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NLA session: Gov highlights projects implemented by depts

DIMAPUR, FEB 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/12/2021 1:18:56 PM IST

State Governor RN Ravi, while addressing the seventh session of the 13th NLA on February 12, highlighted about various projects implemented by the departments.

Rural Development: Governor said department had been implementing several major development programmes for the rural people through 1285 VDBs in the State and under MGNREGS, during the current financial year. Out of the approved labour budget of Rs. 200 lakh person days, 152.72 lakh person days have been generated till date, he said.

Among others, Ravi also said that under PMAY-G against the fund received, 1316 Houses were earmarked to be constructed in the State and in NSRLM the key achievements during the current financial year has been facilitating behaviour change among rural population towards Community Preparedness and Resilience to COVID-19 through SHG network covering 1,14,463 households in all the intensive villages across the State.

School Education: Following the closure of schools in the state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and imposition of lockdown, he said the School Education department took the initiative of implementing online digital education since March in the state to ensure that students do not suffer. He also said the department developed ‘online students evaluation portal, online school monitoring system, Teacher’s app and teachers’ online transfer portal and ensured that the teaching-learning activities were effectively carried out. Ravi also informed that the decision on resuming classes for lower classes will be taken in due course of time.

Power: Ravi said Centre sanctioned Rs 42.18 cr under DDUGJY-NEW (Phase-II) scheme, for construction of new power sub-stations, electrification of un-electrified villages and village intensive electrification, metering of distribution transformers and feeders in 12 districts of Nagaland.

And to strengthen the transmission ability in the state, he said the capacity of the sub-station at RESS Nagarjan, Dimapur, was upgraded from 100MVA to 200MVA which was officially commissioned on December 9, 2020. The department would be further developing 220kV downstream connectivity from 400kV substation at Zhadima (Kalpataru) to the State owned 220kV sub-station at Zhadima which would greatly improve power stability in Kohima, Kiphire, Phek & Wokha districts in particular and the whole state of Nagaland in general. The project is scheduled for completion by March 2021, he said. 

Road: With road sector being of the most important aim of his Government, Ravi said Nagaland PWD (NH) has taken up 1095.56 kilometers National Highways out of the total of 1507.88 kilometers of NH existing in the State and it were carrying out several road improvement and widening works. The NH-2 from Botsa to Tsungiki Bazaar (km 40.00 to km 101.00) and from Yisemyong to Unger (km 168.0 to km 185.00), about 78 kilometers in all, were widened and strengthening of existing pavement for 173.46 kilometers on NH-2, NH-702B & NH-702A were also in good progress, Ravi informed.

Further he said during the current financial year 2020-21, improvement works of the city portion of Dimapur (New Field Check Gate to Patkai Bridge via Purana Bazar and Chumukedima = 17.3 KM) has been completed successfully while also tenders for awarding of work for widening to two lane road from Tsungiki Bazaar to Izheto Village (km. 101.00 to km 125.00) on NH-2, and strengthening of NH-2 from TCP gate to IG Stadium (Km 0.00 to Km 6.00) are underway.

PHE: Ravi said the PHE department under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), had provided 61 habitations with 100% Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) with a total of 41,203 FHTC provided in the State till date. 

Further, a total of 1,46,826 FHTC in 466 habitations are  planned for coverage with drinking water supply under JJM during 2020-21 while under Rural Sanitation (Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) the Department has completed the construction of 13,751 units of Individual Household Latrines (IHHL), 140 units of Community Sanitary Complexes (CSC) and covered 62 villages/habitations with Solid & Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) units. 

Transport: Governor said the Transport department had increased its fleet by inducting 20 new buses in during 2020-21. Besides other Covid-19 related duties, he said the department also played a significant role in the fight against COVID-19 by deploying over 80 buses to ferry the returnees to their respective District Head Quarters and within their Districts.

Women Resources: Ravi said Women Resources department took up production of face masks on a significant scale thereby creating a source of employment during the time of pandemic for skilled unemployed women in and around Kohima during 2020-21. He said the department plans to take up new initiatives under the Transformative Livelihood Intervention (TLI) Project and under the Integrated Development-cum-Resource centre, Dimapur, to cover more women entrepreneurs as well as rural and marginalized women in the State.

Sc &Tech: Ravi said Science & Technology department constructed a 50-seater Digital Planetarium and an Innovation Hub at the department’s complex premises. Among other things, the department plans to finish installation of equipments at the newly constructed Planetarium & Innovation Hub, carry out science popularization programmes at district head quarters and continue assisting the rural high schools by providing science equipment kits.

NRE: Ravi in his address said New & Renewable Energy department had completed trial run for Tsutsung Small Hydro Power (1MW) along with construction of 33kV transmission line for evacuation of power from Tsutsung generating station to 132/66/33kV sub-station at Aolichen, Mokokchung. The project for the same is expected to be commissioned by the end of the current financial year.

He added that the department was undertaking a program of distributing solar study lamps to government school students up to 12th standard under the namesake scheme and that so far 24,000 units had been distributed so far.

Geology & Mining: Ravi said the department is carrying out Seismic micro-zonation of Greater Dimapur city in collaboration with NEIST, Jorhat and NSDMA. It is targeted to be completed by 2021. The objective of this study is to establish data for sustainable urban planning and earthquake hazard mitigation measures, he added.

DUDA: Ravi said the Department of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA) was implementing the ‘Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) & Minimum Support Price (MSP) and development of value chain for MFP’ under TRIFED, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, from 2018-19. Under this scheme, 380 SHGs under 38 VDVKs have been formed thus benefitting 11,400 households. And that the department was actively involved in elevating the livelihood of farmers and Minor Forest Produce gatherers.

  

Tourism: As the State has been greatly affected by the covid pandemic, he said the Tourism department has outlined several strategies for the revival of the industry and to make Nagaland an eco-adventure, rural tourism destination and also promote it as a ‘Safe Destination’.

IT&C: Ravi disclosed that Information Technology & Communication department developed Online Platforms for various departments including Higher Education, Technical Education, School Education, Home department, Employment, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship during the current financial year to enable information sharing, monitoring, analysis, planning, financial assistance.  Among others portals, he said the department developed Covid dashboard where latest information on the pandemic was provided to  more than 18,39,281 visitors till February 4, 2021. 

Employment, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship: Governor R. N Ravi said the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, and the economic disruption that followed, brought out starkly the vulnerability of the State in terms of food sufficiency and further led to massive layoffs and many of the Nagas were employed outside were forced to return. He said it was challenging to create job opportunities for thousands and therefore with a view to devise responses to these economic challenges, a Strategic Committee for Economic Affairs headed by chief minister was constituted and subsequently a core group consisting of experts and other stake holders was formed to work out strategies and plans to strengthen the State’s economy.

Accordingly he said the Core Group formulated an economic road map with an integrated Convergence Action Plan to revitalize the economy and has initiated action on the various plans formulated by the Group giving special focus to sectors like up-gradation of facilities in health care, education, youth resources and sports while also re-skilling and gainful employment for the youth was given major focus.

Agri: Governor Ravi asserted that the department of Agriculture through its schemes and various interventions was consistently making efforts to provide the requisites for improving agricultural production and income of the farmers. Ravi said the foundation stone for construction of Farmers Hostel at the same location was laid Under PM Kisan, all together 2,13,613 farmers were registered as on February 4 out of which 33,097 were registered during 2020.

The total amount received by the farmers till February 4 was 216.08 crores he said adding that the Agri & Allied Department as a pilot project has taken up the Naga Model Integrated Settle Farming (N-IsF), with a dedicated expert Working Group drawn from all the Agri & Allied Departments.

Horticulture: Governor Ravi said the department with a view to strengthen the post-harvest management and marketing sector in the State has initiated works for the construction of 240  functional pack houses, 250  Low cost preservation units, 15  collection, sorting and grading units and 1 unit each of pre-cooling unit and cold room. Under Phase-III of Mission Organic Value Chain for North Eastern Region (MOVCD-NER) which was from 2020-21 to 2022-23, the department has targeted the formation of 6 Farmer Producer Companies (FPCs) covering 3,000 hectares for crops such as Dragon fruit in Dimapur, Avocado in Kohima, Apple in Kiphire, Spices in Wokha, Ginger in Mon and Banana in Mokokchung covering 500 hectare area each.

Vety: Ravi said the Veterinary department was planning to provide 80,000 chicks, 3300 goats and 6728 pigs to the farmers with a view to boost meat production in the State. Further implementation of 138 poultry units and 148 piggery units is in progress under RKVY to provide subsidiary income to the farmers and also boost meat production in the rural areas.

 

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