Naga News


DIPR, Kohima

Friday 27th September 2019



            Nagaland will join the rest of the country in conducting a mass social work on 2nd October 2019 dubbed as the ‘Plastic Shramdan’. This cleanliness drive is aimed specifically on collection of plastic wastes as part of the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva-Cleanliness is Service’ mooted and launched by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi himself. The Shramdan is scheduled on 2nd October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi in recognition of the Mahatma’s concern for cleanliness.

            The nation wide Shramdan will be targeted towards collection of plastic wastes in all cities, towns and villages of the country including the highways and major roads. The plastic waste collected on the day will be segregated and sent to cement plants and road making agencies for recycling and other purposes.

            In Nagaland the campaign is being spearheaded by Urban Development Department in collaboration with other government departments including the army and para military forces. In the towns, the mass social work will be organized by the DCs, Administrative Officers and ULBs while in the villages campaign will be managed by the PHE and RD departments with the help of VDBs and Village councils. Along the highways and major roads Departments of National Highways and Roads and Bridges has been entrusted to collect the plastic wastes.

            Mass collection drives should be conducted in all residential premises, all offices (Central, State and Private), Education Institutions, religious places, parks, tourist spots, hotels and restaurants, stadiums and public grounds, market places, hospitals and clinics, Industrial areas, national and state highways, nullahs and streams etc.

            The collected plastic wastes are to be segregated into recyclable and non-recyclable cleaned, dried and stored in a sheltered collection points. From 3rd to 7th October 2019: transportation of the collected wastes ward/village collection points to the nearest ULB MRF and further segregation of plastic waste. From 8th to 10 October 2019: transportation of segregated plastic waste from ULB MRF to district MRF. From 11th to 27th October 2019: Baling and transportation of plastic waste from District MRF to the cement plant(s).

            Transportation of collected waste in rural areas will be managed by the Rural Development and PHED Departments and in urban areas by ULBs.

                                                                                                (Nongozo, APRO)


            The Chief Secretary, Nagaland, Temjen Toy has convened a meeting on 30th September, 2019 (Monday) at 12:00 PM at the Secretariat Conference Hall to discuss issues relating to “SWACHHATA HI SEVA”- “Cleanliness is Service”.

            All the Administrative Heads of Department (AHoDs) and Heads of Department (HoD) have been requested to attend the meeting.



            An Awareness Campaign for the Heads of Government offices, Head of the Educational Institutions, President LTW, Presidents of all wards, Chamber of Commerce, PPC, PSC, Phomla Hoichem and churches on Swachhata Hi Seva (Cleanliness is Service) was held on 27th September 2019 at DC’s conference hall, Longleng.

            In his Keynote address, D. Robin SDO (C) Incharge ADC & Administrator LTC asserted that Swachhata Hi Seva is not confined to the Administration, LTC or one particular agency but it’s a joint responsibility of all the citizens of India irrespective of caste, sex, religion, agencies, etc. He informed that PM Modi was awarded the Global Goalkeeper award for initiating the program by his Government and distribution of Segregation waste bins to the schools and churches and cash to all wards for construction of waste bins in their respective wards. The winner of the best ward will be awarded, he added.

             Robin asserted that Longleng is a small town yet it can be a model villag if all the stakeholders and responsible citizens work effectively.  He also appealed to the women folks to come up with innovative ideas with local production to replace the plastic bags.

             EAC Longleng HQ, Ihoilung Chuilo, Nodal Officer, Swachhata Hi Seva spoke on cleanliness is Service. He spoke on harmful chemical contains of plastic in the food, contamination of ground water by plastics, degradable age of various types of plastic and facts and figures of plastic waste in our country and its effect to the environment.

            Ihoilung also asserted that mankind has created a huge gap with our nature and it’s high time to protect our mother nature. Therefore, he appealed to the gathering to create maximum  awareness to the community and extend all cooperation & support to the administration and LTC to make the district a plastic free zone in the state.

            The program was chaired by Rohbi Sangtam, EAC HQ Longleng. The Administrator LTC also gave away cash to all the wards and distributed Segregation Waste bins to the Schools and educational institutions. Churches under Longleng will also get waste bins in the 2nd phase.

                                                                                                (DPRO, Longleng)


            As part of the awareness campaign on enforcement of total ban on single use plastic under Kohima Sadar w.e.f 01.10.2019, the SDO (C) Sadar, Kohima in collaboration with Kohima Village Youth Organisation, Chedema Village Youth Organisation and Chedema Model Village Youth Organisation conducted an awareness March early morning within their respective village jurisdictions on 27th September 2019.

            During the awareness march, the volunteers distributed pamphlets to the people within their villages in order to sensitize and create awareness in their respective villages.

            During the office hours, the youth organization of the respective villages conducted a flash mob by distributing pamphlets to the office goers and business community at Youth Resource Office and Secretariat Junction on the same day.

            The pamphlet reads “Say No To Single Use Plastic, Let’s all strive together to free the environment and our health from the numerous hazards caused by Plastic”.

            The pamphlet also reads “The Kohima District Level Task Force will be banning all single use plastic items w.e.f. 01/10/2019. Along with the rest of Kohima District, the total ban on single use plastic will also be strictly enforced within Kohima Sadar area. Appropriate action will be taken on defaulters as per the plastic ban purview.”

            “Be a part of solution, not a part of the pollution.” We all win when we get rid of single use Plastic items.

            Under this awareness programme, Installations of RO water purifiers at Council Hall of Kohima Village, Chedema Village and Chedema Model Village was also provided to the villages.

                                                                                                            (DPRO, Kohima)


            The Department of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with Social Welfare, Urban Development Department and Municipal Affairs organized a Walkathon-cum launching of the Integrated Community Sensitization cum Beneficiaries Identification System (BIS) drive from CMO Office till Tiyi Hall which was flagged off by Chief Medical Officer Wokha, Dr. Robin Lotha. Later a special programme, health screening and health check up was also conducted on 27th September 2019.

            SDO (C), Wokha Chonpenthung Ezung said Ayushman Bharat is one of the biggest Government Sponsored health schemes which covers hospital bills up to 5 lakh per family per year which gives free cashless health insurance to the families belonging to the urban and rural poor.

            He appealed to the Department of Health and Family Welfare and other line departments to organize seminars and awareness programmes and sensitize the public about the benefit of the schemes and urged them to avail the opportunity. Sr. Supervisor, ICDS Wokha, Erenbeni Kikon gave a presentation on health talk where she emphasized on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. She stated that cleanliness is one of the most important practices for a clean and healthy environment to live a healthy life. Dwelling on nutritional need and values Kikon said it is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle which can help to maintain a healthy body and reduce risk of diseases and promotion of overall health.

            Erenbeni also encouraged the parents not to miss any immunization as it help protect the child from getting an infectious disease and minimize the spreading of contagious diseases as well. During the function Disahi Vadeo was felicitated with the best performing PMAMs under Wokha district.

            Screening on Blood Sugar, Malaria, Anemia and others was also done. Besides, free health check-up, distributions of Information Education Communication (IEC) and ayushman bharat pamphlets were given to the participants.

                                                                                                (Zubenthung, IA, Wokha)


            Chairperson of NCPCR, Priyank Kanoogo addressed a press conference at Deputy Commissioner Officer Kiphire on 26th September 2019.

            Priyank Kanoogo said that the National Commission for Protection of Child Right is setting a benchmark in 115 aspirational districts all over the country to address complaints and several issues.  She said that 251 complaints were received with issues ranging from lacking of infrastructure and non availability of entitlement by the children which is directly affecting the parameter of being declared as aspirational district. She said that the problems and complaints etc will be addressed to with the help of participating departments. She further stated that they will issue a notice to the Director of Education and ICDS for speedy redressal of the issues in the district for the welfare and benefit for the children.

                                                                                                (DPRO Kiphire)


            A program on Swachhta Survekshan Gramen and Swachhta Hi Seva under the banner of single use plastics waste awareness and management was held at Women Conference Hall, Jalukie on 26th September 2019. The program was organized by DWSM, PHED Peren and WSSO, PHED Kohima.

            Addl. Deputy Commissioner Peren, Dr. Tinojungshi Change graced the occasion as the special guest where he expressed his support to ban plastic and encouraged the public to curb the usage of single use plastics as it is a great source of pollutants to the environment.

            He urged every citizen of the district to be free of plastic waste by 2nd October, which is the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

            Earlier, welcome address was given by SDO PHED Jalukie who also chaired the program. IEC Consultant Binsaniu Rentta highlighted on SSG and SHS. Village council members, WATSAN members and representatives from all four blocks Athibung, Peren, Jalukie and Tening attended the program.

                                                                                                (Shahlong, IA Peren)


            The District Level Coordination Committee Meeting on NTCP for the 2nd quarterly 2019-20 was held at DC conference hall on 26th September 2019.

            ADC Dimapur, who chaired the meeting, while highlighting the ill effects of tobacco, called for creating more awareness and sensitization of the citizens about the seriousness of tobacco related health issues. Thanking the education department for taking the initiative of sensitizing the students on ill effects of tobacco, ADC also called for a joint effort of all stakeholders.

            State Nodal Officer, NTCP, Dr. Tetso, briefing the gathering about the new initiative under NTCP, thanked all the stakeholders specially the school authorities for setting the example by declaring as tobacco free school. Reminding the ill effects of tobacco, Tetso, urged the young people to come forward and mobilize public support to convince the law makers for a stringent law on tobacco.

            During the meeting an Anti-Tobacco Campaign video by Mass Communication Department, Patkai Christian College was released and GHS, Nahabari and Viphuho Foundation High School, Purana Bazar, were awarded tobacco free school certificate.

                                                                                                (Watimenla, IA Dimapur)


            The Department of Social Welfare will be observing International Day of Older Persons on 1st October,2019 at 10 am, at Hotel Japfu, Kohima, under the theme “The Journey to Age Equality”. Advisor, Social Welfare, Home Guards & Civil Defence, Noke Wangnao will be the guest of honour.

            Highlights of the programme include speech on the theme by Director Social Welfare, T. Merangtsungba Aier and short speeches from the awardees. Keynote address and special song will be delivered by (Retd) IAS, President SCAN, Khekiye Sema and Senior Citizen Fellowship CBCK. There will also be a presentation of the awards to distinguished Senior Citizens.


                                                                                                (Tovikali, IA)


            The Ministry of Water resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR) is coordinating the implementation of National Hydrology Project (NHP) as a central Scheme with World Bank assistance. The Cabinet approved the implementation of National Hydrology Project (NHP) on 23rd June 2016. The Project is for a total duration of eight years. Altogether there are 49 Implementing Agencies covering the entire Nation, in which the Department of Water Resources is acting as the Implementing agency for the State of Nagaland. There is a State Project Management Unit (SPMU) headed by Principal Secretary, Water Resources Department, as the Project Coordinator and Chief Engineer, Water Resources Department, as the Nodal Officer. Currently, the project is in its 4th year since its inception from 2015-16. The total budget for the State of Nagaland is Rs. 22.54 Crore.

            The main objective of the project is to improve the extent, quality and accessibility of water resources information, and to strengthen the capacity of water resources management institutions in the whole of India. In order to achieve this, 47 numbers of locations have been identified throughout the State covering 11 Districts of Nagaland for installation of instruments for collection of Real Time Data of river basins and establishment of a Real Time Data Acquisition System (RTDAS). The instruments proposed to be installed are 6(Six) numbers of Automatic Weather Stations, 41(Forty One) numbers of Automatic Raingauge and 32(Thirty Two) numbers of Automatic Water Level Recorder.

            The Department under National Hydrology Project (NHP) has initiated the “Construction of State Data Centre (SDC) at Kohima” at an estimated cost of Rs. 86.45 Lakh (Rupees Eighty Six Lakh Forty Five Thousand) for the purpose of data entry, validation, analysis, retrieval and dissemination and “Construction of  Hydrology Project Convention Centre (HPCC) at Dimapur” at an estimated cost of Rs. 237.86 Lakh(Rupees Two Crore Thirty Seven Lakh Eighty Six Thousand) for facilitating  all National Hydrology Project (NHP) related Trainings/ Workshops/ Events.

            By the end of the project ie by 2024, the outcome expected is a shift towards integrated water resources management through open access to datas and building of a strong institutional capacity.



            The District Sports Officer Kiphire organised ‘Catch Them Young cum Selection Tournament’ in the discipline of football, boys & Girls and Athletics for both boys & Girls under 14 years of age at Kiphire public ground from 27th to 28th September 2019.

            As stated by the District Sports Officer Kiphire all the players should be born on or before 15th August 2005. Athletics events both for boys & Girls include 100 meter race. 200 meter race. Long Jump, High Jump, Football for both boys & Girls. DSO Kiphire Wutsutho stated that the young selected people will represent in the district level tournaments.

                                                                                                (DPRO Kiphire)