Minister for planning and co-ordination, veterinary & animal husbandary, evaluation and parliamentary affairs, T.R. Zeliang inaugurated the district evaluation office building at Phek on October 9.
After unveiling the plaque, the minister thanked the administration for allotting the department a prime plot in the town area.
He called upon the department staff to be sincere in their duties and also to make the best use of the office to cater to the needs of the public.
The minister pointed out that unemployment is the biggest problem that the state faced today, with 50,000 qualified youth but jobless.
“The bigger problem lies in their job placement,” he said. Zeliang lamented the fact that some youth, even after availing government assistance for technical training and course look only for white collared jobs.
T. R. Zeliang asserted there was lack of work culture in the state and that people in the state receive salary even without working, unlike other parts of the country where the policy “no work no pay” is strictly adhered to.
In this connection, the minister called on the department to delve deep into the problems and issues confronting the people and present the report to the government so collective decisions would be taken to settle the case.
He stressed on the importance of evaluation department in attending all district planning and development board meetings so they can assess and study the performances as well as the problems faced by various departments and give vital suggestions to the government for further implementation of developmental programs and schemes.
Zeliang also said NREGA was an act passed by the parliament, adding, if misappropriation of funds was detected during implementation of the schemes, direct action could be initiated against defaulters.
“Huge amount of money is being pumped under NREGA and if properly utilized economic condition of the people can be elevated and poverty can be removed”, he added.
Further, the minister called upon the public of Phek to consider the office building as a public property, belonging to all so that it would be utilized for the benefit and welfare of the people.
Earlier state planning board deputy chairman, Neiba Kronu gave a short speech while evaluation director, Kevileno Angami gave the introductory remark and welcome address delivered by DEO Phek, S. Nyekha.
Vote of thanks was proposed by the deputy director evaluation, Peter Ovung. Besides various government officials and public, ADC Z. Nyusietho Nyuthe, and SP Phek W. Krome also attended the program.