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Minister sees benefit for people through municipal polls

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By Our Correspondent Updated: May 28, 2019 11:17 pm
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Tongpang Ozukum, center, inaugurates an extension of Sungkomen ward’s community hall, on May 28 in Mokokchung.


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Mokokchung, May 28 (EMN): A government leader has expressed belief that conducting the municipal elections in Nagaland will bring benefits to citizens if the state’s government and community organisations would come to an ‘understanding’ about conducting the polls.

The issue of conducting the municipal polls caused an uproar, due to issues concerning seat reservation for women, in the state in 2017.

Tongpang Ozukum, minister for Public Works department, was speaking during a programme marking the renovation and extension of Sungkomen ward’s community hall, on May 28 in Mokokchung.

During the formal programme, Ozukum lauded the ward’s local authority for ‘judiciously utilizing the monetary assistance for the renovation and extension of the community hall which shall be used for community activities.’

The minister was stated to have acknowledged also the philanthropic gesture of Kichu Kidong Mapang, a clan in Mokokchung village. It is said to have allowed the land for the extension.

On the controversial issue of conducting urban local body elections, the minister asserted that it would benefit the people if the state’s government and community organizations ‘come to an understanding’ to conduct the elections.

The municipal polls caused an uproar due to issued of reservation for women, in the state in 2017.

Right after the inauguration programme, the minister visited the government middle school at Tongdentsuyong to examine an area that is said to be sinking, and hit by landslide.

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By Our Correspondent Updated: May 28, 2019 11:17:13 pm