Nagaland: Tseminyu dist officially inaugurated; CM brands it "historical" dist

Tseminyu: The 13th district of Nagaland, Tseminyu district, which was notified on December 20 last year, was officially inaugurated on Thursday by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in Tseminyu.

Thousands of Rengmas, young and old, gathered at Rengma Sports Association ground at Tseminyu to celebrate the inauguration of the new district. 

The inauguration ceremony began after the chief minister unveiled a monolith at the deputy commissioner’s office complex to mark the district’s inauguration, in the presence of the lone legislator from the Rengma Naga tribe, R Khing, Advisor to the department of Animal husbandry & veterinary services, woman resources development. 

Addressing the gathering, Rio branded the new district as a “historical district”.

“The Rengmas in Nagaland are a small tribe. But the contributions made for the Nagas and the Naga society is huge. The rich history of the Rengmas fills our hearts,” Rio said. 

Recalling the historical contributions of the Rengma Nagas, Rio said the contributions made by the tribe to the Naga society overrides the size of the tribe. He advised the community to maintain a museum-like-hall and keep a record of the contributions made by the ancestors of the tribe for the present and future generations to carry forward the legacy. 

The chief minister also said the state government has categorized three categories of districts: big, small and medium. He said that government officials will be equitably assigned to the districts and advised the district to forward its priorities that require immediate intervention from the state government as he assured to bring about development to all the districts in Nagaland.

Tseminyu is the 13th district of Nagaland out of 16 districts. Dr Zasekuolie Chüsi, DC of Tseminyu district, informed that there are 39 villages and three unrecognized villages in the district with a population of 56,108.

The literacy rate in the district is 81.71℅ with a sex ratio of 1022, as per 2011 census. The district at present has two administrative headquarters and one notified township with two RD blocks. 

Meanwhile, Khing said that under CM Rio’s leadership, change has indeed come as developmental progress is visible across the state. 

Commenting on the creation of the district, Pollem Tep, president of the Rengma Hoho, said that the upgradation of Tseminyu to that of a district has turned a calamity into an opportunity for the Rengmas. 

Health minister S Pangnyu Phom urged the Rengma Nagas to become role models to the other districts. He advised the people of the district not to be a hindrance to developmental activities, especially related to land issue which has been a major blockage to infrastructural development across Nagaland. 

Mmhonlumo Kikon, advisoe IT&C, NRE, science and technology, urged the community to continue maintaining cordial relationship with its neighbours. The creation of the district, he said, has been a long cry embodied by the spirit of every Rengma. 

MLA Yitachu commented that the creation of the district is a foundation of justice. He urged the Nagas to be united and stand together.

Rovilatuo Mor, commissioner of Nagaland, urged the community to refrain from serving ultimatums with deadlines while putting forward its demands to the state government.

Cultural performances, music, band display, etc., were displayed during the inauguration ceremony to mark the occasion. 

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