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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1592

“Hardly any deployment in Mon”: Yona

By Oken Jeet Sandham
Kohima, 04 April, (

Congress leader from Mon District N Yona Konyak said the issue concerning the areas of the ENPO that culminated to the demand of a separate “Frontier Nagaland State” was very much genuine. “We should admit that there is chronic negligence by the Governments to this region over the years,” he disclosed.

The fact is in the recently concluded State assembly sessions, the members on the floor cutting across party affiliations agreed that the region needed to be taken care of and invested so that people in this region could come up at par with the rest of their counterparts. This itself was an admission of the prolong negligence to the people of the ENPO region, the NPCC general secretary told NEPS here today.

Asked his opinion on the ENPO issue, Konyak, who was a Congress candidate in the 42 Wakching A/C in last assembly elections, described that it was not an individual issue. It was a people’s movement and this would be there to stay till the right medicine to cure the syndrome was found, he stated.

“But I am happy that the recently concluded Nagaland Assembly had deliberated on the burning issue,” he said. “But I am afraid whether concerns expressed by the legislators would really be translated into reality.”

Konyak also expressed his regrets that in spite of having two cabinet ministers and other four legislators as parliamentary secretary, chairman, adviser, etc. from his district, developments were yet to come up in the district. “Of course, except for a few pockets, there were hardly any developments worth mentioning in the district of Mon,” he alleged.

The Congress leader also revealed how pathetic the conditions of the roads in his constituency, water supply, electricity, administrations, educations, etc. He said the condition of the road from Naginimora to Wakching remained as it is without any maintenance. He said the only maintenance came was from the Coal Contractors Union. He said this road was so important that it was a lifeline of Mon and Tuensang districts.

There was no water supply in Wakching HQs and the only village that availed water supply was Tanhai village. This was also from the World Vision. And least electrification had reached Wakching, Chingphoi and Chingdang through another Central scheme. Otherwise, nothing was there from the State Government, he further alleged.

Interestingly, for the water supply in Wakching, it was already in the work program and more than Rs 50 lakh was already released against it but never implemented, Konyak stated.

He also disclosed that road from Naginimora to Tiru was also maintained through NREGA fund. Here also interestingly, Rs 25 lakh was sanctioned for maintenance, but it was never utilized, he said.

Asked why people did not react, the Congress leader said the citizens in the area got fed up to react now as most of these ruling legislators and Ministers failed to live up to their expectations.

He also said the DAN Government kept on creating more and more administrative blocks, upgrading EAC to SDO, SDO to ADC, but no officers were appointed to man all these offices. “So what is the point if you go on creating offices, upgrading existing offices to higher status while no manpower is there to see these offices,” he said. “It is absolutely meaningless and the people in the backward areas will remain as it is if not worsening.”

- Asian Tribune -

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