DIMAPUR, APR 9 (NPN): Chief minister Neiphiu Rio lamented that the 2001 census report was fake and admitted that the state had committed a double entry error. It may be mentioned that the state had recorded a decrease in population with -0.47% decadal growth since 2001.
Pointing out that the state was the only one in the country with a decrease in population from 19,88,602 (2001 census) to 19,80,602 (provisional census report 2011), Rio said no prospective plans could be made without a proper census. “Census has to be correct to build a bright future,” Rio said.
The chief minister was addressing the inaugural session of the 24th Biennial conference of Angami Students’ Union which was held at Sovima village ground on Saturday.
Lauding the census director V. Hekali Zhimomi IAS and her team for the exercise, Rio also extolled the role of the people particularly the civil societies, churches, and students for extending their cooperation in bringing out a more appropriate census.
Lamenting on the 60 years of the unresolved Naga political struggle, Rio said that the issue continued to hinder the progress of the Naga Society upto an extent. He pointed out that both the British and the Indian government had recognized the uniqueness of the Nagas in the past through passing of the Regulating Act of 1772 and Article 371 (A). However, Rio regretted that the Naga people have failed to recognize themselves and instead created disunity. Asserting that there would be no progress without unity among the people, he urged the students’ community to facilitate in promoting peace and harmony among the Nagas.
Underscoring the need for inculcating banking culture, Rio informed that the government was bringing out polices to introduce banking to the people. He said utilization of banks should start right from student days and urged the students to open bank accounts which he emphasized were necessary for a progressive wellbeing. He also informed that within a period of six months time, more than 50,000 people would have opened their bank accounts on the initiatives of the government. Speaking on the “Re-orienting priorities,” the CM called upon the students to imbibe the work culture so that they do not become liabilities but rather contribute through their own professions. Talking about the literacy rate of 2011 census, Rio said that the increase in literacy rate to 80.11% has shown the progress made by the state educationally. Earlier, the chief minister released that Hudi Sewe.
Other highlights of the programme included special numbers from Zadima Students Union and Sovima youth.