Kiphire district plans for SDRF, skill development, and elections

Kiphire district plans for SDRF, skill development, and elections

In a pivotal meeting held on 15th May, 2024, the Kiphire District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) convened to address critical issues, with a strong emphasis on the urgent need for deploying State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel in the district.

The meeting, chaired by Deputy Commissioner Temsuwati Longkumer NCS, brought together various department heads and officials to chart a course of action for the district’s development and disaster preparedness.

Recognising the devastating impact of recent extreme weather events on Kiphire, the DPDB unanimously agreed to present the pressing matter of establishing an SDRF presence to the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for approval.

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The members acknowledged the crucial role that swift response and preparedness play in mitigating the effects of natural disasters, making this a top priority for the district.

During the meeting, the DPDB also celebrated the successful completion of the ‘bamboo handicraft’ training programme, conducted under the Aspirational District Programme. DC Longkumer distributed certificates and toolkits to the participants, encouraging them to apply their newly acquired skills in creating essential daily-use items and generating income for self-sufficiency. This initiative highlights the district’s commitment to promoting skill development and empowering its residents.

The Principal of Zisaji Presidency College emphasised the significance of the internship programme, which aims to provide students with hands-on experience in various departments and offices. After extensive deliberation, the board agreed to sign an MOU with the college, and the DC urged all Heads of Offices in the district to support the students during their internships.

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The Superintendent of Police stressed the importance of educating students on becoming law-abiding citizens throughout their internship experience, underlining the district’s focus on fostering responsible citizenship.

The DPDB also reminded all Heads of Department in Kiphire to submit their latest Department Profile to the District Planning Officer (Planning) by 5th June, 2024, ensuring that the district’s development plans are based on up-to-date information. ADC Robin informed the heads of offices to prepare for the upcoming Urban Local Bodies elections in 2024, highlighting the district’s commitment to democratic processes.

The meeting welcomed two new members, Dr. R. Wapang Imchen, Chief Medical Officer of Kiphire, and Aosanen, Technical Assistant (Skill Development and Entrepreneurship), whose expertise will undoubtedly contribute to the district’s development initiatives.

Reviewing the minutes of the previous meeting, the members discussed the upgradation of Yangphi Government High School to a Higher Secondary School. The concerned department was directed to identify a new location for the school, as the current site is not suitable for the additional infrastructure required for the upgradation.

The proposal for constructing a security fence around the office of the Chief Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Service was deferred to the next meeting, indicating the DPDB’s meticulous approach to decision-making.

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The Kiphire DPDB meeting showcased the district’s proactive stance in addressing critical issues, particularly in strengthening disaster response capabilities and promoting skill development among the youth.

As Kiphire continues to face challenges posed by extreme weather events, the establishment of an SDRF presence and the implementation of various development initiatives will be instrumental in ensuring the well-being and resilience of the district’s residents.

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