The up-gradation program of Akuluto SDO (Civil) HQ to that of ADC HQ was held today at Akuluto Town with Chief Minister, TR Zeliang gracing the occasion as Chief Guest. After 43 years, the up-gradation to ADC HQ today marked the fulfilment of a long cherished dream of the people of Akuluto area in particular and Zunheboto District in general.
Akuluto received its administrative status of SDO(C) in 1974 while V.K was accorded status of EAC HQ in 1980.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister stated that the day was a ‘red letter day’ for the people of Akuluto and VK area. He believed that the region had potentiality of becoming an educational hub in the near future due to the presence of Nagaland University Campus at Lumami and its close proximity with Atoizu Polytechnic and educational institutions in Mokokchung.
‘Atoizu Polytechnic and Nagaland University Campus at Lumami have the potential to improve the educational condition of the Nagas’ he stated.
Setting up of a Block Institute of Education and Training (BIET) Centre is also under progress located at Akuluto Constituency.
While terming the upcoming National Highways, NH-2 and NH-702(A), passing through Akuluto and connecting Mokokchung and Wokha, as a ‘great achievement,’ the Chief Minister called for public support, unity and solidarity in order to march forward with progress and development.
Highlighting major National Highways touching Zungheboto District, Zeliang said that work for Kohima-Wokha-VK-Mokokchung-Tuli-Amguri road measuring 240 kms named as NH-2 has started while sanction has been accorded for Mokokchung-Akuluto-Zunheboto-Phek-Meluri road measuring 226 kms and named NH-702 A.
‘128 kms for Chakabama – Zunheboto road has already been sanctioned at an approximate cost of Rs. 1600 crores and survey work has already started and similarly, we have Pfutsero-Phek (66 kms – 825 Crores), Merangkong – Tamlu – Mon (100 kms – 1250 crores) and Changtonya – Longleng (35 kms – 437.5 Crores) which have been sanctioned,’ he announced.
Also making references of other new roads under Akuluto and VK jurisdiction like Doyang-Izheto road under VK range and Sema Setsü-Dzulhami road under Akuluto jurisdiction, the Chief Minister said that building more sustainable roads would be a priority.
During the last 54 years since its Statehood, Nagaland received sanction of only Rs. 28,000 Crores from the GOI but during the last 4 years alone under the Chief Ministership of TR Zeliang, Nagaland has been accorded sanction of over Rs. 30,000 Crores.
On this line, Zeliang stated that the features of road connectivity in the State would completely change in the next 2-3 years and that the priority of the Government was on good roads, healthcare and electricity.
‘Achievement of the Government during the last 4 years was more than the achievements during the last 54 years,’ he added.
The Chief Minister also lauded the efforts of Hokishe Sema, former Chief Minister and Governor of Himachal Pradesh who hailed from Sutemi village and former Deputy Chief Minister I.K Sema who hailed from Lumami village and were instrumental in shaping the present day Akuluto Constituency.
Mention may be made here that, Akuluto Town was founded in the year 1917 with the establishment of Government Lower Primary School which was upgraded to Government Upper Primary School in the year 1934. In the year 1953, with joint efforts of Akuluto, and VK, Government Middle School was opened at Akuluto. Subsequently, in the year 1953, Akuluto was designated as an Administrative Circle – that included Akuluto Area and VK – headed by a Circle Officer. VK administrative unit was headed by Area Superintendents who assisted the Circle Officer at Akuluto. In 1968, administrative status of Akuluto was upgraded to that of EAC which was later upgraded to that of SDO (Civil) in 1974. VK was also subsequently upgraded to the status of EAC in 1980. Thus Akuluto subdivision is one of the oldest administrative centres in the State.
Other dignitaries who spoke on the occasion included G. Kaito Aye, Minister for Road and Bridges; Khekaho Assumi, Parliamentary Secretary for YRS and MTF; Yehokhu Chophy, President of Akuluto area GB’s Association; Hotovi Chishi, Chairman of Akuluto Town GB’s Council and Vihoshe Murru, Vice President of Sumi Hoho.
“Solution must arrive for the sake of permanent peace in the land”- TR Zeliang, Chief Minister, Nagaland.
The Chief Minister also said that solution to the protracted Naga political issue must be finalised at the earliest time possible for the sake of peace and harmony of all the Nagas. “Solution is for all the Nagas and it must arrive for the sake of permanent peace in the land,’ he said.
‘And that is why Solution first and then election,’ he stated.
Inviting all Naga political groups to come together in unison for a final settlement, Zeliang believed that the land of the Nagas would be among the best in the world once underground movement was resolved.
‘We are second to none and given the opportunity, Nagas have the capability to compete at the global level,’ he added.
Media Cell, CMO Nagaland