President – Droupadi Murmu Lauds Nagaland For Significant Progress Along Various Developmental Parameters; Calls For Women Empowerment 

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President – Droupadi Murmu hailed Nagaland for making tremendous strides along various development parameters and called for the full participation of women to ensure the state’s holistic growth.

Citing Nagaland as the safest place for women in the nation, the President noted that the literacy rate among women in the state is higher than the national average, indicating the high respect given to the women in the Naga society.

She urged women of Nagaland to come forward and get more involved in public life. “If women are empowered, there would be more development in society,” she stated.

The President attended the civic reception hosted in her honor by the Government of Nagaland and virtually inaugurated/laid the foundation stone for various projects related to education, road infrastructure, and the financial sector at Kohima on Wednesday.

Addressing the occasion, the President remarked that infrastructure development is a significant parameter for the growth of a state.

She mentioned that the ‘Act East Policy’ initiated by the central government focuses on the overall development of the North-Eastern Region.

Murmu expressed confidence that roads and bridges under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) inaugurated today will give a new boost to the connectivity in the region.

The President said that the dynamic youth of Nagaland is immensely talented and creative. With a literacy rate of over 80 percent, the skilled young men and women of Nagaland, well-versed in the English language, are working in IT, hospitality, and other sectors across India.

She expressed confidence that new initiatives related to schools and hostels for girl-children, Eklavya Model Residential Schools, and the smart classrooms project will offer further impetus to education in the state.

“Nagaland can be truly proud of institutionalizing its traditional mode of local self-governance through the Nagaland Village and Tribal Councils Act of 1978. The Village Councils and Village Development Boards serve as modes of decentralized governance all over Nagaland,” – she noted.

She was happy to note that Nagaland has introduced the pioneering concept of Communitisation to build a partnership between the government and the community for the effective management of the public sector institutions to improve service delivery.

Pointing to the fact that about 70 percent of the agricultural practice in Nagaland is traditional and organic, the President said that the whole Northeast has the potential to become the organic food basket of the country.

High-quality agro and horticultural products of Nagaland have great demand in the market. She was happy to note that three agro products – Naga tree tomato, Naga cucumber, and Naga Mircha – are G.I. tagged.

Murmu reiterated that the opening of Naturally Nagaland outlets provided a new platform for local entrepreneurs, farmers, and weavers to sell traditional handicrafts and handlooms, beautiful Naga shawls, and varieties of organic products. The President said that there is tremendous potential for tourism in Nagaland.

“The Naga tribes are known for their vibrant culture and rich heritage that exemplifies our motto of ‘Unity in Diversity’. Songs and dances, feasts, and festivals are an intrinsic part of Naga life. The Hornbill Festival has become a popular platform for capturing and showcasing the colorful and beautiful culture of the state,” – the President further added.

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