Editorial

Factors against progress

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/11/2018 11:23:31 AM IST

 Though development in Nagaland had undergone a series of changes during the past five decades or so, yet it has failed to maintain the desired momentum. There are various factors responsible in their own way and the net effect has led to progress grinding to a slow halt. Development concept comes to the fore and in line with the progress in human resource and the information and technology revolution. The challenges of change comes to meet the growing needs of increasing population, improvement of education and demands for more consumer goods. All these need scientific and specific strategies to ensure maximisation of results with optimum investments. Merely focusing on maintaining the status quo cannot lead to growth. There is need to spur growth in order to overcome the immense pressure for growth. Nagaland has been recipient of generous central funds from the late sixties and till the early 90s during which, development had swung from progressive to regressive. Whatever little progress has been overwhelmed and overcome by corruption and extortion, which have taken centre-stage. Infrastructures that were so taken for granted like good road connectivity, uninterrupted power, water and health services suffered as a consequence. The same fate has also befallen, the most vital and necessary infrastructures such as road communication and power. Nagaland has made some meaningful progress during the seventies to eighties in the era of peace and progress. It was largely due to the enthusiasm and commitment of the bureaucracy and the public’s intense desire to move forward along with the rest of the country. After the amazing progress, the pace gradually slowed down from the mid-90s when the system began to give in to various pulls and pressures and all of which resulted in loss of purpose and inadequacy in matters of management. After having tried its best to promote trade and industry, the state suffered on account of poor governance and this resulted in grinding halt to government corporations such as the paper mill, sugar mill, veneer mill while rumour and crime mills mushroomed. There are lessons to be learnt from these experiences. The failures have only added to the problem of growing unemployment which should be taken seriously, otherwise the problems will multiply. The problem of unemployment is not as scary as the sixty to seventy thousand registered as educated unemployed but the much greater number of unregistered drop outs and their finding ‘employment’ under various crime syndicates. The problem is also not only the lack of economic foundation, where no viable industry exists nor the fact that most of the unemployed lack basic skills that make them unemployable; the issue lies with the system. If employment is only about job then it goes no farther than saying that all those with jobs are productive and which would be like mistaking the wood for trees. What affects the economy is when the climate is vitiated and this calls for creation of a growth climate and removal of roots of extortion, lawless elements, corrupt system. Somehow and quite disturbingly, the current social syndrome seems to suggest that people have to pass through a few more decades while the refiner’s fire brings out the best. These, in effect, impede development instead of only lack of investors.

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