Editorial

Need to go forward

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/21/2019 12:19:54 PM IST

 A welfare state which has created a symbiotic system between rulers and administrators and cronies cannot go beyond the few instances of success and notable as they may seem, yet when there is no money circulation with public then surely questions can be raised about where all the money is going? Except those few hundred crore rupees that change hands within the government system each month, there is hardly any financial transaction in the public sector. Many among the present generation in Nagaland are certain that decades of bureaucratic experiment have continually veered away from long term objectives. Nagaland’s economic development has not kept pace but has slipped back and today the economy has been grounded. The economy runs on money circulated when government releases bills. Besides that, very few have money. This makes all talks of the ‘potential’ come apart when tested and thus, suggest that the impressive policies and visions do not relate with the ground reality. The much-hyped potential in organic farming is yet to be felt in a big way. Despite all the talks and promises, Nagaland needs to take a serious look and study how Sikkim, a tiny state with harldy 7 lakh people, has done wonders with eco-tourism and is the first state to be ‘Organic State’. Organic farming is widely practiced in Nagaland which has rich top soil and beneficial climatic condition. Dimapur, Kohima,Tuensang and Mokokchung districts to name a few, are suitable for growing varieties of vegetables and fruits. To achieve the desired physical attributes, adequate research needs to be undertaken to develop fast growing varieties of vegetables to promote export. Since most of the produce are seasonal, fruit preservation has to be thought of in order to preserve the items. Even in such matters as attempts to woo investments from outside, the government seems to live in a dream . First the ground work needs to be laid in promoting economic enterprises. In the case of promotion of tourism, recognized as a viable employment generating activity, the state government has to relate it with a persistent strategy to create the environment and not merely relying wholly on the Hornbill Festival. Many youths have been inspired by the economic visions spoken of and seek to be active participants. Imparting skills that are honed in for employment may not be the cure for the ailment. There has to be trust and confidence upon the government in laying a level playing field and not promoting favouritism. Unless something tangible is done to address this issue, the consequences on society can only be imagined. The practical aspects of skill development would need to be calibrated towards a symbiotic relationship with education. These two are essential for a larger people’s participation in development. There is also need to ignite the engine of collaborative governance and stewardship, which is the government’s call. In the end, economics at both micro and macro levels, are contexts seen in societies that have latched on the current of economic momentum. The plea of promoting economic development must not lead to creating of a privileged section as this has been self defeating. A genuine approach can only come out if there is willingness to correct past errors in policies and visions.

 

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