In what marked a graceful end of its five and a half year old tenure, the Ukhrul Autonomous District Council (UADC) Chairman Dr Yaronsho Ngalung went on an inauguration spree, dedicating different projects taken up under the district council in several villages on November 29-30.
On November 30, the date the extended term of UADC and five other ADCs of the state expired, UADC chief inaugurated a newly-constructed building of the new Sinakeithei Primary School at Sinakeithei village and a recreational structure at Ringui village under 15-Ringui DCC.
Dr Yaronsho Ngalung was accompanied by UADC Vice Chairman M Isaac, Executive Member N Wungreiyo, Spokesperson Thanchipem, Member Khayinghor and a team of departmental officials of ADC including Additional CEO Gladies, Inspector Howung Ronnui and others.
“With the inauguration and establishment of this new school, now this facility is yours. All pending requirements including toilets, rain water harvest facilities would also be provided very soon, along with teaching staffs. I appeal to you all to optimise its benefits,” Dr Yaronsho Ngalung told the villagers while inaugurating the newly established primary school at Sinakeithei village, situated about 70 km south-west of Ukhrul district headquarters.
He said that he had also instructed the ADC administration to look into the requirements and process for necessary arrangements to commence functioning of the school from the next academic session of 2021-22.
The school building was constructed by ADC Ukhrul under State Fund 2019-20. He also inaugurated seven link chain fencings constructed in the village.
Deviating from the topic, Dr Ngalung mentioned that ‘the present tenure of the six ADCs is ending today, November 30, as per the State Cabinet decision’. “We don’t know as yet what decision the State Government will take after this date. But there is also an intervention from the Manipur High Court which has recommended that the tenure could be extended for another six months or till the elections are held,” he continued adding that it was nevertheless up to them (government).
It maybe recalled that the state government extended the tenure the ADCs for six months on account of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic after it expired in May this year.
According to the ADC chief, the present ADC Ukhrul has done whatever they could during the last five and a half years of its term. “We acknowledge your support and cooperation to us throughout the term despite our various shortcomings. We have done many things and there are many more which we could not. And if given another chance, we will put our heart and soul to accomplish them,” he pleaded.
He said that among the unfulfilled tasks of the ADCs included power devolution, pension provision for ex-councilors, separate budget allocation for ADCs and others.
Meanwhile, dropping hints about the impending ADC elections, he said that Naga Peoples Front (NPF) is the only political party that stands for the rights of the tribal communities. “While everyone hankers for economic package, development and the likes, but that is not the solution to our multi-pronged issues. We need to first establish our identity, it should be our priority. And I urge you all to ponder over this,” he advocated.
Later in the evening, the ADC chief inaugurated the Recreational structure at Rationtang in Ringui village. The facility was constructed by ADC Ukhrul under 15th MFSC (Untied Grant) 2020-21 of the district council.
Earlier on 29 November, Dr Yaronsho Ngalung also inaugurated a similar new primary school building at Hoome village under 7-Kachai DCC.