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State facing dev deficit, Chaturvedi calls for public-private-partnership
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, MAY 1 (NPN)
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Published on 2 May. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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Appreciating the rich cultural traditions of the Naga people, the Planning Commission of India (PCI) member B.K Chaturvedi Saturday said Nagaland should first focus on economic development beside festivals.
Chaturvedi, who was addressing the second day of the state road show cum Moatsu festival as chief guest, also said that Nagaland was going through a massive development deficit and that it has to be bridged.
Hoping that the celebration would start a new era in the growth of Mokokchung town, the planning commission member underscored the need to have more roads, more power lines and power plants, more schools, more hospitals and more industries and more people involved in both private and public jobs, which, he said could bring about economic development.
He pointed out that celebrations alone cannot bring about change in the society, and therefore the Mokokchung chapter of the state road show and launching of “year of entrepreneur” was a good indication towards community development.
He expressed his hope that this initiative would promote the industrial set up, the services sector and gradually expand to other areas of development.
He said that the planning commission of India has looked upon and prepared a strategy on questioning the inclusive growth.
Also, advocating that one cannot grow when large segment of people grow at a higher rate and other segment left behind, the PCI member said all segments of society should be incorporated.
He said that a uniform growth was possible if large public investment took place in the region which have development deficit.
Stating that India has a great development agenda, Chaturvedi assured to meet state’s in-charge at the commission to expedite the needs of the state to meet challenges.
The planning commission member also said that North-East should go for investment in public-private-partnership basis for more development work.
“Since public invest has been sufficient, the states should opt for public-private-partnership in a big way in different areas of both physical and social developments,” he said.
Chaturvedi, who looks after North-East in planning commission, feels the region lags in many areas and NE states needed continued public investment to catch up with the rest of the country.
Appreciating people’s “quest for growth” and their eagerness in taking ownership of public assets, Chaturvedi, who visited a tourist village was impressed with the functioning of village development board (VDB) in Nagaland which manage the rural assets.
Not only the government of India but even the United Nations had recognised the institution of VDBs of Nagaland and the planning commission also suggested other states to emulate this model of rural development because under this participatory approach the villagers decide what they want and take ownership of the assets.
The two-day long event witnessed series of extravagant activities by cultural troops from the district and neighbouring states. A good number of tourists from south-east Asian nations and Europe also participated. Stalls, setup by local entrepreneurs, NGOs and self help groups (SHGs), showcased and sold their products.
Later in the evening, culminating the festival, the fashion and music and the Naga Idol ‘5.10 will be formally launched by the Minister R & B, PWD Kaito Aye as the chief guest. Moatsu festival, the premiere festival of Ao Nagas, is celebrated every year after seed sowing to invoke God’s blessings for a bountiful harvest. (With inputs from PTI)

 
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