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Rio envisions Dimapur as satellite city of Nagaland
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 27 (NPN)
Published on 28 Apr. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio stressed on proper planning and development for expansion of Dimapur so as to make it into a satellite city of Nagaland since the topography of Kohima has limited the scope for expansion of the state capital.
Addressing his first meeting with the Dimapur DPDB at the DC’s conference hall here Tuesday, Rio said Dimapur being the commercial hub of Nagaland played a crucial role for the state and described it as the “stomach of Nagaland”.
The chief minister also reminded people on providing correct data for the state’s census operations (which is to begin from June1, 2010 and February 2011).
Rio opined that the current recorded census(2001) may have incorrectly projected Nagaland’s GDP at 9.6%, which he said, was higher than the national average and at the same time, also felt that the actual figure of Nagaland’s literacy rate could higher than the official figure of 67%.
The chief minister also said the proposed four-lane on NH 39 would be taken up from Doboka (Dillai gate) to Chumukedima via Dhansiripar while another highway would be taken up from Khatkhati to Patkai.
He also reiterated earlier statements on implementation of the 6th ROP for state government employees. He said state government has no fund to implement it and would appraise the prime minister and finance minister of the financial implications on the state.
Rio criticized the employees for not consulting the government before taking up agitation.
On the bogus teachers scam, he said “Nagas have gone beyond the limit……compromising the future of the children”. Rio said payment of salaries to the bogus teachers cost the exchequer Rs.25 crore annually and urged all to cooperate with the SVC so as to clean up the system.
On the proposal to change the nomenclature of Dimapur, Rio said Dimapur was not a Naga name. He said a committee has been set up to rename Dimapur with a suitable Naga name with the consensus of all public but added, there would be no imposition.
In the light of the government declaring 2010-11 as “The Year of Entrepreneurs”, Rio called for maximum number of genuine entrepreneurs be chosen from Dimapur. He said selection should be based solely on merit and nothing else.
He also disclosed that the state government would organize a Road Show in Dimapur where stalls showcasing the products of the entrepreneurs will be displayed.
Ongoing projects
1. New Market Complex –Rs 22.32 cr.
2. Dhansiri bridge (Old) – Rs 9.81 cr.
3. Urban poor housing – Rs 87.74 cr.
4. Shopping complex, Forest colony – 18.85 cr.
5. Road construction at Chumukedima – Rs 1.50 cr.
1. Road up gradation of Dimapur – Rs 26 cr.
2. New Market expansion – Rs 9.6 cr.
3. Five Star hotel in Dimapur.
4. Entrepreneurship Institute in Dimapur.
Clarifying to a query from Hewoto Awomi MLA, on exclusion of villages under Niuland from the GIS map, the chief minister said the matter was already with the Supreme Court and that Assam was directed to return the original boundary map to Nagaland.
He also said that the Border Affairs department has been set up to specifically address such issues.
The chief minister also lauded Dimapur Police for their tireless work in maintaining law and order and also urged GBs and village council chairmen to closely monitor residents in their respective areas.
Rio also remarked that the legislative and executive did not have any power over the judiciary. He opined that separation of the judiciary from the executive was creating more problem.
Raising the issue of deduction of 25% (Rs 25 lakhs) from the Local Area Development Fund (LADP) by K.L.Chishi and Hewoto of the Congress, DC Dimapur Maongwati said it was done as per guidelines of the government for a common pool.
The DC Dimapur also informed that Rs 50.40 lakhs was spent for Road & Bridges; Rs 17 lakhs for urban development; Rs 4 lakhs for waiting shed and some other projects in detail along with names of beneficiaries most of who are from a particular political party.
Rio also clarified that the deduction was a guideline from the government and a suggestion has been submitted to the state planning board to review and do justice about it.

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