Sishunu village leaps towards road development and healthy life style

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Kohima, July 28: Though a small village with about 349 household, Sishunu Village under Tseminyu sub-division of Kohima district in Nagaland, today took a major leap bringing about road infrastructure and leading a healthy life style.
The Village Council and Village Development Board (VDB) have come together to transparent and accountable implementation of funds provided by the Rural Development Department, Nagaland through various schemes.
Having successfully implemented funds meant for approach road and footsteps stretching about 500 meters under MGNREGS 2017-18, Project Director District Rural Development Agency, Kohima, Alemla Chishi today formally inaugurated the same.
She along with Block Development Officer Chunlikha, Village Council Chairman Joel Kath, VDB Secretary John Kath, GBs and DBs inspected the construction of the cement plastered road and steps.
In her address, Alemla while lauding the judicious utilization of the funds provided by the Department said that the government extends financial support for infrastructure development in the villages but it all depends on the unity of the Village Council and VDBs in bringing about development at the grassroots.
“We are happy that funds coming from Rural Development is trickling down to the grassroots in Sishunu,” she said.
Maintaining that the villagers and leaders in general have to be united and VDB transparent to have development, she expressed hope that Sishunu would become role model for all other villages in the State.
The Project Director also appealed to the villagers to continue to extend cooperation and support to BDO Chunlikha towards creating more development in the village.
Sishunu becomes 3rd village under Kohima to be ‘Tobacco free’
The second leap for Sishunu was to become the fourth village under Kohima district to be declared “Tobacco Free Village” by District Nodal Officer (DNO) for National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP), Dr Arenla Thong.
Other tobacco free villages under DNO NTCP Kohima are – Gariphema, Khonoma and Jotsoma, Dr Thong informed, adding that they are working towards declaration of more villages as Tobacco free.
Expressing that around 2200 people dies every day due to consumptions of both smoke and smokeless tobacco, she said “no one can be forced not to smoke or chew tobacco but the village authorities can restrict the sale and consumption in public places”.
She said that the District Enforcement team comprising of administration, police and officials of NTCP would be conducting frequent checking and penalize the defaulters as per the laid down rules under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003.
The third is the Village Council declaration of “Plastic & Waste Free Village” which was pronounced Sishunu Village Council Secretary Nathaniel Kath.
He read out the Sishunu Village Council resolution adopted yesterday banning dumping of all kinds of waste particularly polythene bags in public places. It also resolved to ban all kinds of tobacco and gutkha within the village jurisdiction. The Village Council has also resolved that violators of the resolution would be penalized. (Page News Service)