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A workshop on good governance practices and initiatives in the district was held at DC's Conference Hall Kohima on December 22.

Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Shanavas C IAS, speaking in his inaugural address, stated that good governance is celebrated on December 25th every year in honour of the former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday.

It is celebrated for a week with its motto ‘Sushasan Saptah - Prashashan Gaon Ki Aur’ campaign, which means good governance week and governance towards villages. He added that it has a lot of relevance in the context of Nagaland with around 80% of its rural population, stated a DIPR report.

Emphasizing a few points for good governance, Shanavas pointed out that adaptability and willingness to change would be the first things towards good governance, and second would be the coordination and convergence amongst the departments, which needs to be improved and work together for the public. He said, “as a government servant good governance is not to be celebrated only for a week but it has to be celebrated throughout the year and ensure that good governance is delivered to the public.”

Presenting on the good governance practices/initiatives taken up by the district, EAC Kohima, Pichano Kikon highlighted women’s empowerment through Menstrual Hygiene Management. She said that the district administration in collaboration with Project Baala and other offices had organized an awareness training programme in November 2022 with its main objective to enable the female population to get access to safe, hygienic, and affordable menstrual products and has also led to comfortable and undignified experience with menstrual health management.

Sr Manager (Planning), Kohima Smart City & Development Limited, Yhunchilo Khing spoke on the implementation of Developmental Activities/Projects and stated that Kohima was selected as one of the 100 smart cities in the country on September 20, 2016 and since then it has been striving to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of the people by enabling local area development and harnessing technology, especially technology that leads to Smart outcomes in line with the objectives of Smart City Mission (SCM) and MoHUA.

He said that during its five years of existence, Kohima Smart City in the course created some milestone achievements, be it in project implementation, Ministry interventions and challenges, financial and procedural accreditations. He further said that Kohima Smart City through some of its projects and interventions has also leveraged Good Governance into the system and informed the Creation of the eKMC portal under 1CCC for Kohima Municipal Council which has allowed the users (citizens) to avail the online facility of registering, renewal and payment for trade license, etc.

Executive Engineer PHED Kohima Urban Division, Er Subongyanger presented on Jal Jeevan Mission where he highlighted on Village Action Plan (VAP) -Plan prepared by Gram Panchayat and or its sub-committee, i.e. Paani Samiti, User Group, etc. based on baseline survey, resource mapping, and felt needs of the village community to provide FHTC to every rural household, treat the generated greywater and plan its reuse, undertake surveillance activities, etc.

He said that VAP would indicate the fund requirement and timelines for completion of work under the Mission and will be approved by the Gram Sabha Irrespective of the source of funding, all drinking water-related works in the village are to be taken up based on the VAP and water supply scheme, bulk water transfer and treatment plants, etc to achieve overall drinking water security in the State, and to be used for financial planning to cover all rural households.

The programme was chaired BY EAC Kezocha, Molosangla Ozukum while the welcome address was delivered by SDO (C) Kohima Nockpai Konyak NCS, and a vote of thanks was proposed by ADC Kohima Rhosietho Nguori NCS.

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Quelle/Source: The Morung Express, 22.12.2022

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