Kohima: Former Nagaland Chief minister SC Jamir, on Wednesday, said that shifting of the Dimapur district Headquarters can unify Nagas of Nagaland. He believes that this would make different tribes inhabiting the town, develop a sense of belongingness and ownership of Chumukedima.

Joining volunteers in social work to clean up the compounds of the District HQ Complex, Jamir elaborated on how during his tenure as Nagaland Chief Minister, his Cabinet had decided to shift the district HQ to Chumukedima. This was mentioned in a release from the Sovima Village Council Chairman and former Officer on Special Duty (OSD).

The social work was organised by the Chumukedima Circle Chakhro Public Organisation and was attended by around 200 volunteers from the neighboring villages, it informed.

“Just as Kohima District HQ is located at Kohima, other district HQs are located in Naga towns with Naga names. Dimapur is not a Naga name and we must remember that even the British rulers located their HQ at Samagooting (Chumukedima), and not at Dimapur,” the veteran leader said.

It quoted Jamir as saying “Since Nagaland is considered a hill state, we thought it would be appropriate to situate the District HQ on the slopes of Chumukedima. However, after I left state politics, it is good that the state government decided to shift the location to the present site because it has more space. In fact, it is a sprawling area with vast potentials for further development unlike the present location near Assam border.”

“The Government has spent so much to construct this magnificent complex and there is no reason why the public should oppose shifting of the HQ to this site. Moreover, we must remember that the District HQ, wherever it is located, does not belong to a particular community – it belongs to all permanent inhabitants of the district,” the former CM added.

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Jamir also said that the people must do away with the idea of tribalism from their minds and treat the Nagas as a family. 

As a local resident of Chumukedima, he urged all residents of the area to develop a feeling of belongingness rather than just being dwellers there. He also urged the youth to pressure the Administration to come up with a proper plan and design for the town.

“We must have a blue print for the future. And we must start with wide roads, proper drainages, water supply, Parks for recreation, good schools and colleges and good hospitals in the area,” he said.

Further, Jamir urged citizens of the locality to make Dimapur’s Chumukedima, a model district HQ for the people of Nagaland, as and when it is shifted to the proposed site. 

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