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MGNREGA success boasts economy in Kelingmen



Mokokchung, February 21(MExN): Since Nagaland attained statehood in the year 1963, Kelingmen villagers had been yearning for a good road connecting the village from the State/National Highway so that the fruits and vegetables cultivated in the village can be easily exported to nearby villages and also town like Mokokchung. The land, water and climatic condition of Kelingmen village is very suitable for cultivating fruits like cucumber, orange, pineapple, Litchi, guava etc and also a varieties of vegetables.

Last year, a family in the village gained profit of more than Rs 85,000 by selling oranges alone. Presently, the beetle-nut trees are laden with the nuts which can approximately incur profits of about s. 80,000 – 90,000. “However due to the absence of good road connections, Kelingmen villagers could not export the fruits and vegetables to nearby areas, and for so many years, the villagers could not export the fruits and vegetables to the neighboring places incurring huge losses,” stated a joint press release issued by Village Development Board, Secretary, Arenkaba and Kelingmen Village Council, Chairman, A. Kümzük.

But after the enactment of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) by the Indian Parliament the dream of a road connecting Kelingmen from the national highway is finally becoming a reality. In this regard, the Kelingmen VDB decided to put aside other activities and concentrate on improving the road connecting the Kelingmen village from the National Highway 61 (Unger Junction) by utilizing the MGNREGA fund allocated for the year 2010-2011.

This good work is being initiated under the active support of Mokokchung Deputy Commissioner, Lithrongla G Chishi and also under the leadership of DRDA Project Director Imotemjen and Changtongya SDO (Civil) Chuba Chang, Changtongya Block BDO, Achila, and S/Os Tenukumba and Yanger. “These government officials are immensely helping the Kelingmen villagers by giving valuable advices and also rendering their moral support,” the release stated. Under the guidance of these officials, the road from National Highway 61 to Kelingmen village, which is about eight kilometers, is being metaled and the villagers are working tirelessly so that an all-weather road can be constructed at the earliest.

In this regard, these dedicated officials led by the Deputy Commissioner even visited Kelingmen village on February 15, 2012 and inspected the work being done. They also interacted with the village leaders and shared their knowledge on the potentialities of Kelingmen village. “The Kelingmen villagers are immensely happy to visualize the good road connecting the village from the Highway which would help in the export of the fruits and vegetables and also in many ways. The Kelingmen villagers deeply acknowledges the Indian Parliament for enacting the MGNREGA, and also the government officials in the state, district and area offices and also the village leaders for initiating the noble work in the village,” the press release further added.

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