Deputy Commissioner Shri C. Arthur W addressed the public gathered at the Lower Ground, Tamenglong DHQ on the 68th Independence Day.
Following is the Deputy Commissioner’s address/quotes on the occasion:-
Today we celebrate our 68th Independence Day and I wish each one of you gathered here a very happy Independence Day. I would like each one of you to recollect the struggle and hardship that our past leaders had to endure to help us live in a free country and on this solemn occasion let us draw inspiration and strength from their sacrifices.
Our district as in the past has been striving to keep pace with the development requirements ofour times and I am happy to report certain achievements.
In the health sector we have conducted our 6th surgical outreach camp at District hospital where 64 major cases and 69 minor cases have been taken so far. Besides the medical team from JNIMS Dr. Suhel Akhtar, Chairman of State Health Society and Principal Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) also took part in this camp conducted on 13th and 14th June, 2014. District health mela was conducted at Christian Model Hr. Sec. School from 15-16 March, 2014 with the help of 11 specialist doctors from JNIMS and other medical officers and staff. A total of 1498 patients were treated free of cost. The new health initiative called Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karikram has been started at the district from the month of July 2014 with the objectives to carry out school health programmes for children in the age group of 6-18 years. Besides the medical department this initiative involves the school teachers and the Anganwadi workers. The district has also achieved 74.86% level of immunisation which is a commendable achievement considering the shortages of doctors and paramedical staff in Tousem and Tamei areas.
In the field of electricity as some of you may not be aware the existing department has been corporatized into two companies i.e, the Transmission company and the Distribution company. The District Energy Distribution Committee in its latest meeting held yesterday with representatives of the Village Authority have deliberated on the issue of billing cycle/ period for electric bills. We have also decided to decentralise the awareness campaign to the villages and also to improve revenue collection. As per data available the current consumption of the electricity in monetary terms is about Rs.70,00,000/- (seventy lakhs) per month whereas collection is just about 10 percent of this. Ladies and gentlemen for a service delivery entity its prerequisite that we pay for what we consume and it has been decided that revenue collection would be decentralised through the village authorities for the entire district for billing cycles that will range from monthly collection to tri-monthly and in any case the distribution company will ensure that clubbing of bills will not exceed more than 3 months for even the remotest part of our district. For this initiative I seek and solicit the cooperation of the public. Further more, the district administration has taken up the initiative to start solar street lighting in the district headquarters which in time will be replicated in other sub-divisions. The 400 KV power project of the Power Grid has also been progressing well with the target of completing the project by October 2014 and the state of Manipur will start drawing its power requirement through this infrastructure and it is expected the power shortages will be met through this project.
I am also very happy that an improved district website namely Tamenglong.nic.in has been launched online 2 days back. In our age of transparency in governance this initiative will be a vital tool to improve governance. I urge you to visit this website and give us feedback on how to improve it further.
The N.F Railway project despite the bottlenecks have been progressing very well and I am proud to inform that a district like ours will be etched in history for having the highest bridge of its category at Lukhambi once the project is completed measuring 78 meters.
It is a sad truth that there has been in the past incidences of child trafficking and one of the major difficulties faced by district administration was the lack of infrastructure especially children homes to cater to these children. I am happy to inform that the project for children home at Tamenglong HQ will be a reality soon. We are also taking steps to improve the PDS in our district in line with the justice Wadhwa Committee recommendations and we are in the process of appointing new agents with emphasis on village authorities which is expected to be completed by this month. The zoning and grouping of villages will also be made available in the website mentioned above.
Our district which has an area of 4,391 sq kms currently has 5 sub-divisions viz:- Tamenglong, Tamei, Tousem, Nungba and Khoupum. Due to difficulties of geography and terrain it is difficult to ensure proper governance to each and every corner of our district. To mitigate this reality and difficulties the state government has recently approved creation two more sub-divisions i.e., Haochong and Noney sub-divisions. I believe this would improve governance for the entire district.
Finally, I would like to end with the message that though we have achieved independence in the year 1947 we have yet to achieve independence from the ghost of hatred, disunity, and distrust. I hope that day is not very far for the sake of not just us but for our children in the future.
Happy Independence Day.