Naga News

NAGA NEWS, 29th JANUARY 2020

DIPR, Kohima

Wednesday 29th January 2020

 

RESTRICTION OF VEHICLES MOVEMENT FROM CHATHE RIVER BRIDGE TO NEW CHUMUKEDIMA

            In continuation of the earlier circulations, the total restriction of all movement from Chathe River Bridge (Patkai Bridge) to New Chumukedima (Pakala Pahar Bridge) has been extended from 10:30 P.M to 5:00 AM (the next day) wef 22nd January, 2020 to 21st February, 2020.

            In addition to the above, all movement will also be restricted from 3:00 to 3:30 PM and also 4:30 to 5:00 PM to facilitate the use of explosive.

            The Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur, Anoop Khinchi IAS has informed that the vehicle movement restriction is regretted, however, to avoid loss of life, properties and other injuries the restriction has been imposed as a preventive measure and further sought the co-operation of everyone.

            Alternative route from Dimapur-Kohima, Kohima-Dimapur for light vehicles only is available via 7th Mile – New D.C Court Office – Shokhuvi – Razaphe – Mhaikam – Pimla – Mhainamtsi – Jhornapani/Medziphema and vice versa.

                                                                                                (DPRO, Kohima)

 

WORKSHOP ON ACCOUNTS AND AUDITING AT WRD

            A workshop on Accounts and Auditing was held at Water Resource department, Kohima on 29th January 2020. Chief Engineer, Water Resources Department, Tsuktinungsang in his introduction speech mentioned that in order to get acquainted with the new chapters of accounting the department need to get trained and in tune with the norms and direction of the Government of India so as to deliver clarity and transparency from the department.

            Lamenting on the outdated system of accounting, he mentioned that the department was facing a number of problem in the accounts section as the earlier system of maintaining ‘Civil System of Accounts’ was not compatible to their field of activities and bills couldn’t be provided in real time so it gets clashed with the billing system. Eventually the department progressed and in time ‘Performa bill’ were suggested for better performing of the audit system and with the PIFMS mode in action the department excluded the civil system of billings to process in a systematic way to deal with the new projects, He added.

            He also encouraged all the trainees to share their opinion and views as well as clarify their doubts and deliberate on how to smoothen the process of Accounting.

            Later in the programme, Resource person Sr. Audit Officer, Haridasan T.K gave a detailed slide on Accounts and Auditing and Performa Bill System.

                                                                                                (Siizo Kikhi IA)

NDAL PORTAL FOR UPLOADING ARMS LICENSE & ISSUE OF UIN EXTENDED

            The National Database for Arms License (NDAL), Portal for uploading the details of Arms License and issue of Unique Identification Number (UIN) to the Licensees has been extended till 29th June 2020.

            In this connection, the Deputy Commissioner Kohima has notified to all Arms License holders who have not uploaded their details earlier to produce their license and furnish required particulars in prescribed format to the office of Deputy Commissioner Kohima alongwith a photocopy of the Arms License, one (1) ID proof and 1(one) recent passport size photo of the License holder latest by 19th June 2020. Forms can be collected from the office of the Deputy Commissioner Kohima, ADC Tseminyu, ADC Chiephobozou, SDO Jakhama, SDO Sechü-Zubza & EAC Kezocha. However, the filled up forms alongwith other documents as mentioned above should only be submitted at the office of Deputy Commissioner Kohima.

            Arms License without UIN will become invalid after 29th June 2020. All License holders who have already uploaded and got the Unique Identification Number (UIN) need not upload again.

                                                                                                (DPRO, Kohima)

TEACHERS TRAINING INAUGURATED AT PEREN

            An inaugural programme of the five day-block level Teachers Training under National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) was organised by DMA-Samagra Shiksha, Peren on 28th January 2020 at All Saints Auditorium Hall, Old Peren.

            Senior Academic officer SCERT Kohima, Lima Longkumer in his keynote address stated that NISHTHA is a capacity building programme for teachers and school heads at elementary levels which aims to train 42 lakh teachers all over the country. He also said that teachers will be oriented to develop their skills on various aspects related to all learning outcome, competency based learning and testing, learner-centred pedagogy, school safety and security.

            The programme was chaired by Assistant District Coordinator, DMA-Samagra Shikhsha Peren, Paulamle Sephe, while welcome address was said by SDEO Peren, Atula Imsong.

                                                                                                (DPRO Peren)

SPECIAL FINANCIAL INCLUSION MELA HELD AT MON

            Block Mission Management Unit, Mon under the aegis of Nagaland State Rural Livelihood Mission, Department of Rural Development organised ‘Special Financial Inclusion Mela’ at Konyak Union hall on 29th January 2020.

            Speaking on the occasion as special guest, SDO (C) Mon, Chumlamo Humtsoe stated that, in Nagaland, women are more empowered where most of the economic activity are carried out by women and more over women are taking an important role in decision making too. Lamenting that Nagas are bad in saving money, he encouraged the people to know the value of money. He advised the gathering to avail whatever facilities are available under different schemes.  The district administration are ready to help every spheres and also requested to share the schemes to friends and neighbours.

            PO/DPM DRDA Mon, M.Temjen Longchar  said women empowerment is necessary for upliftment of socio-economic status in the district and with the coming of  Nagaland State Rural Livelihood Mission (NSRLM), which is seven years now, has lots of  impact and  very fruitful in the district. He also spoke on some of the objective of NSRLM like Social Mobilization, Capacity Building, Financial inclusion and Livelihood. He expressed hope that together we can change the economic scenario of Mon district in the near future.

            Manager, India Post Payments Bank, Mon, Nagaland, Sumit Banerjee spoke on IPPB where it be will be reaching the doorstep of every village. He elaborated on how to open the IPPB account and also share on the insurance facilities available in Postal department.

            DPO, Social Welfare Department, Mon Khuppao Hengnya spoke on ‘Declamation of social welfare schemes’. He shared on the schemes under social welfare like IGNOAPS, IGNWPS, Disabled Pension Schemes, ICDS, PMMVK and Poshan Abhiyaan.

            Assistant Labour Commissioner, Mon, Visa Khunuo Ndang spoke on Prandhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan (YMSYM).  She said that  PMSYM scheme is providing a fixed pension of Rs.3000 after attaining the age of 60 years on a monthly contribution of a small amount during their working age. She informed that any unrecognized workers within the age group of 18-40 years can join the scheme and asked the workers to visit Community Service Centre along with Aadhaar Card and savings bank account for registration.

            Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Mon, Dr. Limatula spoke on Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY). She said Ayushman Bharat which is a Healthcare programme would provide cashless and paperless access to service for the beneficiaries at the point of service and helps to reduce catastrophic expenditure for hospitalization. She called upon the beneficiaries to enroll their names in order to avail the schemes. AB-PMJAY scheme it aims to provide coverage of INR five lakh per family annually, benefiting poor families for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation through a network of empanelled healthcare provider, she added.

            Earlier, the key note address was spoken by BDO cum BMM, RD Block, Mon. Special presentations were performed by Village Level Organization Wangla Vilage. The programme was attended by SHG, VDB and government officials.

            280 Self Help Groups from 19 villages under Mon block has been registered.

                                                                                                (K.K. Chim, IA Mon)

ENCSU CONFERENCE CUM SPORTS MEET KICKS OFF IN LONGLENG

            The inaugural program of the 2nd General Conference cum 1st Sports meet of the Eastern Nagaland College Students’ Union was held with S. Pangnyu Phom, Minister of Health & Family Welfare and ENLU Chairman as the Special Guest at Longleng on 28th January 2020 under the theme “Ignite”.

            In his inaugural speech, the special guest appealed to the students’ community not to take advantage of the word ‘Backward Tribe’ while pursuing their career and asserted “a time has finally come for us to remove the backward tag and open a new chapter beginning from the conference.” Pangnyu advised the students not to recall the past history of discrimination by our advanced brothers in such occasion but to focus on the overall development and progress of the society with a commitment.

            He urged the ENCSU to be proactive and good implementers adding that the future of the student is determined by how we do in our college days. Maintaining that Government cannot provide job opportunity to all the educated youths, he encouraged the students to become good entrepreneurs for their future career and community development.

            Pangnyu also challenged the students to cultivate constructive criticisms with positive mindset for change and transformation of the Eastern Nagas and at the same time to preserve the rich culture and heritage of our forefathers in the fast changing world. He also lit the torch and declared open the 1st ever ENCSU Sports meet 2020.

            EAC, Ihoilung Chuilo spoke on behalf of the Deputy Commissioner of Longleng. In his speech Ihoilung asserted that in our race for development, modernity and education we have forgotten some of the most important basic traits such as traits of bravery to speak the truth, honesty, dedication and hard work inherited from our ancestors. Therefore, he urged the students to assimilate these basic traits of life for real progress because the students’ community is the future leaders of tomorrow and require these basic traits.

            Earlier, the President ENSF proposed short speech while the President ENCSU M. Longre Chang gave the presidential address. Welcome address was given by Vice Principal Yingli College, Dr. Henshet Phom.

            The highlights of the inaugural function were Special Presentation by Kohima unit, Special song by Shamator College, Folk Fusion by Wangkhao College, Mon, and Oath taking followed by match kick-off by the special guest.

                                                                                                (DPRO, Longleng)              

51st GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE LOTHA STUDENTS UNION CONCLUDES

            The 51st General conference of the Lotha Students Union came to a conclusion with its last session in the evening of 28th January 2020 at Merapani village (Merachü Yan). Mmhonlumo Kikon, Advisor IT, Science & Technology and NRE, government of Nagaland was the special guest.

            Lauding the Lotha Students’ Union led by its leaders, he stated that their steadfast stand to preserve, protect and safeguard the rights and interest of the Lothas as guardians of its future is commendable and called on them to use wisdom and be able to identify the philosophy and rationale behind positions and leadership assumed by individuals or groups that involves policies and interests of the people and its impact on the society at the present time and the future.

            Stressing that unity of purpose for a common cause is the stepping stone to achieve what they aspire, he exhorted them to promote unity without geographical definitions and division among them as a people to shape a better future as their birth right.

            Stating that students are the leaders in the making, without knowing the historical and issue based realities one cannot be an effective leader of any society; he therefore, encouraged them to keep in touch with the ground realities and play constructive roles in making collective decisions through participatory discussions for the benefit of the people.

            He also observed that while social media can be used to communicate informative messages and to articulate ideas, knowledge and policies to the masses, productive time of the young students should not be wasted by too much indulgence in social media activities that do not help in building their life but may prove to be destructive in the long run.

            Observing that young people who bear sense of responsibility and feels burdened in life have better chances to excel in studies and achieve set goals, he reminded that success will not be possible without hard work at the right time and encouraged them to pursue their dreams with persistence and determination.

            Niranjan Sonowal President, All Assam Students’ Union Golaghat unit, while delivering greeting speech said that the students have a special and responsible part to play in maintaining friendship and in promoting peace and security for all concerned.

            In the programme Rev. C. Ellis Odyuo said prayer of blessings for the students.

                                                                                                (APRO & IA Bhandari)

CONSULTATIVE MEETING WITH MLAs AND MPs

            Sharingain Longkumer, Speaker-in-Charge, Nagaland Legislative Assembly and Chairman of the Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on Naga Political Issue has convened a Consultative Meeting with the Members of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly and the Members of both the Houses of Parliament from Nagaland on Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at the Conference Hall of the Assembly Secretariat.

            Therefore, all the Members of the Joint Legislators’ Forum on Naga Political Issue have been requested to attend the meeting as scheduled.

                                                                                                (DIPR)

COORDINATION MEETING HELD AT PFUTSERO

            ADC Pfutsero, Phuleshe K. Yepthomi, NCS held a coordination meeting with the heads of offices under Pfutsero Sub-Division at the ADC conference hall on 28th January 2020.

            The ADC called upon all to maintain strict attendance and asked the officials to come up with plans and programmes in the next meeting for the development and welfare of the public.

                                                                                                (APRO Pfutsero)

PHEK AREA WRESTLING TOURNAMENT UNDERWAY

            The Phek Area Wrestling Association 26th Wrestling Tournament (1st Under 16) under the motto “Roma Krato” (We shall earn the honour ) hosted by Phek Village Baptist Church is underway at Local Ground Phek Town from 29th-30th January 2020 with Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu, MLA  as the Inaugural Guest and  Kezhienyi Khalo, MLA  as the Guest of Honour.

            The inaugural programme was led by Shekhohu Chizo, Vice President PAWA.      Oath was administered by Surhoneyi Soho, Technical Secretary PAWA.

            In his speech, Nienu, MLA said that like giving importance in Naga Style Wrestling, we need to emphasize even in other sports also so that we participate in the world events. He recalled that Chakhesang are going through a crucial stage where one need to think twice in order to catch up with the rest of the people. Games and Sports are equally important however the Naga Style wrestling is the most important for the Nagas for which he called upon the people to take part and help it grow.

                                                                                                (DPRO Phek)

IMPACT OF TRADITIONAL SHIFTING CULTIVATION IN NAGALAND

(A DIPR feature by Tovikali, IA)

            Under the NAFCC (National Adaptation Fund on Climate Change) a project called “Gene pool conversation of indigenous rice varieties under traditional integrated rotational farming system (Jhum optimization) for promoting livelihood and food security as climate change adaptation strategy in Nagaland” is being implemented in five districts.

BACKGROUND

            The activities under this scheme are being implemented in a project on a convergence manner. An assessment of climate change dynamics related to agriculture suggests that three key features characterizes a climate- smart landscape: climate-smart practices at the field and farm scale; diversity of land user across the landscape to provide resilience; and management of land use interaction at landscape to achieve socio-economic and ecological impacts. Therefore, for agricultural systems to achieve climate-smart objectives including, improved food security, rural livelihoods and climate change adaptation and mitigation, it is imperative to take up an integrated landscape management approach. The departments envisage taking up this challenges in its vision 2030 by outsourcing the role of soil and water conservation measures in climate smart highland agriculture in collaboration with agriculture and allied departments under the ageis of National Adaptation Fund in Climate Change (NAFFC)

INTERVENTIONS

            The work components in soil and water conservation interventions in this project are: contour bunding, contour trenching, loose boulder check dams, land levelling and bench terraces, plantation of area specific tree species, application of manure (FYM and green leaf), vermi composting, Jhum sanitation: construction of toilets in jhum areas, agro-forestry: regeneration of forest in fallow lands, farm ponds and water harvesting structures.

IMPACT

            Changing cropping pattern, erratic rainfall, raising temperature, natural calamities, remoteness, lack of health care facilities, lack of awareness, low income, difficulties in communication & transportation and undulant topography are the major constraints and impacts faced by the local farming communities with regards to risks under climate change. Moreover for centuries many have considered jhum cultivation as a primitive and unsustainable cultivation causing irreparable damage to the soil health.

            With an aim to sustain cycle of rotations and in line with adaptation to climate change, jhum field has been converted into semi- permanent cultivation minimum upto three years through improvising and integrating soil and water conservation measures such as, gap filling of multi-purpose trees i.e. tree bean, application of vermi-compost for growing winter vegetable crops, facilitating water conservation and it’s judicious use, increase in cropping pattern, proper sanitation, checking of soil erosion and nutrient management.

BRIEF ECONOMICS

            Jhum cultivation is the highest employment sector in Nagaland. The amount of resources put in the field defeats the outcome in terms of economic returns, which is much, much lesser than the wages of the migrant labours. This lack of subsistence agriculture has led to mass migration of the farming community to the urban both in the state as well as outside the state, resulting to reduction of area of cultivation. There is need of dedicated policy and agency to rejuvenate this traditional cultivation both to retrieve and blend traditional indigenous knowledge with the modern technologies.

            With active involvement of the farming communities and implementing agencies, they are now equipped to adapt with the climate change as the vulnerability and risk has been drastically brought down to minimum. On-farm demonstration and capacity building help them to rely on themselves for livelihood and economic issues and also adapting to climate change on the grassroot level. All the crops are grown and maintained organically, which yield fresh and high-grade organic produce, the future good of the planet but till the organic certification is made, the ideal economic returns will be laughing.

KEY TAKEAWAY

  • Involving all the stakeholders for successful implementation of the project under the local governance of village council;
  • Educating through on field demonstration and capacity building;
  • Active participation of the farmers to harness their ideas and ready to improvise to new innovative technologies;
  • Collecting sufficient information and accordingly planning it through the GIS platforms;
  • Sustaining traditional rotational farming to a semi-permanent cultivation, minimum upto 3 years for cultivation, prolonging the cycles and addressing the climate change issues;
  • Improving the living standard & health sector, addressing the livelihood of the marginal farmers and also to overcome the vulnerabilities and risks of climate change;
  • Promoting Organic produce and marketing

(Source- Soil & Water Conservation, Land Resources and Agriculture Department)

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