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Analytical vision

25 May. 2017 11:35 PM IST

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. This is the economic condition of Nagaland. A growing number 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 ‘potential’ so much spoken about have come apart when tested and thus, suggest that the impressive policies and visions of the state do not relate with the ground reality. However, that may not be totally correct since the potentials of the people, their land and resources still have very good potential for growth to spur economic progress. On this score, organic farming is the next best option. It 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. For the time being, the potential promise from oil business remains still owing to various problems. Even coal mining is mired in several controversies besides exacting serious damage to the environment. Even in such matters are attempts to woo investments by business houses from outside, the onus fall on the government to lay the carpet or provide whatever incentives or security etc. In the case of promotion of tourism, which is recognized as a viable employment generating activity, the state government has to relate it with the ground reality instead of spending crores of rupees to put up some annual show that ultimately becomes reduced to a showpiece. Unemployment is a serious issue and no sacrifice is enough to ensure that the upcoming generation are not pushed to the sidelines and even compelled to take up unlawful activities. 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. Unless something tangible is done to address this issue, the consequences on society can only be imagined. According to National Mission for Skill Development there is urgent need to train millions with skills as India currently faces a severe shortage of well-trained, skilled workers. 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 realistic approach can only come out if there is honest admission of past failures of policies and visions.

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