Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Don’t practise habit of only drawing salary: Khumo


Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Evaluation, Economics and Statistics adviser L Khumo reminded the State government employees about the importance of attending offices regularly and not to practise the habit of drawing salaries without attending offices.
Speaking at the inauguration of Evaluation Directorate building below Civil Secretariat here on Thursday, he stressed that attendance was vital for the government employees, while insisting that they should also not practise the habit of drawing salaries without going to office.
He acknowledged contractors and people involved for completing the building on time. He remarked that people often assumed that Evaluation Department was a small department without much work. He however asserted that no department or job was small as it contributed equally to the welfare of people.
Khumo remarked that no matter how big or beautiful a building was, if employees did not perform their duties, there would be a mismatch between the building and performance. Hence, he also stressed on performance.
He appealed to the employees to inculcate a healthy work culture, work effectively and efficiently to make the department shine.
In his keynote address, director I Sentinuklu Jamir informed the gathering that the Evaluation Department was established on October 14, 1968 under the administrative control of Planning & Coordination Department and thus had completed 54 years of its existence.
He disclosed that so far the department has published 67 evaluation reports, including two in reports in 2022 – on Swatch Bharat in Wokha district and functioning of private hostels in Mokokchung – while three more were in the process.
Jamir also highlighted major activities on the department, including a proposal to set up Evaluation Resource Centre in order to facilitate the progress of capacity building. He revealed that the department was also trying to create awareness at the grassroots level on the importance of sanitation and conducting orientation programmes covering all districts, including the two new districts of Niuland and Tseminyu, while in the remaining two, it would be done after financial sanction.
He also presented the construction technical report and recalled that construction of the new office building started in 2015 at an estimated cost of Rs 4.98 crore and initially funded under Special Plan Assistance (SPA) with a first instalment of Rs 73 lakh.
However, with the change in Planning Commission’s nomenclature and working system, NITI Aayog discontinued the fund and the State government was provided Rs 1 crore each in 2016 and 2017, adding that a loan of Rs 2.60 lakh was also obtained from Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO).
For additional work and for completion, he said additional fund of Rs 1.73 lakh was sanctioned in 2021-22 under Phase II and the total cost of the project went up to Rs 6,47,20,000. He admitted that due to the financial constraints, it took nearly seven years for completing the building.
Additional director B Rendysowa Ao chaired the programme, while Nounenuo Kense presented a special number, vote of thanks was proposed by joint director A Anden Moklong and benediction by M Pithungo Ngullie.

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