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District level TOT trg underway

(L-R) Chairman of NKVIB, Dr. Nicky Kire, Parliamentary Secretary, RD and REPA, S. Pangnyu Phom, Minister for Planning and Coordination, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, T.R. Zeliang, Commissioner and secretary, RD, V. Sakhrie and Director of SIRD, Limasenla J. Longchar during the inaugural function of training under BRGF and NREGS at SIRD, Monday.
Correspondent, KOHIMA, October 14:
Published on 14 Oct. 2008 12:11 AM IST
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Minister for Planning and Coordination, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, T.R. Zeliang, on Monday said guidelines for schemes and programmes should be reviewed and addressed properly. Stating that implementation of schemes differ according to geographical sectors, he said that assessment of critical guidelines was the need of the hour. Pointing to the large-scale immigration of the rural people to the urban areas and towns, he also said that schemes and projects implementation on population wise may not give the real picture of facts and realities. Addressing the inaugural programme of District Level Training of Trainers (TOT) under Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) of SIRD and NIRD Off-Campus training on NREGS at SIRD, T.R. Zeliang stated that the Central Government should be informed with accurate facts for proper formulation of programmes and economic growth of the state. In this regard, he urged the trainees to give proper profile of their village or blocks, go in the right perspective and be realistic in their approach. He asked them to be cautious in their survey, stating that wrong reports would mislead the Government. He further stated that the BRGF and NREGS were the right platform in the state to improve the economy and rural population per capita income. Parliamentary Secretary, RD and REPA, S. Pangnyu Phom, who was the guest of honour for the programme, said that many programmes under the Ministry of Rural Development had failed to make an impact in Nagaland in the past due to lack of adequate trainings and knowledge about the schemes. He stated that it was time people realized the importance of training for successful implementation of development programmes. As NREGS are found to be the best employment programme in providing livelihood security to rural households, Phom stated that it should be implemented as per the act following the operational guidelines. A special development package for backward districts, BRGF is to fill the infrastructure gaps. For effective implementation of BRGF and NREGS, Phom emphasized on regular training and capacity building of all VDB secretaries, line department officials, stake holders and other grass root level functionaries. He further added that the general masses should participate in the development processes and be trained on the programmes. In the capacity building process, he said that focus should be made on both physical and social infrastructure gap to develop a positive attitude where development process can become faster. Dr. W. Phola Konyak, Sr. lecturer, SIRD and Dr. Suresh Babu, NIRD Hyderabad gave brief course outline of BRGF and NREGS. Director of SIRD, Limasenla J. Longchar gave the welcome address while joint director, SIRD Veluo Shijo proposed the vote of thanks. Commissioner and secretary, RD, V. Sakhrie chaired the function. About 38 trainees will participate in the two months TOT under BRGF and six days NIRD off campus training at the SIRD. Introduced by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj during 2006-07, the BRGF covers a total of 250 districts across India. The Fund accommodates Tuensang, Mon, Wokha, Kiphire and Longleng in Nagaland. The BRGF is designed to redress regional imbalances in development and bail out the backward districts from their present status. The first phase of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NRGES) was launched in Mon district of Nagaland along with 199 districts across the country. The NREGS provides at least 100 days of waged employment to every rural house-hold in a financial year.

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