Nagaland minister for planning and coordination Neiba Kronu on Thursday stressed the need for the government and the church to consult each other on policy matters.
He said the church and the government institutions work closely and even consult each other sometimes in policymaking in many places around the world.
Minister Kronu said this while addressing the inaugural programme of the residence of the state chaplain at the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) Convention Centre in Kohima.
“The time has also come for our state to consult each other in policy matters,” he added.
Kronu said the role of the NBCC and the legislator is almost the same as both strive to work and guide the people in the right direction.
He reminded the council to work towards accomplishing its promise made many years back to send out 10,000 Naga missionaries across the world to spread the gospel.
The minister expressed gratitude to the NBCC ministry for lending a full-time chaplain for the legislators and their families for their spiritual growth.
Saying that the state chaplain’s residence was long overdue, he said the residence is a token from the state government for the tireless service rendered by the chaplain ministry.
Rev Mechiehol Savi said there is a unique ministry called chaplain ministry in Nagaland, which is meant for the MLAs and their families irrespective of their political affiliations.
He said although the state and the church are different entities, both work for the welfare of the people and make every effort to make Nagaland a growing state in all aspects.
The minister hoped the chaplain ministry will grow and meet the needs of the leaders, especially for their spiritual needs.
The additional chief engineer of PWD, Lopongol Angami, said the residence was constructed at an estimated cost of over Rs 1.2 crore and that the project has been completed two months ahead of the scheduled date.