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Govt with new devp initiative: Rio

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio takes salute in Kohima.
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 15 (NPN):
Published on 16 Aug. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio announced that the state government has come out with new initiatives in tune with the new paradigms of development, while addressing the 64th Independence Day celebrations at the Secretariat Plaza here Sunday.
According to the chief minister, the innovative police initiates introduced would be people-friendly technologies such as e-modop and e-governance which have made the state as one of the forerunners in the country.
Asserting that communitization of some vital sectors of social services like education, health, power etc has met with success, Rio said “ It is heartening to note that our unique initiatives are being recognized … and also being studied by other neighboring states.” Rio’s nearly 36-minute speech also included statements on according priority to agricultural activities and allied sectors where the new focus would be on improved connectivity through agri-link road and increase in food productivity.
In the veterinary sector, Rio said that a total of 134 entrepreneurs taking up piggery and goatery from 11 districts were assisted for breeding and production of meat.
He said fishery mission was also being launched during the current financial year to develop sustainable fisheries and aquaculture to foster self reliance.
In the forest sector, the chief minister said Joint Forest Management Committees have been set up in 573 villages so far in all the districts to take up greening activities through community participation. An additional area of 1000 hectares is being taken up for bamboo plantation to ensure sustained supply of raw material to Tuli Paper Mill.
Rio also announced that the World Bamboo Organization, in collaboration with the state government would be holding the celebration of World Bamboo Day at Kisama from September 16 to 18. He said the international event would give a boost to the efforts of Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency in developing the rich bamboo potentials as “a resource” and as “an enterprise.”
In rural development sector, Rio said that the department has taken up several development programmes for rural people through participation of the village community. He revealed that 3.2 lakh jobcards were issued and 284 lakh mandays generated last year and during the current year it targeted to issue 3.35 lakh jobcards and generate 335 mandays under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Rio said the rural development department had recently signed a MoU with Geodesic Company to install bio-metrics system for maintaining records and payment of wages to job card holders under the NREGS to achieve total transparency.
On road and bridges, the chief minister said the department has undertaken an exercise for coming up with a detailed road map which would be a useful tool in planning for roads and in the state.
In the power sector, he said harvesting on power potentials, up-gradation of power stations and improvement of in transmission systems were given high priority. Rio also said that rural electrification programme under Rajiv Gandhi Vidyutikaran Yojana(RGGVY) was in good progress and aimed to cover all the villages across the state.
On higher education , Rio said that the department has directed all secular colleges in Nagaland to establish an “Internal Quality Assessment Cell” as a measure towards creating quality consciousness in the institutions. He said the new focus in this sector was to create awareness on the need for imparting “quality education.” The chief minister said special initiatives were being undertaken in the educationally backward blocks of Eastern Nagaland by setting up 11 Model Schools and Girl’s Hostels.
As part of youth empowerment and capacity building efforts, Rio said the state government, in collaboration with the Carver Academy of Civil Aviation, was in the process of setting up Aviation Institute at Dimapur to provide training facilities for pilots as well as aircraft maintenance engineers. The institute was also being planned to develop it into a regional level institute in future. Rio also disclosed that seven students selected under the corpus fund were undergoing training in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh to become commercial pilots through the government’s assistance.
The chief minister said 14, 319 people have been sponsored since 2003-04 under the Chief Minister’s Corpus Fund, 8,048 for capacity building programmes and 6,271 for establishing self employment ventures. Ten students under CM’s Corpus fund for vocational training in Singapore and five students for job oriented training with CMC (Tata Company) at Kolkata were also sponsored with a view to capacity building and creating employment opportunities.
Notwithstanding severe financial constraints, Rio said, the state government decided to implement the 6th Central Pay Commission recommendations in the state where more than one lakh state government would get financial benefit. He hoped that the state government employees would redouble their commitment to work for the cause of improved delivery of public services.
He said the law and order situation in the state has improved considerably and lauded the “tireless efforts” of the civil administration, state police, army and para- military forces in maintaining the law and order in the state.
Rio said that the state police has been further reinforced with the recent induction of two more Indian Reserve Battalions – the 14th NAP (IR) and the 15th NAP (IR) (Mahila Battalion) providing 2000 job opportunities to the youths.
He disclosed that the capacity and efficiency of the state police was also being upgraded through improved training, better mobility and procurement of modern arms and that equipments and implementation of police modernization program was in full swing.
Touching upon the census operations 2010, the chief minister expressed satisfaction that the first phase of the census operations which ended on July 15 has been successfully completed in all the districts. He congratulated the census department, the DCs and other officials associated with census for the timely completion of the 1st phase.
To encourage the people to come out with correct household and population figures, Rio said the government has decided that the present level of VDB households grant would not be reduced in any manner.
The chief minister said that the government has included representatives of tribal Hoho as members of District Planning and Development Boards with the objective of enhancing people’s participation in the process of governance and development.
Stating that the task of taking the state towards peace and progress was arduous but achievable, Rio called for resolve and steadfast commitment to build a peaceful, vibrant and progressive Nagaland adding “the challenges we confront are not insurmountable.” He urged the people to rise above their differences and to together build the state of “our dream.” “Let us transform our inherent strengths and natural endowments as engines of economic growth and progress and be a proud partner in the great task of building a strong and united India,” the chief minister added.
Rio unfurled the national flag and took the salute presented by 27 parade contingents.

CM appeal to UGs
State chief minister Neiphiu Rio reiterated the appeal to all underground groups to listen to the voice of the people, to rise above their differences, and work towards the common goal of achieving permanent peace in the state.
“We must always keep in mind that peace and the well being of Naga people stands above all else,” Rio said. He said the DAN government was committed to bringing peace and prosperity to the state and therefore the foremost priority was to find an honourable and acceptable solution to the “Indo-Naga” political issue. The chief minister reminded about the formations of the Joint Legislators Forum and Joint Working Parliamentary Committee which had convened meetings with ex-parliamentarians, civil societies, church leaders and resolved to work for understanding and oneness of Naga society. Rio said that the “process of inclusiveness” was a must in the way forward and that the legislators forum aimed to take the views of all sections of Naga society to the negotiating parties.
(More Independence Day reports inside)

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