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Make best use of local resources: Rio

(L-R) State minister for urban development and higher education, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu; chief minister Neiphiu Rio and parliamentary secretary, industries and commerce, K.C. Nihoshe at the inaugural programme of I&C directorate office.
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Published on 3 Jul. 2009 1:03 AM IST
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Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio Thursday said that there was a need to identify locally available resources and raw materials and make the best use of it for growth of industrialization. He said department of industries and commerce was a key player in generation of activities of trade and commerce, and urged the youths to come forward and avail the self employment schemes and entrepreneurship provided by the government. Speaking at the inaugural function of new directorate building of industries and commerce, the chief minister said Nagaland had not yet acquired Industrial Revolution, Green Revolution or White Revolution due to various deficiencies and negative mindset of the people. Pointing out that many industrial and entrepreneurial units end up their work after getting grants and subsidies, Rio said: “our industries have failed because of our mindset.” He challenged the youths to take up industrial works and make an impact in the state. Rio further informed that Government of India would set up two Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Nagaland: the Multi Product Special Economic Zone and Agro Food Processing Special Economic Zone. He expressed hope that with the success of the SEZ in the state, the department of Industries and Commerce would change the social and economic landscapes of the state. Congratulating the department for the completion of its new office building, Rio said that new building should be a starting point for the state to take up Industries and Commerce seriously. “No country can become rich or prosperous without Industries and Commerce” he said and expressed hope that office would be a real working place to promote industries and commerce in the state. State minister for urban development and higher education Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu, who was guest of honour for the programme, stated that industry was a system of economic development and queried whether the Industrial Revolution had reached Nagaland. He pointed out that Nagas were yet to identify their priorities to industrialize Nagaland. He underlined the need to depend on genetic industries with proper planning and close coordination among the different government departments. The minister added that with industrial planning more on the genetic line involving human intervention, the economy would increase and unemployment problem reduced. Dr. Shürhozelie further maintained that progress in the field of industries was not satisfactory, and stressed the need to create awareness in the mind of the beneficiaries of how to utilize the help extended by the department for the growth of state economy. State parliamentary secretary, industries and commerce Dr. KC Nihoshe, in his address lauded state chief minister for his initiation in building the complex. He called upon the people to join hands in bagging the state government for all round development in the state. Stating that Nagas have the capacity to do big, Nihoshe appealed to the state contractors association to take up major activities and develop the state. Giving a report, director of Industries and Commerce Er G Keppen said that I &C directorate office was one of the biggest offices in the state with the least expenditure at an estimated rate of Rs. 22.5 crores. He apprised that the building comprises 78 rooms including a conference room and canteen and 12 common toilets and 19 rooms with attached toilets. The contractors included Vilalie Khamo and K.C. Angami, while Richard Belho architected the building. Earlier, commissioner and secretary, industries and commerce Imkonglemba delivered welcome address while additional director industries and commerce Er. Thekruneituo Kire gave vote of thanks. The programme was chaired by state chief secretary Lalthara.

 
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