Nagaland’s Tourism and Higher Education Minister Temjen Imna Along, known for his witty and hilarious posts on social media, shared a funny video on Saturday in which he was seen struggling to get out of a shallow water body despite being helped by three people.
He used the prank to advise people to check a car’s NCAP (New Car Assessment Programs) rating before buying to know the safety standards of the vehicle.
In a post on X, the Minister said, “Aaj JCB ka Test tha! Note: It’s all about NCAP Rating, Gadi Kharidney Se Pehley NCAP Rating Jarur Dekhe. Kyunki Yeh Aapke Jaan Ka Mamla Hain (Before buying a car, definitely check the NCAP rating. Because it is a matter of your life) !!”.
In 2022, the Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) introduced new protocols to test the safety standards of cars being manufactured in India.
While India now has its own car testing programme, Bharat NCAP, numerous cars on sale here have been tested by Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) under its ‘Safer Cars For India’ campaign.
In the video, as the minister struggles to get out of the water, he is seen being pushed by one person from behind, while two others try to pull him out.
However, Imna Along keeps slipping because of the wet mud. The minister also stops in between, but after a few more attempts, he finally emerges out of the water body.
He then goes on to thank the people who helped him. The video has garnered some 4,000 likes on X.
This is the latest post by the minister in which he tries to share issues of concern but in a creative way.
In December 2023, he met badminton legend Prakash Padukone and gifted a locally sourced organic pumpkin to actor Deepika Padukone. Imna Along connected the gesture to the Bollywood actress’s role as Mastani in the film ‘Bajirao Mastani’, implying a recognition of Nagaland’s special vegetables.
The organic pumpkin is a staple in Nagaland.
In the same month, the minister shared a video portraying practical learning in schools, showing each student with a type of vegetable placed on their desk. As the teacher approaches them, they are prompted to identify each vegetable by its name.