely vaccination for the safety of the community and also to decrease the morbidity and mortality rate.
“The vaccination is ongoing but we are fighting because of the time factor, where active participation is required from all corners in this exercise as it is the only protective gear to be safe from this virus” stated CMO. She therefore urged the gathering to spread the awareness and to encourage the unvaccinated group to avail the opportunity available at their doorsteps.
President Northern Angami Public Organisation, Zeneituo Yano thanked and appreciated the Kohima DTF for organizing such awareness programme for the area people. He hoped that through this programme the doubts and confusion in the mind of people would be dispelled and every responsible citizen would come forward and avail the facility provided by the Government and also assured on behalf of NAPO to stand behind the DTF in their future activities.
SDO (C) Sadar Kohima, R. Daniel Angami NCS chaired the programme who also proposed the vote of thanks. NAPO, NASU, NAYO, NAWO, AYO and three representatives from Village Council, Village Task Force, women representatives from Villages attended the programme.
PEREN DTF ON COVID-19 & VACCINATION COMMITTEE HOLDS MEETING
Peren District Task Force on COVID-19 and vaccination committee meeting was held on 19th July, 2021 at DC’s Conference Hall, Peren under the chairmanship of DC Peren, Sentiwapang Aier, who is also the DTF Chairman.
Dy. CMO Peren, Dr. Lanuakum highlighted on the positivity rate of COVID & testing report in the district, where he informed that so far, positive cases in the district is 741, currently active cases is 18 and positivity rate of the district is 8.1%.
Dr. Kiholi highlighting on the vaccination status of the district stated, as on 18th of July 2021 report, a total of 19,843 doses (inclusive of both doses) has been administered in the district and overall coverage stands at 26%.
In the meeting, the DTF & Vaccination Committee members deliberated on the review of Unlock-III guidelines, ramping up of testing or Vaccination exercise in the district and improper functioning of ambulance services in the district.
Representative from Kuki Inpi Nagaland expressed their concerns regarding the posting of doctors at Primary Health Centre Ahthibung where the DTF Chairman assured to take up the matter urgently.
Medical Department requested the DTF to issue separate order informing the SDTF and Village Councils to provide cooperation with the Medical Department during testing, contact tracing and Vaccination drives in order to fulfill the required target.
(DPRO & Mamang, IA Peren)
RANDOM TESTING CONDUCTED AT WOKHA
As decided during the District Task Force Meeting for COVID-19, to prevent the spread of the virus (COVID-19), the DTF in collaboration with the Medical department conducted Random Antigen Test (RAT) at six (6) locations within Wokha town area on 19th July 2021.
The testing was focused mainly for the business establishments, vegetables vendors and shop keepers. Altogether 450 (four hundred fifty) samples were collected for testing and out of which one (1) turned out to be positive. Testings were done at the following locations NST colony, Chukitong Taxi stand, Co-operative Bank, PWD junction, daily bazaar and police point area.
Wokha District Chambers of Commerce & Industries (WDCCI) led by its president, Renpithung Kikon also assisted the testing team in mobilizing and encouraging the business community to come forward for the testing, and as requested by the WDCCI many members turned up in large number for the testing. Kikon also acknowledges the DTF for initiating the random testing for the business community and assured of their fullest co-operation in days to come also.
The Random Antigen Test will continue till the 23rd July 2021 in the urban areas after which the same will be conducted in phase manner covering the entire district. Tomorrow the 20th July 2021, the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) will be conducted at Vankhosung Mission Centre and APMC, Wokha Village on 22nd July 2021 and Longsa village on the 23rd July 2021.
The District Task Force also requested all colonies Council Chairman and Village Councils to assist the Medical Department/ Testing team during the testing exercise, further public are urged to comply with the existing SOPs with regard to COVID-19 during the exercise. The testing will start from 8:00AM onwards.
(DPRO & Zubenthung, IA Wokha)
ADC TENING CONVENES MEETING
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Tening, Rosietho Nguori has convened a coordination meeting of all the Heads offices under Tening sub-division on 21st July 2021 at Tening Town Hall to discuss certain urgent matter of public importance as per the direction received from the Government.
All the concerned Heads of Offices have been requested to attend the meeting positively.
(Eto Kauring, IA Tening)
NBSE TO CONDUCT WEBINAR
The Nagaland Board of School Education has invited the teachers to a webinar in collaboration with Madhubun Educational Books on “Emotional and Psychological well-being of Students” on Friday, 30thJuly 2021, at 3:00 pm to 4: 30 pm.
As places of learning and growth, schools are an ideal setting to support the emotional and psychological health of students and also offer opportunities to build resilience. A renowned educationist, psychologist and well-being coach, Ruma Purkayastha will share insights on this.
The meeting ID and passcode of the webinar are given below:
Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86234863975
Meeting ID: 862 3486 3975
The Heads of Registered Institutions have been requested to inform their teachers to participate in this webinar positively.
ATMA KOHIMA CONDUCTS TRAINING
A one-day training programme on capacity building on dairy farm management & practices for farmers was conducted by ATMA, Kohima at Nagaland State Dairy Farm Kohima on the 16thJuly 2021 with Farm manager, SCBF, Lerie, Dr. Ketholelie Mere as the resource person.
The programme started with a technical session where the resource person mentioned about the dairy farm complex and dairy farm practices. General practices like maintenance of identification, bedding, and exercising, dehorning, castration, grooming, weighing, deworming and deticking were introduced. These practices are maintained at the dairy farm on a regular basis and also these practices help in the growth of dairy farms. Identification of dairy animals is important because it helps to know the history performance.
Different methods of identification were also demonstrated that were branding, tagging, photography, electronic tags. Daily exercise makes animals healthy and active. It also helps in maintaining metabolic process. For provision of comfortable environment during all seasons, bedding material to the animals should be provided and dehorning of animals are to be done to get rid of useless horns. Castration is done after 1 year old. Practices like grooming helps in removing of waste products like loose hairs, skin parasites from hair, reduce stress levels of animals; weighing is necessary to know the feed intake and drug dosage of animals; deworming is done to remove the internal gastro parasites and deticking is performed to get rid of external parasites like ticks, mites, lice from animal bodies.
The technical session concluded with a good interactive session from trainees. Later on, the trainees were given a tour to the dairy farm for practical demonstration by Pedenuo Shuya, Wonchibeni Ezung, Lejao Konyak & Khrietseimenuo Chadi.
The training program had a turnout of 30 progressive farmers from Kohima district and ATMA staff. The programme was chaired by Dy.PD ATMA Kohima, Rokoshuno Angela.
DC PHEK ISSUES DIRECTIVES
Deputy Commissioner Phek, Razouvolie Dozo has informed that lockdown has been extended with existing lockdown measures for 15 (fifteen) more days in Phek District with further relaxations and re-opening of activities, subject to certain conditions and strict adherence to all the applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) as mentioned below with effect from 18th July, 2021 to 1stAugust, 2021:
- Colleges are allowed to reopen from 26th July 2021, subject to all the teachers and non teaching staff having been fully vaccinated (taken both the doses) against COVID-19, or having taken the 1st dose of vaccine against COVID-19, and at least 15days have passed since taking the 1stdose, and strict adherence to the SOP including the maximum allowable percentage of attendance students in the classes to issued by the Home Department.
- Schools are allowed to reopen for Class XI & XII from 2nd August, 2021, subject to all the teachers and non-teaching staff having been fully vaccinated (taken both the doses) against COVID-19, or having taken the 1stdose of vaccine against COVID-19, and at least 15days have passed since taking the 1st (first dose), and strict adherence to the SOP including the maximum allowable percentage of attendance of the students in the classes to be issued by the Home Department.
- Opening of in-house skill development institutes/ establishments with 50% capacity from 26th July 2021 will be permitted, subject to all trainers, assistants and non-teaching staff having been fully vaccinated (taken both the doses) against COVID-19, or having taken the 1st dose of vaccine against COVID-19, and at least 15days have passed since taking the 1stdose, and strict adherence to the SOP issued by the Home Department.
- Social, political, religious, entertainment, academic, cultural gatherings and other public gatherings are allowed up to a maximum of 50 (fifty) persons when the events are held indoors, and up to a maximum of 100 (hundred) persons when the events are conducted outdoors, and subject to strict adherence to COVID-19 requirement of holding of function program with a larger gathering, the prior permission of the DTF will be required.
- Opening of restaurants for dine-in, up 50 % capacity are permitted, subject to all attendants/ staff of the restaurants having been fully vaccinated COVID-19, or having taken the 1stdose of vaccine against COVID-19, and at least 15days have passed since taking the 1stdose, and strict adherence to the applicable SOPs.
- All the District Task Forces/ Block Forces shall map areas for micro-containment zones in case the situation so warrants, as per the detailed guidelines to be issued.
- The returnees/ travelers entering the State/ District, and tourists, who are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to be tested for COVID-19 at the point of entry or required to quarantine. Those who have taken the 1st dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, or at least 15days have passed since taking the 1stdose of the vaccine against COVID-19, will not be required to be tested for COVID-19 at the Point of Entry but will be required to quarantine fro 7 (seven) days. For all other cases, the persons concerned will be required to undergo testing for COVID-19 on payment as per the Government approved rates at the point of entry and further undergo 7 (seven) days quarantine. The DTF/ BTFs concerned will make arrangements for the screening/ testing and paid quarantine in case adequate and proper facilities for quarantine at home are not available to the persons concerned.
- Inter-district movement of person for non-essential service or purpose including private journey by light vehicle is allowed subject to the person(s) including the driver being asymptomatic and having completed their COVID-19 vaccination or taken at least a single dose of vaccine against COVID-19 and 15 days have passed since taking the dose.
- The DTF/ BTFs should enforce the directives issued for displaying the vaccination status of the shopkeepers, barbers, taxi drivers etc.
- Detailed SOPs with regard to Part 1, 2, 3 and 6 will be issued by the Home department in consultation with the department concerned.
Any person/ group of persons acting in violation of the order shall be deemed to have committed an offense punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and under relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.