Naga News


DIPR, Kohima

Monday 17th February 2020



            Manhar Valjibhai Zala, Chairman, National Commission for Safai Karamcharis held a review meeting with Government Officials from various concerned Departments to discuss the welfare schemes/programme meant for safai karamcharis on 17th February 2020 at KMC conference hall.

            During the meeting various issues regarding the social, economic and educational upliftment of the Safai Karamcharis were discussed in detail. Manhar Valjibhai Zala, Chairman, National Commission highlighted the various welfare schemes that have been put in place by the Central Government to ensure that the Safai Karamcharis get equal opportunity for development, at par with the rest of the citizens. He further stressed on the need for proper implementation of the laid down rules by the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis with regard to the employment of the Safai Karamcharis and also the need to set up District level committees in every district to monitor the welfare of the Safai Karamcharis.

            Officials from the State Government led by Himato Zhimomi Principal Secretary, Urban Development & Municipal Affairs including Gregory Thejawelie DC Kohima along with representatives from the Department of Labour, Department of School Education, Kohima Municipal Council, CMO office Kohima and banking institutes attended the meeting. A number of issues regarding the minimum wage of workers, pension schemes, medical benefits, education of the children of the workers, accommodation for the workers, working conditions and facilities were discussed at length during the review meeting.

                                                                                    (Morotsung Longchar, IA Kohima)


            The Chairman of National Commission of India for Safai Karamcharis, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Manhar Valjibhai Zala and his team visited the state capital Kohima and held a meeting with the representatives of Safai Karamcharis employees, Wards and NGO (Green Team Kohima) on 17th February 2020 at KMC Conference Hall

            While speaking on the importance of the welfare of Safai Karamcharis, the Chairman asserted that the cleanliness has become a competition in the country with the initiative of Prime Minister considering health is wealth and added that cleanliness should come before the Doctor. He pointed out that Karamcharis are the people who has been working day and night, putting their lives in risk to protect the nation from diseases and germs with their limited wages. Adding that the purpose of his visit was to receive the grievances of the Safai Karamcharis which have not been heard for many years and to discuss the welfare scheme, and Programme meant for Safai Karamcharis and other related issues. He also interacted with the Karamcharis and took note of their grievances

            Principal Secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Himato Zhimomi said that the visit from Ministry was an eye opener for a KMC to receive the views of Karamcharis and exhorted that “we could be as clean as Karamcharis, if the Karamcharis are not happy then our city also could not be happy”. And suggested the visiting team to provide them a proper health care assistance and minimum wages to lead a respectable lives especially for their children’s education

            Highlighting the initiatives taken as an NGO, Representative from Green Team Kohima, Akhrie said that the team has been taken initiatives in collaboration with the KMC under the 100 smart cities which was implemented in 2019 all over India. Stating that the team has covered all the 19 wards in Kohima by appointing co-ordinators and volunteers in all the wards where all the wards chairman has contributed to the present condition of the city. Adding that during the advocacy and awareness campaign on cleanliness and waste segregation management, the team in collaboration with KMC and Karamcharis has covered 22 schools and 10 colleges in and around Kohima to improve the cleanliness and waste management.

                                                                                                (Akamla, IA Kohima)       


            The National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, led by Chairman Manhar Valjibhai Zala after interacting with the Safai Karamcharis and authorities gave a press conference on 17th February, 2020 at Kohima Municipal Council, Conference Hall.

            The Chairman while expressing his happiness that there was no death related to manual scavenging in Nagaland, said a District Vigilance Monitoring Committee as per the Manual Scavenging Act, 2013 should be set up.

            Chairman, Manhar Valjibhai Zala said that they will look into the request of Safai Karamcharis for increase in their wages as they find it difficult to meet their basic needs on a wage of Rs. 6000 at present. With  68 sanctioned post already filled and 126 temporary workers under KMC, the Commission has directed the authorities to provide minimum wages, leave benefit, safety equipment, housing facilities, medical facilities etc. to all the Safai Karamcharis.

            The Commission said that all Safai Karamcharis should get a health card under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. The Commission also directed the authorities to provide facilities for separate changing rooms for ladies and gents, bathroom with water facilities etc.

            The Commission also said that it is the fundamental right of Safai Karamcharis to get promotion according to seniority. It informed that there will be an awareness camp with medical health checkup for all Safai Karamcharis and their family members on 18th February at KMC office.

                                                                                                (Nouneseno, IA Jakhama)


            Chairman, National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Manhar Valjibhai Zala and his team visit SEPTAGE Management Unit Fund under ADB Assisted NERCCDIP/NERUDP at Meriema Kohima on 17th February 2020. The team was accompanied by the Department of Social welfare, Urban Development, Administration and KMC.

                                                                                                (Shahlong & Moamenla, IA)


            The Indira Gandhi National Open University Regional Centre Kohima celebrated its 33 convocation at the Capital Convention Centre, Kohima on 17th February 2020.

            In the convocation 820 graduating students were conferred with their degree in different streams including 447 master degree, 142 bachelor degree, 128 diplomas and 103 certificate under Kohima Regional centre.

            Regional Director, Dr. T. Iralu in his brief report highlighted about the progress of IGNOU Kohima centre and stated that the 33rd Convocation of the University, a total of 2,31,622 Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates including a few M.Phil and Ph.D. research degrees will be conferred on successful students spread all over the country and abroad which includes 90 Ph.D, 19 M Phil, 91,588 Master’s Degree, 81,408 Bachelors Degree, 41,275 Diplomas and 17,253 certificates.

            Additional Director & HoD, Directorate of Higher Education, Dr. Apeni Lotha said that the university since its inception has been contributing much to the development of higher education. The service extended by IGNOU is not only confined to the country alone but to the oversees as well. She expressed that despite all the hurdles faced to implement the study centre, all the 11 districts now have been upgraded with study centre.

            She also urged the regional centre to introduce more subjects and programmes like M. Phil and Phd programmes, tourism studies, organic farming, sericulture, farming poultry, bee keeping, nutrition and child care, waste management etc. so that the centre can be a part to contribute in substantial development. IGNOU is an institution where opportunity for those unreached and unprivileged students are provided and cater to the needs of the students. The institute gives an ample opportunity to upgrade the skill in professional field, she added

            She also mentioned that IGNOU needs a wider publicity for awareness of the programmes and subjects.

            Dr. Apeni in her convocation address congratulated the students and learners for their achievement and urged them to contribute with the knowledge they have acquired over the years.

                                                                                                (Siizo Kikhi, IA)


            The Kohima District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) discussed on  Novel Coronavirus COVID-19  in its monthly meeting at DPDB’s Conference Hall on 15th February 2020. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Commissioner and Vice Chairman DPDB Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie NCS. The meeting was also attended by Director of Horticulture, Dr. Elithung Lotha and Director of Soil and Water Conservation, Viliehu Nguzhü.

            In the meeting, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Kohima, Dr. Hoito presented on the status of COVID-19 in Nagaland. In his presentation, he informed that a total number of 75 passengers were screened till 13th February 2020 where 15 persons were under Home Isolation as per the status of Nagaland State for COVID -19. He pointed out on the importance to create community awareness on basic protective measures against COVID-19 such as frequent hand washing, respiratory hygiene, maintain social distancing, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, seek medical care if symptoms are seen, avoid consumption of raw or uncooked animal products and follow travel advice for international travel.

            In Kohima district, the Surveillance was started from 28th January 2020 where 22 number of passengers were under surveillance till 14th February 2020 and seven (7) persons were under Home Isolation. Daily follow up of the health status of all passengers under observation for 28 days starting from date of arrival is being carried out. He informed that during observation if any symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty in breathing develops they will be referred to District hospital. The Medical Officers at District Hospital will examine and depending on the criteria set by WHO guidelines sample collection, isolation etc will be carried out.

            Dr. Hoito also requested the DPDB members to create awareness on giving information of any persons with travel history to China or affected countries from 15th January 2020 to self declare or report to the numbers provided : State level Helpline – 7005415243, 9856071745 and 7005539653 and for Kohima district Helpline – 8837093602 and 7005464959.

            On the agenda for registration of new society namely, Commission for Education Diocese of Kohima Society and Agricultural Engineering Institute, the Board decided to recommend the matter to the Government basing on the report given by the concerned Committee and the presentation given by the societies.

            In the meeting, Director Horticulture, Dr. Elithung Lotha also shared about his experiences in DPDB activities during his posting in various districts and encouraged the members to actively participate and contribute constructive inputs in the DPDB activities for the development of the district. He also enlightened the members on his Departmental activities under the State Development Programme and Centrally Sponsored Programme and the activities carried out at the State Horticulture Nursery (SHN).

            The meeting also took up the agenda for approval of constitution of verification teams for LADP Fund, Society and opening of new schools, up-gradation and grand-in-aid, where the Board decided to approve it for further necessary action.

            District Horticulture Officer, Kohima also gave a PowerPoint presentation on his Departmental activities during the meeting. The DPDB members led by Vice Chairman DPDB observed a minute of silence in honor of its member Lt. Dr. Laso Lazor who passed away on 14th Feb 2020. PHED department was entrusted to present its departmental activities in the next DPDB meeting.

                                                                                                (DPRO, Kohima)


            The Kohima District Task Force on COVID-19 was formed with Deputy Commissioner Kohima as the Chairperson and members included Chief Medical Officer, Superintendent of Police, Medical Superintendent, Chief Veterinary Officer, District Surveillance Officer, District Epidemologist, Senior Medical Officer, Medical Officer and Co-opted members.

            The DTF held its first meeting at DPDB’s Conference Hall, Kohima on 15th February 2020 under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie NCS. The members discussed on the current status and level of preparedness and the activities carried out so far in regard to the COVID-19 in the district.

            Discussing on the difficulties faced by the Medical personnel in perusing the people who had recently visited the affected countries, the DTF stressed on the importance to self declare of having travelled to the affected Countries by giving information as per the Self Declaration Form provided by the Medical Department. The members also dwelled on the importance to create awareness on the issue at various platforms and to sensitise the fellow citizens to cooperate with the Medical Department and to come forward with the Self Declaration Form or report to the authority for preventive measures.

            The DTF also decided to appeal the public to share any information of any persons with travel history to China or affected countries from 15th January 2020 to self declare or report to the numbers provided: Helpline – 8837093602 and 7005464959, which has been activated to maintain the Surveillance Data Base.

            Meanwhile the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Kohima, Dr. Hoito also informed the members that all levels of Health workers of the district will be activated with necessary information in this regard.

                                                                                                (DPRO, Kohima)


            The District Planning and Development Board meeting was held at DC’s Conference Hall Tuensang on 17th February 2020. The meeting was chaired by Toshi Wungtung Chairman DP&DB & Advisor for IPR, SCERT and VG Government of Nagaland and the meeting was also attended Muthingnyuba Sangtam MLA.

            The discussion on the deplorable condition of NH-202 dominated the session where the members were of the views that the most important road not only connects to other states like Assam and Manipur, which is also a volatile state in law and order situation, but also one of the most important roads for security and international relations concern which connects to Myanmar. The house resolved to appeal to the DCs of Kiphire, Longleng and Mokochung to address a joint concern so that it can be reported to higher authorities.

            The Chairman appealed to the Departments to write on the basic necessity amenities which are of urgent issues so that the Legislatures on a visit to meet NITI Aayog will address for the priority. The House also resolved to reiterate the list of grievances that has been submitted to Multi Disciplinary Committee, Government of India to expedite to take and implementation of the grievances list of the four districts of Eastern part of Nagaland.

            The House also discussed on waste management issues where DC Tuensang appealed to the HODs of the district to initiate first in the respective office level so that the general public can be asked to follow suite. On waste management issue arrival of the plastic shredding Machine was informed  by DC Tuensang, so that the awareness campaign to segregate the waste from respective house level is the most important awareness activity.

            On the agenda of Digitalization of X-Ray machine at PHC Longpang, CMO Tuensang addressed the house on the urgent need of the CD Scan Machine and Digital X-Ray machine District Hospital Tuensang.

            Regarding the proposal of Kihoto Theological College for the Grand-In-Aid Scheme 2019-20 under Directorate of Higher Education, Nagaland the house discussed and decided to forward for the Government’s approval.

            A powerpoint presentation on of NACC accreditation was presented by the Sao Chang Government College where highlighting on the accreditation activities and monetary issues involved. The College also appealed to the District Offices to contribute in every ways possible to make the dream of the only college of Tuensang District to be accredited under NAAC.

                                                                                                (DPRO and Thungti, IA Tuensang)


            With an aim to sanitize and for the welfare of the citizens, a common wash room was inaugurated at Zunheboto on 17th February 2020 by the Deputy Commissioner Zunheboto Peter Lichamo in the presence of heads of departments, NGOs, public leaders and well wishers.

            Common washroom, constructed by PHED under the active supervision of the Deputy Commissioner is located adjacent to EE PHED office premises.

                                                                                                (DPRO Zunheboto)



            Sub-Divisional Officer (C) & Administrator (IC) Mon Town Council, Chumlamo Humtsoe in an circular informed that, as a part of ‘Plastic free sensitization campaign 2020’ all the schools under Mon town have been requested to take part in painting competition to be on 24th February 2020 at Council hall, Mon at 1:00 PM. Therefore, all the schools have been requested to participate positively by sending 2 (Two) students each of class IX and below for painting Competition, he added.

            In an another circular, Sub-Divisional Officer (C) & Administrator (IC) Mon Town Council Chumlamo Humtsoe inform that,  as part of the ‘Plastic free sensitization campaign 2020’ all schools have been requested to send 10 (ten) students each to the local ground, Mon town on the 21st of February at 6:30 AM to take part in the  campaign.

                                                                                                (K.K. Chim, IA Mon)


            The Officers’ Club Pfutsero in collaboration with SDPO Pfutsero and HRF Pfutsero organized 2 days farmers training programme on horticulture crops on 13 and 14 February 2020.

            The training was conducted under MIDH 2019-20 programme of the Horticulture Department.

            ADC Pfutsero, Phuleshe K. Yepthomi speaking at the inaugural programme, said that the programme was conducted with an aim to train the wives of the police personnel in horticulture crops cultivation to increase their family income. He exhorted the participants to become self sufficient in their daily domestic requirements.

            Dr. Rinku, Chief Technical Officer, KVK Porba spoke on various cultivation technique of vegetables like onion, cabbage, tomato and Naga chillies and fruits like kiwi, persimmon and strawberry.

            Dr. Imtionen, SDAO spoke on the uses of bio fertilizers and bio agents. He also demonstrated on the use of trigo cards and trichoderma. He said that these bio materials were readily available at Medziphema.

            Senti Longchar, Horticulture Officer, HRF gave demonstration on the cultivation techniques of oyster mushroom and its health benefits.

            According to the chairperson Khuzah, SDPO Pfutsero, about 100 trainees attended the programme and he thanked the club members and the Horticulture Department for conducting such programmes for the welfare of the police families.

            Free seeds were distributed along with trichoderma species to the participants contributed by SDAO, Pfutsero. The organizers also assured the trainees to provide them with mushroom spawns during the right season for their cultivation and domestic consumption.

                                                                                                (Avika Awomi, IA Pfutsero)


            The 6th season of the Morning Premier League (MPL), this year called LirunaS Morning Premier League 2020 kicked off today on 17th February 2020 at D- Khel ground, Seikhazou. Altogether 10 teams- Morning FC, Mustang FC, All Blacks, Morung United FC, Gethemgo FC, Gazelle FC, Vanguard Old Boys, Kohima Raiders, Merhulietsa FC and Unity FC will be vying for the championship this season. MPL is organized and managed by the Morning Football Association (MFA), affiliated to Kohima District Sports Council. This year the league is being sponsored by LirunaS and co-sponsored by Disong Enterprise and Blackberrys, with the Morung Express as print media partner.

            In the season opener, All Blacks started their season on a high note beating the defending champions Mustang FC by a solitary goal by Weku Lohe (Jersey No. 73).

            Earlier, a short opening ceremony was held before the kick off of the match. In his opening remark, the chairperson of the program Moamar Imsong expressed his gratitude to all the sponsors for their kind and generous support and that their sponsorship offered great encouragement to MFA and MPL in their endeavor and will contribute immensely towards their vision and goal which is to promote health and friendship through this football league.

            Speaking on the occasion, the special guest of the program Bendangsunep Longchar, Youth Evangelist, KABA commended the players and teams for their passion and love for football. He also exhorted the players to instill discipline in their game and play for the glory of God. Apong Longchar, President of MFA then administered the MPL Oath to the captains of the 10 teams. The program concluded with a prayer by Deo Huprem, President of Kohima Baptist Youth Fellowship.

            A group photo session was held between the players and officials of the match after which Bendangsunep Lonchar kicked off the match ball and declared the start of LirunaS Morning Premier League 2020.



            As part of the Nagaland Blind Football Demo/Training camp a thrilling Blind Football  Demo match was played between Meghalaya verses Tura team on 16th February 2020 at Don Bosco higher Secondary school Dimapur.

            Gracing the closing programme as special guest, Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Anoop Kinchi IAS, reminded about the Rights of person with disability Act, where every child ought to live a normal life. Society as a whole should work together to remove the barriers of the differently abled people to make them live a normal life, he maintained. Also mentioning that sports promotes both mental and physical growth, Kinchi was optimistic that Nagaland players would definitely find a place in the Indian team stating that Nagaland team displayed wonderful show with just 2 days of training. Kinchi also gave away the prizes and certificates to the winning teams and the participants.

            Sports Director, Indian Blind Football Federation, Sunil J. Mathew observed that such programmes would pave way for the visually impaired to come out and participate in sports. There is talent and naturally football is in the air in Nagaland, he commented.

            Earlier, the special guest kick off the inaugural Blind Football Demo game. Vote of thanks was proposed by K. Ela, Prodigals Home.

                                                                                                (DPRO Dimapur)


            The Directorate of Youth Resources & Sports has informed that the selection test for admission into State Sports Academy, Dimapur in the following disciplines will be held accordingly as mentioned below:

Sl. No. Disciplines Venue Date Time
  Sepaktaktraw (Girls) GHSS Ground, Dimapur 27th & 28th/02/2020 10:00a.m.
  Athletics (Girls) GHSS Ground, Dimapur 27th & 28th/02/2020 10:00a.m.
  Boxing (Boys & Girls) State Sports Stadium, near DC Court Dimapur 27th & 28th/02/2020 10:00a.m.
  Football (Boys) State Sports Stadium, near DC Court Dimapur 27th & 28th/02/2020 10:00a.m.

            Admission will be considered under the age group of 14 years for Athletics, Boxing and Sepaktaktraw and for Football under the age group of 14 years and 17 years as on 1st February 2020.

            The prescribed application forms can be obtained from the State Sports Academy, Dimapur during Office hour and Kiran Sports, Dimapur. The application along with attested copy of Birth Certificate for proof of age, entry fee of Rs.100/-, Aadhaar card and 2 (two) copies of latest passport size photo should reach the Directorate of Youth Resources & Sports Office on or before the mention dates.