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LONGLEN, Aug 17: Comparing poor Naga families living in the rural area with the rest of the country Parliamentary Secretary for Land Resources Department, B.S. Nganland Phom said that Nagas may be poor in other needs but they are rich and blessed with their ancestor land, and called upon the farmers to utilize their God gifted land to boost their rural economy for self-sufficiency. He was addressing at the culmination programme of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana-Watershed Development Component (PMKSY-WDC) erstwhile Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) on 16th August 2017 at Auditorium, Yingli College, Longleng.
Nganlang also highlighted completion of DPO’s office building in all the 11 districts and enumerated various achievements and activities of the department during his tenure as Minister incharge. He informed the gathering that construction of new hospital for Longleng was approved by the Government and requested the district administration and the PPC to identify a suitable site for the hospital to commence the construction work at the earliest. Nganlang also released a book on the achievement of the project in Yongam and gave away the WDF Fund to the farmers.
Secretary LRD, Y. Kikheto Sema, IAS in his speech exhorted the famers that Nagas are blessed with rich fertile land and appealed to the farmers to develop their land which will sustain for generations if developed with efficiency under the supervision of the Department. He advised the farmers to adopt crops like cardamom, Rubber and coffee where markets are available to sell their products. Citing the motto of the LRD Department “Waste to Wealth” he informed that his department is trying to provide what is suitable for the land and best for the people. He also urged the gathering to adopt work culture with dedication for all round development.
Director LRD, Hoto Yeptho in his speech inform the farmers that WDF fund is not for distribution among the farmers but to invest in income generating purpose in the form of loan to farmers at minimum interest rate to maintain the existing projects functioning. He inform that coffee plantation will also be introduce shortly and urged the farmers to emulate from Yongam village and at the same time to avail the opportunity when it is available. He exhorted not to go for subsidy but to earn through hard work by developing their God gifted land.
Deputy Commissioner, Longleng, Y. Denngan Avennoho Phom in his short speech lauded the department of Land Resource for opening the eyes of the people through their departmental activities in the rural areas of Longleng district. He cautioned that landowners should not be a hindrance to any development activities in the district and ather should donate their land for development. The DC also called upon the Parliamentary Secretary, Secretary and Director LRD, and suggested for construction of marketing complex in Longleng under LRD which will benefit the people of the district.
Earlier, L. Lipok Imchen, WDTM shared his experiences and Dr. Kalito J. Sumi WDTM while on behalf of the stakeholders Angshei Phom, Yongam village and Yenjei Phom, VCC Yongam gave their breifing. The program was chaired by A. Pangjung Jamir, Joint Director & Supervisory Officer PMKSY-WDC, Longleng and the program culminated with vote of thanks by Phamphen, WDTM.
The PMKSY-WDC erstwhile IWMP which began three years ago in Longleng, has taken up major activities in the field of soil and water management, plantation, development of wastelands, forest regeneration, economic growth of the people living in rural areas through various on-farm and off-farm activities. The PMKSY-WDC also aims to facilitate accountability, supports stakeholder communication and helps in guiding the people to achieve sound economy and to build ecologically more vibrant village. Yongam village under Longleng district is the living example of the projects under LRD.