The Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio was invited to Buckingham Palace by His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, The Prince Andrew. HRH Prince Andrew and the Chief Minister, who was accompanied by T.R. Zeliang, Planning Minister and Abu Metha, Press Secretary to the Chief Minister, met at Buckingham Palace and discussed matters relating to improving bilateral ties between the UK and India, especially Nagaland. Matters relating to increasing people-to-people contact, better understanding and mutual cooperation in various sectors were also discussed. The Chief Minister conveyed congratulations to His Royal Highness on the successful Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen and also wished the UK a successful Olympic Games. The Chief Minister gifted the Duke of York a coffee table book on his visit to Nagaland and the Duke of York gifted the Chief Minister a bag designed a British designer.
The Janani-Shishu Suraksha Karyakram is a programme to benefit pregnant women and sick neonates which also invokes a new approach to healthcare placing emphasis and elimination of out of pocket expenses for both pregnant women and sick neonates (upto 30 days after birth) in all Government Health Institutions, both in rural and urban areas, stated Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Kuzholuzo Nienu during the launching of Janani-Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (JSSK) on 4th August 2012 at the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Kohima.
Addressing the gathering, Azo informed that JSSK was earlier launched nationally on 1st June 2011 at Mewat district in Haryana by the UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi and since then various States throughout the country started implementing this significant programme which is estimated to benefit more than one crore pregnant women and new born babies all over India, who access public health institution every year, both in urban and rural areas, leading to increase in health care for over 70 lakhs women delivering at home which ultimately would bring about reduction in maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and infant mortality rate (IMR).
Further impressing upon that this mother-child protection programme envisages the objectives of encouraging all pregnant women to deliver at public health facilities and fulfilling the commitment of achieving cent percent institution delivery which will also empower service providers working at health facilities in providing quality ante-natal, intra-natal and post natal services, a complete set of quality services desired at the institutions.
The entitlement already given to pregnant women for institutional delivery under the Jannani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) under the JSSK initiative, a wider scope of entitlements for pregnant women and sick neonates upto 30 days of birth would include drugs and consumables, diagnostics, blood wherever required, diet during stay at the facility and referral transport from home to facility, facility to home and between facilities, in case of a referral, he added.
He also assured that with the roll out of the JSSK, the department would do all possible, notwithstanding the limitations, to make certain that the maximum benefit in terms of the entitlements given, is availed by all pregnant women and sick neonates in the State although the targets are high and the milestone are many, but with collective efforts from both the government, the stakeholders and the general public the goals are attainable and achievable. He further called upon every citizen of Nagaland state to avail the services and entitlements chalked out especially for all pregnant women and the sick neonates so that together the State achieve the set goals of reducing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.
During the launching programme, an overview of JSSK was given by Mission Director, NRHM Dr. Khanlo Magh where he stated that about 67000 women in India die every year due to pregnancy related complications, similarly every year 13 lakhs infants die approximately. He also stated that the first 28 days of infancy period are therefore very important and critical to save children where maternal and infant deaths could be reduced by ensuring timely access to quality services, both essential and emergency in public health facilities without any burden of out-of pocket expenses.
Earlier, NMA Vice President Sarah Nuh spoke on behalf of the Naga Mothers Association while the programme was chaired by Commissioner & Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, Sentiyanger Imchen IAS who also delivered the welcome address and wrap up the launching programme.
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Having realized the vast potential with optimum utilization of land for cultivation and thereby improving the economy of the farmers of the areas, the Parliamentary Secretary for Geology and Mining, Irrigation and Flood, and Border Affairs, Y. Patton, launched and formally handed over a Minor Irrigation project known as Langlong Minor Irrigation Project to the farmers at Zutovi Village Dimapur on 3th August 2012.
With the construction of this project, assured irrigation facility will be available and multiple cropping can be made possible and would benefit eleven villages along the banks of river Langlong. The department initially started the works under Accelerated Benefit Program during 2006-07 at an approved outlay of Rs 5.57 crores for construction of RCC Diversion Weir along with regulatory structures and channel works. It however faced a cost overrun and another outlay of Rs 2.93 crores was approved under the same scheme for extension of channel works, protection walls and culverts. The newly constructed irrigation project would be serving approximately at least one thousand two hundred households.
Patton, during his address pointed out that the project stands to serve at least eleven villages, five on one side of the river bank and another six on the other. He was also highly appreciative of the villagers of Zutovi who had refused any sort of land compensation from the government and said, "There was no complication whatsoever and I am thankful to the villagers". Patton also urged other villages to emulate the gesture of the Zutovi villagers and take it as inspiration. Y. Patton also thanked the department of irrigation & Flood control for completing the project at the stipulated period.
On the suggestion from the Zutovi villagers to appoint a Chowkidar to maintain and guard the project site, Patton admitted that their plea 'was a genuine case' and that he would ensure that the post of a Chowkidar be created.
MLA and Advisor to Sericulture and Co-operation Azheto Zhimomi, in his address as the guest of honor suggested the department concerned to extend the channels till Dhansiripar on one side and Razaphe on the other. "Why not spent some more money and built morecanals," he said while pointing out that the project 'has the potential to serve all the villages in the area.' He also acknowledged that in the almost century old history of Zutovi, the Langlong Minor Irrigation Project was the first and only major developmental project availed to the villagers. Azheto extended his gratitude to Patton for delivering the first developmental project to the village. MLA Kipili Sangtam also spoke on the occasion. Elders and leaders from various villages under the area also expressed their gratitude to the department and the Parliamentary Secretary for constructing the irrigation project.
Minister for Soil & Water Conservation and Land Resource Development, P. Longon inaugurated the office of Sub-Divisional Education Officer (SDEO) Noklak in presence of Zaveyi Nikha Joint Director School Education and department Officers on 25th July 2012. The inaugural function was chaired by Thangpong SDO (C) while welcome address was delivered by M. Krose SDEO Noklak. Speaking on the occasion P. Longon expressed his thankfulness to the SOEOs staffs, land owner, public leaders and contractor for proper utilization of fund and contribution of positive ideas/suggestion to complete the beautiful building in an exceptional location. He also directed the department to give their best service in updating the knowledge of students through this office in the days to come. Short speeches were also delivered by Tainiu ADC Noklak and Zaveyi Nikha Joint Director School Education Nagaland.
The Noklak SDP&DB meeting was held under the chairmanship of Minister for Soil & Water Conservation, Land Resource Development, P. Longon. The meeting started with self introduction by two new members namely GHSS, Noklak, Y.P. Singh Principal and SDO, PWD (R&B), I. Kath. The Chairman welcomed all the members and exhorted them to be sincere in attending to their assigned duties and to be regular in attending the monthly SDP&DB meetings to share the departmental problems and also to contribute suggestions.
The meeting reviewed the last meeting minutes and discussed the following points: In regard to the creation of Sub-Treasury Office (STO) at Noklak- Noklak Sub-Division which comprises of 37 recognized villages and 8 un-recognized villages and 5 Administrative headquarters namely Noklak ADC, Thonoknyu SDO, EAC Hqs are Panso, Nokhu & Chengmei and one International Trade Centre (ITC) Dan. Under Noklak Hq. the officer delegated DDOs are 16, the house decided to recommend and forwarded the concerned department for approval and necessary action. For creation of sub-centre at Waoshu village-In view of the remoteness and location/topography from the nearest health centre, the board recommended the case and forwarded to the concerned department. The house discussed the matter on the construction of Community Hall at New Chengmei Village, submitted by the president of Chengmei Range Public Organization, and decided to left at the disposal of the elected Representative of 56 A/C Noklak. Grand-in-aid for Christian High School Noklak, submitted by the school was also discussed minutely and basing on the school enrollment and performance over the years the house recommended to the department as applied for. For construction of BDOs Residential Quarters at Noklak, Thonokyu & Panso, the board after discussing the difficulties of the staffs in functioning without residential quarter felt that it was genuine and recommended it for approval to the concerned department. In regard to the construction/upgradation of power lines to different/villages under Noklak area and upgradation of Police Station, Noklak to that of SDPO, the Board also recommended for approval and necessary action to the concerned department.
The meeting concluded with vote of thanks by ADC, Noklak &Vice Chairman, Tainiu.
The Department of Health & Family Welfare conducted one day Health Camp with a theme 'Immunization Protects Children from Childhood Killing Diseases' for Scavengers & Labour Class at Zeliangrong Colony Dimapur on 4th August 2012. The health camp is being conducted to reach the people who do not come out to avail the free health checkup, testing and medication provided by the concern department
The health camp included free Testing, check up and medication on malaria, Japanese Encephalitis (JE), typhoid, TB, HIV/ AIDS, Polio Immunization, PCG, Hepatitis, triple vaccination and distribution of vitamins for the weak person etc.
During the camp the department would also distribute fish larva to control mosquito's breeds in stagnant water and malathone fogging for malaria prevention. In addition to the department the medicines like anti- biotic, Vitamins, and IV fluids were provided by Nagaland Medical Dealers Association (NMDA) Dimapur.
National Food Security Mission in Nagaland to be implemented by the Department of Agriculture took off in Kohima district in the month of June 2012 by launching the System for Rice Intensification (SRI) campaign in 15 selected clusters in Kohima Sadar and 5 clusters in Tseminyu sub division. Kohima district, where WTRC comprises of more than 60% of paddy cultivation, SRI technology of paddy cultivation is a viable farmer's friendly method for increasing the productivity of paddy while reducing man power in the nursery raising and avenues for mechanization. During 2011 the district agriculture office Kohima conducted a trial on SRI with HYV MTU 1010 with an objective to train the field functionaries. The trial observation result in 20% increase over conventional method.
Front line SRI Demonstrations and trainings have already been conducted in the selected clusters. Taking advantage of the late monsoon, the district is also taking up contingency measures in affected villages through conducting training and front line demonstrations (FLD) in affected areas. In view of paddy seedlings getting over matured while waiting for sufficient rain to meet field requirement, farmers are trained to select seeds, raised nursery beds and keep healthy seedlings ready for transplanting within a time span of 8-14 days. The variety recommended were MTU-I010, a short duration variety of 120-125 days provided by the department through NFSM and also any other local variety which are of short duration with good tillering capacity. The operation is aimed to salvage the farmer's paddy cultivation in the last moment of the monsoon season if rain somehow comes by end of July or beginning of Aug.(DIPR)
Attention of the NPWD (National Highways) has been drawn to newspaper reports on the implementation of the SARDP (NE) project in Nagaland executed by Maytas & Gayatri (JV). The Department of PWD (NH) wishes to clarify that the Project has not been abandoned but temporarily suspended due to the monsoons. While some items of works are continuing, major works will re-commence during the working season. It may be mentioned that more than 80% of earth work and 25% of culverts have been completed on all the four roads. It is deeply regretted that the people of Zunheboto, Phek and Longleng Districts are facing inconveniences and problems due to subsidence and mudslides during this rainy season. However, the contractor is fully engaged in clearing all slides and the road is expected to be opened shortly.
Questions have also been raised on the revision of costs. The Department would like to clarify, as well as admit that the initial DPR was found deficient as the quantum of earth work had been largely underestimated. It was only during implementation that such deficiencies were observed and works were carried out as per actual requirements. During the Indian Roads Congress meeting held at Kohima in May-June this year, road experts were taken to various spots and they have found the works acceptable. Further, the Government of India has constituted a Committee under the Chairmanship of Vijay Chibber, Special Secretary and Financial Advisor to the Government of India for inspection and follow up action on execution of the roads. The Department would like to clarify that the costs of similar projects in other hilly regions are higher than that of Nagaland as per the original DPR.
Further, it is to be mentioned that the project is under contract with the Joint Venture and the question of it being handed over to any other Agency does not arise unless the Contract is nullified as per procedures and the terms of agreement. The Department, once again, seeks the cooperation of all concerned so that the Project can be completed on time. This was stated in a press release issued by Chief Engineer PWD (NH), Peter Solo.