State chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Friday said government was striving to attain self sufficiency by 2020 and that department of agriculture and allied departments needed to work towards this end. Emphasising on the importance of adequate irrigation facility, chief minister urged the department to take up viable irrigation projects in the state as an answer to food security in the State.
He also lamented that department could not fully utilise Rs. 100 Crore set aside for irrigation last year.
Addressing the District Planning & Development Board at Peren Town Hall Rio said the state had high potential in food production and therefore, needed to create water body to irrigate the land, which was easier in a district like Peren because of the existence of community land and urged the people to declare reserve forest and also to ban hunting and cutting down of trees which could be done with assistance of forest department, agriculture department and other allied departments.
While pointing out the low literacy rate of 54% in Peren district which was still much below the National and State level, the Chief Minister assured the people that Peren district had high potential of attracting students from other parts of the State and accordingly he encouraged the people to strive for literacy and quality education.
While coming out strongly against bogus teachers, absentee teachers and proxy teachers, he stated that lost of some 25 crore of rupees by the State because of such teachers was not just losing the money but compromising with future of the children. Rio also stressed on importance of providing correct data in respect to production in the State.