23 Oct : A two day Pochury Gazetted Officers Forum 9th general conference programme cum seminar began at Village Council hall Meluri on 23rd October 2008 on the theme ‘Awakening’. Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Art & Culture and Law & Justice Yitachu graced the occasion as the chief guest.
Giving a clarion call to all the PGOF members Yitachu said that each member should give their best in performing and discharging responsibilities and duties. Any member in a society should never be discounted but we are all like different parts of a body, which makes the body whole, he said. It is the bounden duty of each one of us to uplift the name and prestige of the Pochury community in the community of bigger Naga society, he added. He lauded the Pochury community stating that though it is a small and minor tribe, it has been able to keep pace in its own small level vis-à-vis other communities. In the field of educational advancement ‘we have been so far keeping a good average’, he said and added ‘we have to keep in mind that we are racing against time and therefore we cannot afford to rest on our laurels and little achievements but we have to keep moving continuously with the present competitive times’.
On communitisation of education, Yitachu called on village leaders for necessary action and steps on errant, proxy and irregular teachers, saying that when teachers neglect their duties it amounts to crime against the society as well as being against Christian principles. ‘There can be no compromise on our educational quest but we have to only go for the best’, he stated.
Yitachu called on the PGOF to work for unity of the Pochury people, not forgetting our people living in Myanmar and for which he called for a concerted effort so that in the year 2009 the Yemshe festival would be celebrated together at Meluri and also to make the occasion more historic and befitting.
Pochury Public Forum President, Chülekhu in his short speech called on the PGOF members to work for educational, economic and social uplift of the community. One should lead by example and practice and at the same time we have to work for unity for the sake of posterity, he said.
The inaugural session was chaired by BDO, Meluri, Zhitho Nyuthe and the welcome address was delivered by President, PGOF, Akho Leyri. Pastor MVBC, Rev. Chithosie led the invocation prayer while the benediction was pronounced by Pastor, Meluri Town Baptist Church, Rev. Tivisie. The vote of thanks was delivered by Language Ofifcer, Zerüsie Nyusou. A special number and a folk song were also presented on the occasion. Besides PGOF members Village Council Chairmen, Head GBs, VDB Secretaries and representatives of Pochury Public Forum, Pochury Students Union, Pochury Mothers Association, Pochury Youth Association and PSA attended the function.