Mokokchung/Dibrugrah, August 17: Minister for Housing & Mechanical, Tongpang Ozukum conducted on-site inspection of PWD store situated at Amguri and the lone and neglected Naga patients house at Dibrugrah.
Interacting with Naga residents and scholars staying at Dibrugrah, the minister expressed disdain at the dilapidated condition of the State guest house, commonly addressed as Naga patient house. He shared his concern about the plight of Nagas coming to Dibrugrah for medical care and students coming for admissions, who end up incurring more expenditure on fooding and lodging than in medical fees as Nagaland House, Dibrugarh does not have the basic amenities needed by visitors or patients.
He stated that for many years it has been neglected and it is not only the concern of the department but for the entire Nagas who will benefit as Naga patients house, Dibrugrah is located at the busy Paltan Bazar, where most of medical care centre’s and educational institutes are located.
“Mizoram government is also running a well furnished State guest house which is positively helping their people who come seeking for admissions and medical care; that’s why we find patients and scholars from Nagaland lodging at the nearby Mizo guest house as the present Nagaland House is not in habitable,” he rued.
Tongpang said the modalities for encroachment of the site have successfully culminated legally by the department and, assured that he will look into the matter with top priority and a well planned patients house will be constructed at the earliest for the benefit of the people.
The minister appreciated Naga Students Union Dibrugrah (NSUD) and Naga Christian Fellowship Dibrugrah (NCFD) for acting as it’s caretaker by protecting and maintaining the house since it’s inception in 1971.
Er. Tali Longchar, a member of NCFD, said it was the first time a high official from the department has visited Nagaland guest Dibrugrah with real concern. He said it would be to our advantage to maintain and run such a guest house as Dibrugrah is one of the most important commercial hub and progressive city in Assam which is frequented by Naga people, especially from neighbouring districts like Mokokchung and Eastern Nagaland.
Earlier, the Minister also inspected Nagaland PWD store at Amguri, Assam where he interacted with the caretaker and officials from the department. The minister was accompanied by secretary, PWD (Works & Housing), chief engineer (Housing), additional chief engineer (Housing), executive engineer (Housing) Mokokchung division, EE. R&B Tuli, ADC Tuli, SDPO Tuli and Angetyongpang Independent party leaders and workers.
(Page News Service)