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Governor highlights state’s needs at NEC meet
Published on 8 Jan. 2009 1:32 AM IST
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Focusing on the poor infrastructure of the Northeastern region, Nagaland Governor, Sankaranarayanan referred to Nagaland where infrastructural facilities lagged behind in areas such as -road, air, rail connectivity etc and in particular, underlined the importance of massive road network. Addressing the 57th meeting of the North Eastern Council (NEC) Wednesday at New Delhi, Sankaranarayanan said roads were crucial for Nagaland for transportation of people, goods and services. He said road connectivity was essential to the economy for enabling entrepreneurs in agro based industries access markets outside the state. He described air connectivity to other states as “miserable” as it took one full day to reach Delhi from Nagaland. He suggested flight timings and services be properly planned by providing required passenger load so as to be economically sustainable. He also stressed on the need for expansion of rail facilities in the region so as to also benefit the people of Nagaland . Acknowledging the focus of Railways for Assam, Sankaranarayanan urged the NEC to take up with the Railways for expansion of rail services in other states, particularly Nagaland. “Timings of important trains like Rajdhani are most inconvenient for Dimapur. A little bit of initiative can greatly help students and common people who use trains” he added. The governor also said the North East Zone Culture Centre (NEZCC) Dimapur, of which he is the Chairman, has been striving hard to sustain cultural activities in the region. He requested the Chairman, NEC to consider contributing one or two crores to the corpus fund of NEZCC so as to strengthen it financially. He also suggested that the NEC consider supporting artistes and musicians of the region who have made a mark in the entertainment world, in particular in western music. States like Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland have produced many musicians and singers who have made a mark at the National and even International level. He said support for the talented musicians could help in creating an entertainment industry that can provide employment to many talented youth of the region. He also suggested that the NEC also study the concept implemented in Nagaland with regard to empowerment of youth so as to address the issue of job opportunities for the growing number of youth in the region. The Governor also urged the NEC to take a proactive role for setting up of the proposed Medical College at the Referral Hospital in Dimapur. He also urged the NEC to implement the proposed Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT) which were included in the plans of the Ministry of Higher Education for the region. He also said the state needed Nursing schools and institutions to train youth in hospitality sector which can create jobs for the youth. Stating that the Region has missed out on a holistic development plan for its eight States, he urged the NEC and DoNER to work hand in hand and ensure realization of the Vision for the year 2020. The region needed specific action plans and strategies to ensure that the overall goal and objective of a developed, progressive and vibrant North East was attained, he added .

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