Minister for Planning and Coordination T.R. Zeliang on Friday called upon district planning officers to check reality by going down ground level and provide proper information to the state. He urged them to keep their district profiles in their “finger tips.”
Addressing the general conference of Nagaland State Planning Machinery at Hotel Japfü, the minister said effective planning of the state depended a lot on its field officers. He asserted that plans should be concentrated for the welfare and interest of the people. Stating that Planning Department was an important department which could shape the state, he said duty of officers should look into depth of every department in their respective districts.
With proper planning from the department, he said serious issues such as climate change could be handled. In this process, he said officials should make best use of technology.
Commissioner and secretary, Planning I. Himato Zhimomi pointed out that department should go back to grass root level, and asked DPOs to do more reporting on the activities of their respective departments. He said that planning machinery would be benefited if officers get insights of their districts and should lead all other departments in dealing with climate control and its related issues. Zhimomi further urged officers to think about innovative ways to finance the plan schemes of the state. Additional chief secretary and Development Commissioner, Alemtemshi Jamir pointed out various issues confronting planning machinery in the state. He said all planners should know that there could be no planning without accurate statistics of state’s population. He asserted that DPOs were given serious exercise in dealing with upcoming census. Jamir said the corrective processes of planning and development will have to start with correct census. Development Commissioner also challenged the officers to make the upcoming road show in Peren district the best road show by creating an impact in the minds of the people.
Short speeches were also delivered by Temsuwati, additional development commissioner, E.Yanthan, joint development commissioner, Ketoho Luho, DPO Kohima. The programme was chaired by Aolemla, joint development commissioner.