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Eastern districts show DPDB meetings the exciting way

Parliamentary Secretary for IPR and Economics & Statistics, R Tohanba (4th right), DC Tuensang, Mhabemo Yanthan (3rd right) and founder of Eleutheros Christian Society (ECS), Rev. Chingmak Chang (2nd right) with other government officers pose for the lens at the orchard run by ECS after the DPDB meeting held at ‘House of Hope’, Longpang, in Tuensang district.
The “backward” Eastern districts of Nagaland are showing the way how to conduct the monthly district planning & development board (DPDB) in more innovative and exciting ways.
After Kiphire district which conducted its November DPDB meeting atop of Mount Saramati, the highest peak in Nagaland overlooking the Indo-Myanmar border, the last DPDB meeting of Tuensang district for the year 2012 was held on December 8 at the ‘House of Hope’, Longpang, some 25 km from Tuensang town.

The outdoor meetings, far from the drab conference halls, have proved to be a learning experience for administrative officials and officers of various departments.
While government officers of Kiphire watched the vast expanse of land inhabited by Nagas on the Myanmar side from the top of Mount Saramati and reflected on the Naga divide by the “artificial boundary”, Tuensang district administration and officers took a peek at the various livelihood projects and healthcare services of ECS, especially caring of HIV positive patients at House of Hope.

 ‘House of Hope’ is run by Eleutheros Christian Society (ECS), a society that has changed the lives of the rural people of Tuensang district through its multi activities and initiatives including healthcare, water and sanitation, agriculture and micro-finance.

Led by Parliamentary Secretary for IPR and Economics & Statistics, R Tohanba, who is also Chairman of Tuensang DPDB, the district administration and officers including DC Tuensang, Mhabemo Yanthan, visited the HIV ward of ECS hospital and interacted with the patients. For many officers, this was the first close encounter with HIV/AIDS patients.

ECS founder Rev. Chingmak Chang also took the DPDB members to a tour of the orange and banana orchard and poly house farm encompassing the sprawling House of Hope compound.

Earlier, before the DPDB meeting, Rev. Chingmak and another ECS member gave power point presentations on ECS’s activities and initiatives to improve rural health and economy.

Impressed by the activities of ECS, the Parliamentary Secretary committed ten bundles of CGI sheets to ECS and assured his continued support in future. DC Tuensang also urged ECS to spread ECS activities to other districts.

Among other agenda discussed in the DPDB meeting included approval for recommendation of Imlong Theological College, shifting of present dumping site of Tuensang town, construction of public toilets in the town. The meeting also discussed on shortage of doctors and nurses at Tuensang Civil Hospital.

Addressing the last DPDB meeting of the year, Tohanba greeted the DPDB members in the name of the “Prince of Peace” and urged the officers to spread the message of peace and goodwill to one and all even as they celebrate the birth of Christ.

While thanking the district administration and officers of various departments for the cooperation extended to him and their commitment in serving the people despite working in difficult conditions, the Parliamentary Secretary appealed the officers to rededicate themselves to serve the rural people even better in future.

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