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Villagers of the remotest part of villages in Ukhrul district, bordering Nagaland in the north and Myanmar in the East, have lauded the initiative of MLA of Chingai assembly constituency, Khashim Vashum.
A warm ‘home visit’ was organised today by the villagers of Tusom CV to Khashim for his outstanding contribution in developing the remotest villages which has been neglected for a long period of time. The reception programme was attended by leaders, party workers and elders from the neighbouring villages. Tusom CV is situated about 100 km from Ukhrul district headquarters and is just 4 km away from the international border pillar no.129 with a total of 168 households.
During the programme, Khashim inaugurated the augmentation of water supply scheme, constructed under NRDWP. The 4 km long water pipe connection was completed few months ago. The source of water supply comes from Kashinglung of Tusom CV on the eastern side bordering Myanmar.
In his speech, he mentioned that he aims to improve the economic sector and health sector of the remotest villages. He stated that the villagers from border and far flung areas deserved a good connectivity of road. He also stated that the health sector of the border areas needs improvement. People from the border had been facing lots of hardship and inconvenience due to non-availability of hospital, he lamented while adding that many have suffered and lost precious life due to its remoteness.
He also recollected the announcement of construction of Border Haat by the previous government and remarked that people in the border can flourish and increase their income through trade borders. On the regulation of law and order and to check the flow of traders and foreigners, he opined that a border police can be set up for the Border Haat.
Advisor of National League for Democracy for Leishi District, Sagaing Division, Myanmar, Di Yang Poh also attended the programme and informed that the government from Myanmar side has constructed a good connectivity road till the boundary. He lauded the initiatives of Khashim in repairing and constructing the road from the side of India. He stated that it has become easier and accessible especially for Somrah villagers and other villages in the Somrah tract.
Deputy commissioner of Ukhrul, Dr. Harmit Singh Pahuja, who accompanied the MLA, stated that there is still more work to be done and gear up for early completion of PMGSY road from Chingai to Tusom CV via Challou village. He stated that this road is the only lifeline of the people and the authority concerned must ensure for quality and early completion before the monsoon sets in.
Headman of Tusom CV, Rathing Zimik informed that in 1978, their village was allotted a PHSC but was immediately shifted to another village. After 40 years, the wishes of the villagers have finally come true thus healing the old wounds and scars, he remarked. He informed that Somrah alone has 600 households and provides a good opportunity for trade borders. He lauded the initiatives of the MLA in bringing developmental works to the border areas. He thanked the government for providing drinking water supply at doorstep through PHED Ukhrul Division.
He also informed that the MLA has provided bed, tables, office tables and other materials for immediate functioning of hospital in private residence as a first aid response and contributed a sum of Rs.3 lakhs as fund for the development and welfare of students of Tusom CV. Rathing appealed the authority concerned to sincerely monitor the construction of road under PMGSY and look forward to early completion during the dry season.
Traditional folk dances were displayed during the programme. Famous Tangkhul artistes, Nimshimphi Muivah and Oshim Wo and local heartthrob Shimreingam Horam enthralled the crowd through their mesmerising performance and rendition of beautiful songs.
Later in the afternoon, Khashim accompanied by member of ADC Ukhrul, Wezope A Lohe, deputy commissioner, Harmit, SP, Worngam Ningshen, CEO of ADC Ukhrul, Polly Makan, SDO/BDO of Jessami, Nimri Khamrang, executive engineer of PHED Ukhrul Division along with various heads of department attended the ‘Go to Village’ mission held at New Tusom.
The MLA distributed gas connection to eight families, GI Sheet of five bundles each to six persons, 10 Sintex and 14 Tarbuline to various individuals and unions.
Wezope also distributed whiteboard, solar lamps, football and volleyball to nine primary schools of the neighbouring villages. Hundreds of villagers from neighbouring border villages attended the programme.