Kohima, May 26
Out of the 82 departments, Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) is one of the most important departments concerning human life and it is our bounded duty to give our best service to enable our people to maintain their health, asserted PHED minister, Tokheho Yethomi during an introductory meeting with the officers and staffs of PHED today.
The newly inducted minister also emphasised on making extensive use of mobile water testing laboratory so as to enable the people to know what kind of water they are using and also to make them aware and be conscious in using quality water.
He also stressed on the need for efficiency, sincerity and dedication to serve the people irrespective of one’s position and further urged upon the officers and staffs to put their heads together and work for the people.
During the interaction, the minister also suggested that the department should make all the datas about the status of water supply in every villages, towns and every habitations so that the exact position of water supply in the state can be ascertained.
“We should try our best to maintain our water supply lines despite the difficulties faced and shortages of funds,” he maintained.
He also felt the need to explore the possibility to provide proper and quality water service to Kohima town and said his top priority will be to provide water supply to Kohima and Dimapur. “This does not mean that the department will not look after other districts but there are serious problems in these two districts,” he added.
Lamenting that many people have taken over department quarters and encroached on government lands, he said Nagas have no second thoughts about public property which in the long run will make the future generation suffer.
“As long as we are in the public service, we must have a sense of belonging and protect public and government properties,” he appealed.
On the issue of fund constraints to fully implement various schemes and projects, Yepthomi assured that he will take up the matter with the finance department and chief minister to release funds on time so that the department would be in position to carry forward the central schemes.
Earlier, Chief Engineer, PHED Er.Kevisekho Kruse gave an overview of PHED and its activities while director, Water & Sanitation Support Organisation (WSSO) Er.K.G Sumi highlighted on the activities of WSSO. The function was chaired by secretary PHED, Anenla S.Longchari, IAS.
The introductory meeting was followed by a technical session with the department S.E’s, E.E’s and S.D.O’s.
(Page News Service)