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Sun, 16 Feb 2020

Northeast Today

Mother-daughter’s dream project a reality after 15 yrs

Mother-daughter’s dream project a reality after 15 yrs
January 21
08:53 2020

NET Bureau

It took more than 15 years for a mother-daughter duo to see their dream project, a swimming pool meant for the public in Nagaland, become a reality.

The foundation stone for the swimming pool, built under sponsorship from the Union Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and the Nagaland Department of Youth Resources and Sports and co-sponsored by the Nagaland Youth Gymnastic Club, was laid way back in 2003 by the then Nagaland Governor Shyamal Datta.

Toshirenla Jamir, in her 50s, and her mother Anila Jamir, 79, conceptualised the project and started working on it in 2003. Since laying of the foundation stone, they have been running from pillar to post in New Delhi and Kohima for funds to build the pool for youths, sports persons and the public of Nagaland.

Almost 80 per cent of the project is complete. The two have applied for more funds from the Centre as well as Nagaland government so that the swimming pool may be dedicated to the people soon.

Toshirenla, who is also the president of the Nagaland Youth Gymnastic Club, said the swimming pool will charge a nominal fee of Rs 250 per year per head.

The Miss Nagaland 1981 and a social worker, Toshirenla did her masters in political science and is the recipient of the National Youth Award 1995-96 and National Mahila Pragati Award 2002. She is also the president of the Nagaland unit of the All India and South East Asia Mahatma Gandhian Workers Federation.

Nagaland’s Minister for Higher and Technical Education and Tribal Affairs Temjen Imna Along inaugurated the swimming pool located at Fellowship Colony here on Sunday. He lauded Toshirenla and Anila for their perseverance and zeal for opening the swimming pool after toiling for more than 15 years.

Urging the people to work for welfare of the society, he stressed that Nagas should be known for their hard work and Nagaland for human resources. Nagaland should not be known for violence and intolerant culture and should be in the forefront as a prosperous state, he said.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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