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Nagaland Governor: Peace Pre-Requisite for Economic Growth

Nagaland Governor: Peace Pre-Requisite for Economic Growth
January 27
14:20 2016

Nagaland governor P.B. Acharya on Tuesday while stressing the need of peace in the state said that peace was a pre-requisite for economic growth and social well-being of the citizens.

Delivering his message during celebration of 67th Republic Day at Nagaland secretariat plaza, Acharya said the framework agreement signed between the government of India and NSCN (I-M) on August 3, 2015 was a momentous development that deserved to be welcomed by all. Calling upon everyone to support the peace process for a permanent solution, which Nagas have struggled for long, governor reminded that decades of insurgency and associated violence have affected people psyche negatively.

He said people of the state must not allow the past to overwhelm them anymore. Governor also urged the NSCN (K) and other groups to leave the path of violence and return to the negotiating table, which was the desire of the people. Stressing on the agriculture sector, governor said state has been growing at more than 6% annually and during 2015-16 the state was expected to achieve production of 6.8 lakh metric tons of food grain production with productivity level of 2,270 kg per hectare.

He also informed that department of horticulture has secured geographical indication registry (GI) for the Naga tree tomato.
On transport sector, Acharya informed that to provide proper infrastructures for helicopter service in the state, construction of helipads has been taken up at Doyang, Kiphire, Mokokchung, Pughoboto, Tizit, Tuensang and Tuli. On the school education, governor said the department was taking up the exercise of rationalization of schools and posting of teachers. He said the exercise in Longleng, Peren, Mokokchung, Kohima, Zunheboto and Kiphire has been completed and the remaining districts would be covered by February 2016. Acharya disclosed that recruitment of teachers under RMSA has been completed for 111 upgraded government high schools and posting of headmasters/assistant headmasters would be taken up shortly.

Governor informed that the central government was in the process of reviewing the non detention policy and in Nagaland the department has initiated for performance evaluation of students from the academic session 2016. Acharya said 12 colleges in state have been accredited by the national Assessment and accreditation council (NAAC) and during 2014-15 the department of higher and technical education has disbursed Rs.33.54 crores in matri scholarship to 48,688 students online.

The Governor said under the ‘digital India’ program the department of information technology & communication has launched Mobile Seva, Online Public Grievance Redressal System and Online Post Matric Scholarship. He further added that the application for NPSC examination has been made fully online with online payment facility. He also informed that Nagaland Science Centre at Dimapur has now 3D theatre installed with the support of National Council for Science Museum, Kolkata.

Governor said Nagas have also excelled in various sporting events. He said the Lok Sabha MP and Life Member of the Nagaland State Bharat Scouts & Guides, Neiphiu Rio was honoured with the prestigious Silver Elephant award on 8th December, 2015 by the President of India for his contribution to the movement.

Referring to rubber plantations in the State, the Governor said during the current year, 5,000 hectares of new plantation have been added by the department of land resources, thereby increasing the total developed area to 15,000 hectares. The annual production of rubber is increasing steadily, and was now about 3,000 metric tons, he said.

Governor pointed out that the department of sericulture was implementing Integrated Sericulture Development Project in all districts, covering an area of 800 acres under Mulberry, Eri and Muga and two sericulture farmers Atoi Zhimomi from Henivi village, Dimapur and Kevielie Medom from Chedema village, Kohima were recently conferred with the National Award by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, which was a matter of pride for the State.

Meanwhile, adding colour to the 67th Republic Day celebration, an MI-17 helicopter of 110 Helicopter unit, Kumbhignam showered rose petals over the Secretariat Plaza ground from the air. The captain of the flight was squadron leader, Ashray Negi and co-pilot was flight lieutenant, Preet Tomar.

Other entertainment programmes included bhangra dance by the 78th Bn CRPF which was followed by Naga cultural folk dances by the Ao, Lotha and Khiamniungan tribes. On the occasion, governor launched the state disaster response force under the home department (disaster management) and the disaster management personnel displayed the demonstration on how to tackle during emergency. Later, after the formal programme, the governor inaugurated the exhibition and visited the various stalls put up by the various departments of the state.

Altogether, 21 parade contingents participated in the Republic Day Parade with parade deputy commandant, 4th NAP, Kenesa Dawhuo as the Commander and 4th NAP assistant commandant Tumchobemo Yanthan as Parade 2nd in-charge. The programme was attended by chief minister, ministers, MLAs, host of dignitaries, government officials and others, however, the public turnout was low.

-Nagaland Post

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