Naga News


DIPR, Kohima

Wednesday October 31st, 2018


            As part of Golden Jubilee celebration (1968-2018) the Department of Social Welfare organised a programme on 31st October 2018 at Capital Convention Centre, Kohima under the theme “Uplift”.

            Advisor Social Welfare and Home Guards & Civil Defence, Noke Wangnao, who was the Guest of Honor of the Jubilee celebration expressed said that the last 50 years has seen rapid expansion of the Department which entails bigger responsibilities to every officers for rendering better services to the people of the State. He urged the officers to attend to those needs as people in our State have high expectations from the department.

            He further pointed that discipline and hard work is the foremost quality to succeed in bringing all-round development and progress in the Department, for which he congratulated the officers of the Department: present & the past and all the staff whose dedication has contributed in enriching the Welfare of the people of Nagaland.

            Directorate, Social Welfare, T. Merangtsungba Aier in his brief speech said that the Department of Social Welfare has a glorious record of services rendered to the people in delivering welfare services to the down trodden and the needy.

            He said that looking back to 1968, during its inception, there was only four officers and handful of staff, but today the Department has seen a huge progress with more than 150 officers and thousands staff. He added that the Department has made many remarkable achievement over the last 50 years by reaching out service delivery to more than 3.36 lakh ICDS beneficiaries in all the 3980 angawadi centres, pensions are being provided to 57,400 senior citizens, 4464 widows, 3276 disabled persons, 1625 blind persons, scholarship to 208 physically challenged students and more than 50 NGOs are given Grant-in-Aid.

            First Social Welfare Director, A.Y. Odyuo said he was appointed to study, plan and organise the formation of the Social Welfare Department a year before the establishment of the Department in 1968. And after the formation the staff shifted from Education Directorate to their own office building. The Department covered every nook and corner of the state very fast because of the understanding political leaders who served the Department.

            Retd. Director, Khevito Shohe mentioned that he chose the Profession as a social worker against the wishes of his parents, he however expressed satisfaction to have worked in a Department which provides services to the people similar to the theologians: upliftment of the poor, elderly, differently-abled and children. It was the right department for me and it also be your right department, let us be more dedicated in our works, he said.

            Being the first officer to be posted in Tuensang, Retd Director, Nochet Aier narrated on how he worked without any other staff. He added that no matter how troublesome the job is in the Department, “you long to work even after retirement, therefore give your best and enjoy your work while you are in service.”

            Quoting Mahatma Gandhi’s words, Secretary, Social Welfare, Sarah R. Ritse said true measure of any society can be found in how it  treats its most vulnerable members, the Department must realise that the programs it carries out is much more than the government duty, the humanitarian work involved has a far reaching effect. She reminded the staff that what once worked decades back may not be effective today and advocated for improvement of the Department.

            The programme was compered by Susan Angami & Neingulie Nakhro. Bible reading & invocation was delivered by Pastor, KABA, Sentisashi Aier. Welcome address was delivered by Joint Director, Social Welfare, Atoli Sema. Obituary references & prelude was given by Director Social Welfare, T. Merangtsungba Aier. A word of appreciation was presented by Addl. Director & Convenor, Jubilee planning committee, Tulula Pongen .Other highlights of the programme includes special number by Nagaland Chamber Choir, Dreams Unlimited & Cherry Blossom School, Kohima. Thanksgiving Prayer was delivered by Mission Director, NCRC, NEI, Rev. Neivotso Neikha. Earlier a Jubilee Souvenir was released by Advisor, Social Welfare & Home Guards & Civil Defence, Noke Wangnao.

                                                                                                (Atuzo & Tovikali IA)


            The Governor of Nagaland, P.B. Acharya has extended festival greetings to the Kuki community on the occasion of Kut. Describing the festival as a happy occasion for the community whose stock of food is plentiful after a year of tremendous hard labour, the Governor reminded all to thank the Almighty for his for His unwavering love and blessing.

            He added the festival should be a source for building unity and called on all to come together and make the atmosphere conducive in towns and villages for peaceful co-existence and all round development in the State. The Governor also opined that Kut should provide opportunities for budding generations and other villagers to display their skills and physical strength. He also encouraged the Kukis to safeguard and promote their rich culture and traditions through the festival.

            May the festival of Kut bring peace, unity and prosperity to the community the Governor added.

                                                                                                            (PRO to Governor)


            A state level function was held on 31st October 2018 at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat with a combined observance of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas – National Unity day, the birth anniversary of a leader and a freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhai Patel together with Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas – Nationa Re- dedication day in commemoration of the death anniversary of Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi.

            Undertaking of respective pledges of National Unity Day as well as National Re-Dedication day marked the solemn occasion. The function was chaired by the Secretary of Home Department, Rovilato Mor IAS.

                                                                                    (Information cell Secretariat)


            A Unity Run was organized by the Department of Youth Resources and Sports in Kohima to commemorate the “Rashtriya Ekta Niwas” (National Unity Day) on 31st October 2018. The Unity Run began from High School junction, Kohima and finished at Khouchiezie (Kohima Local Ground) covering a distance of around 3 kms.

            Earlier, the Unity Run was flagged off from High School Junction Kohima by T. John Longkumer, IPS DGP, Nagaland.

            The Unity Run concluded at Khouchiezie, Kohima Local Ground where Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Rajesh Soundararajan, IAS reminded that the programme was not only about the run but more importantly for fostering a sense of unity and integrity among the people. The concluding programme ended with all the participants as well as the organizers taking the “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas” (National Unity Day) Pledge.

            All together around 300 people participated in the Unity Run which included school students, staff of Deputy Commissioner office, Police officers and Security personnel. Kevide Kikhu and Reena Rai from the boys and girls category respectively were the fastest to complete the run.

            Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) was introduced by the Government of India and inaugurated by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in 2014. The intent is to pay tribute to Vallabhbhai Patel, who was instrumental in keeping India united. It is to be celebrated on 31st October every year as annual commemoration of the birthday of the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding leaders of Republic of India.

                                                                                    (Morotsung Longchar, IA Kohima)


            Advisor, Water Resources Department, Namri Nchang graced the Chega Gadi Lamsimngi Mini Hornbill cum Naga King Chilly eating festival which began from 29th September culminated at DC complex, New District Headquarter, Peren on 31st October 2018.

            In his valedictory speech, Namri thanked the Organising Committee led by DC Peren, Heads of Offices under Peren District and all the tribal leaders for their initiative and cooperation that led to the grand success of the program.

            Tourism Officer Peren, Kelhouse-ü delivered the welcome address while DC Peren, S. Tainiu pronounced the vote of thanks. The highlights of the program included cultural extravaganza by Jalukie B cultural troupe and winner of Peren Voice Impact 2016, Keyipeisile Herie presented a special song.

                                                                                                (DPRO & IA Peren)


            Mega Legal Services camp, organised under the auspices Nagaland State Legal Services Authority & Kiphire District Legal Services Authority in collaboration with Government Departments, stakeholders & NGOs, was held in aspirational Kiphire district at Local ground, Kiphire Town on 31st October 2018 with Neiko Kanuo NJS, Registrar, Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench as special guest.

            In his speech, he mentioned that the main objective of the camp is to educate and to let the people know their own rights and benefits. He said that we have the right to report or approach the legal services if anything happens. He also mentioned about the Lok Adalat and informed that every district has already established the panel Law office in their own respective districts to give advice and help out the people in times of their need.

            Short speeches were delivered by ADC Kiphire, Reny Wilfred, IAS and Setsathong, Project Director, DRDA. ADC, Reny Wilfred, IAS, thanked the legal services for letting the people understand their rights and entitlement. He opined that through this camp changes will come in the district. Welcome address was delivered by Nokshei Kano NJS, CJM & Secretary KDLSA, key note address by Mezivolu T. Therieh NJS, member Secretary, NSLSA. Folk song was presented by Baptist Youth Endeavour Kiphire Town Baptist Lithro and vote of thanks by Limasenla Project Coordinator, NSLSA. The programme was chaired by Sentila Aier Asst. Public Prosecutor Kiphire. 3200 persons registered for the programme.

                                                                                                (Wangshikokla, IA Kiphire)


            The Kohima District Planning and Development Board is holding its Day Out cum Pre-Christmas as year-end programme on 14th November 2018 (Wednesday) at Tora Kezocha, under Kohima district.

            In this connection, the members have been requested to avoid making any other programme coinciding with this date and reach the spot on time, the programme shall commence from 11 am.

                                                                                                (DPRO, Kohima)


            The inaugural function of the 24th Classic Club Cup will be held on 2nd November 2018 at 2: 00 pm at Khuochiezie (Local Ground) Kohima. MLA and Former Speaker, Chotisuh Sazo will be addressing the function.

                                                                                                (Akamla IA Kohima)


            As part of the Mini Hornbill festival Peren voice Impact season V was held at DC complex New Headquarter Peren on 30th October with Neikiesalie (Nicky) Kire as special  guest. After the final round, Wikedon from Tening was announced as the Winner of the Peren Voice Impact Season V. Other highlight included special appearance by Ipungchule Ndang, runners up Peren Voice Impact Season IV and Albert N. Hau.

                                                                                                (DPRO & IA Peren)


            The University Grants Commission (UGC) conferred of St Joseph’s College Jakhama, NAAC Re-Accredited with Grade A (CGPA 3.12) an Autonomous Status.

            On the basis of the report of the UGC Expert Committee, the Standing Committee in its meeting held on 20.09.2018 decided to grant autonomous status to St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama, P.B. No 3, Kohima- 797001, Nagaland affiliated to Nagaland University for a period of ten years w.e.f. 2018- 2019 to 2027- 2028 under the UGC Scheme for Autonomous Colleges.

            According notification issued by Joint Secretary of UGC, Dr Surender Singh vide No.F.22-1/ 2017 (AC) dated 11th October, 2018 directed Registrar, Nagaland University to issue necessary notification/ order regarding the grant of autonomous status to the college as per UGC (Conferment of Autonomous Status Upon Colleges and Measures for Maintenance of Standards in Autonomous Colleges) Regulations, 2018 for Autonomous Colleges. The college, if eligible, shall apply for autonomy grant as per the norms laid down in the Regulations.

            The autonomous college is required to abide by all the provisions of the UGC Regulations for Autonomous Colleges. The Regulations are available on the UGC website, The college shall apply in the prescribed format to University Grants Commission for extension of autonomous status six month to the expiry of the autonomous cycle.

                                                                                                (Kiso, IA Tening)