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GBs are link between government and grassroots– Tongpang

By Imrongkumba Aier Updated: Feb 20, 2024 9:23 pm
GBs are bridges between govt. and grassroots– Tongpang scaled
Tongpang Ozükum addressing the gathering during the inauguration of Mokokchung District Gaon Bura’s Hall in Sangtemla Ward on Tuesday.

MOKOKCHUNG — Describing the Gaon Buras (GB) as custodian of Naga customary laws, the advisor of Water Resources, Tongpang Ozukum, stated that they hold a respectable position in the society and act as a bridge between the government and the grassroots.

The advisor encouraged the GBs to support young administrative officers with their customary wisdom and knowledge as and when the situation required of them.

Ozükum stated this during the inauguration of Mokokchung District Gaon Bura’s Hall at Sangtemla Ward of Mokokchung town on Tuesday in the presence of officials from the district administration, superintendent of police and GBs from Mokokchung district. He stated that GBs institution has a rich legacy since its establishment during the British period and is relevant till date.

The advisor reminded that the state government has bestowed power to the GBs under Nagaland Village and Area Council Act, 1978 in recognising their contributions and important role they play in the Naga society. He added that GBs are uniformed voluntary government appointees shouldering huge responsibility and duties in the form of social service to the public.

In this regard, he stated that the prime minister Narendra Modi has recognised GBs’ pivotal role they play in the society adding the uniform, discipline and work were commended by him.

Meanwhile, he has congratulated the Mokokchung District GBs’ Association (MDGBA) for their hard-work in completing the hall on time.

Also speaking on the occasion, the deputy commissioner of Mokokchung, Thsuvisie Phoji, stated the position of GB was given to a man of integrity with respectable stature and honesty. He called upon the GBs to reflect their relevance in today juncture and how they are fulfilling their role in their respective wards and villages.

Stating that Mokokchung district is the most peaceful district in the state, he urged them not to be complacent but set an example for other districts.

“Just collecting annual house tax, disseminating government information or attending village meetings is not enough during this peace, GBs have to go beyond,” he asserted.

Along Jamir, president of MDGBA, informed that there are more than 660 GBs in Mokokchung district. He acknowledged all the groups, individuals, families and associations who have contributed in cash and kind in successful completion of the hall.

According to the construction committee report, the project was completed with an estimated cost of INR 41,20, 980 lakhs through contributions from village councils and well-wishers.

By Imrongkumba Aier Updated: Feb 20, 2024 9:23:50 pm
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