Friday, December 2, 2022

Nagaland: Unresolved Naga issue impeding overall development: Rio


While expressing concern that Nagaland lagged behind in all areas of development as compared with other neighbouring states, Nagaland chief minister said this was due to the unresolved Naga political issue.
Rio’s lament over the unresolved Naga issue as the factor for stagnation of the state’s development came while inaugurating the Kezoma Urban Station at Kezoma Stadium, some 38 kms from the state capital.
Rio said that although Nagaland was created in 1963, it was lagging behind many States that came into existence much later.
He stressed unity among Nagas was essential for solution to the decades-old Naga political issue which would usher accelerated growth and development in the State. He expressed the hope that the issue could be resolved soon so that development could take precedence.
On the holding of Assembly election, Rio said that since India was a parliamentary democracy and Nagaland being part of it, elections have to be held even if the final settlement was either arrived at or delayed.
He said if final solution was arrived at, elections may be deferred to enable interim arrangements. During such a period, addition of constituencies, increase of seats in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and economic packages will be considered in case of a political settlement.
Rio also informed that funds had been released for construction of a multipurpose hall at Kezoma and that the Kezoma Urban Station is the first among the 13 urban stations that were approved by the State Cabinet on July 4 this year.
He explained that the need to install urban stations was felt as there were already three municipal councils at Dimapur, Kohima, Mokokchung and 36 townships in the State.
Rio cited the 2011 census which indicated that 50% of Naga population had migrated to urban areas, especially by the youth for education and other economic factors. This had led to realisation on the need for refocus on development and assured that the State government was making necessary upgrades to meet the demand.
He urged people living in both rural and urban areas to work hard in order to be self-sufficient and stay united to make way for development.
Rio also encouraged the people on the need to preserve and uphold traditional norms and values and for people to abide by the rules and regulations of urban areas with the upgrades to urban stations.
He noted that there had not been much progress in Kezoma area over the years even though it was on prime land.He hoped that with the upgrade, there would be economic growth in the area.
He urged the people to come up with a good idea on how to plan the entire area for accommodating maximum development and yet leaving enough room to grow. In this regard, he stressed widening of roads, after which other development works could be taken up.
Regarding 500 acres of land leased to Indian Army, Rio said that since the law and order situation had improved, presence of army personnel in the area had also been significantly reduced. He therefore, assured that discussions would be held with authorities so that the urban station would be able to utilise whatever land not required by the army.
He proposed that urban stations and townships should focus on entrepreneurship and business activities led by youth. Rio also advised people to practise self-employment instead of hiring others to do every work for them.
He suggested setting up of daily and weekly markets for people to sell their local produce so as to spark an economic boom.
He disclosed that sitting legislator of the area, Zale Neikha, also the Youth Resources & Sports adviser, had been proposing upgrade, though it took some time since there were procedures to be followed.
He assured that all legislators who accompanied him to the inauguration at Kezoma, would collectively work for development.
Earlier, Neikha thanked the chief minister for upgrading Kezoma into an urban station considering the immense hardship faced by the people. He said people of the area required government assistance for development as they were lagging behind.
He sought support from the government in this regard and hoped that development would pick up pace in the area with the upgrade.
Short speeches were delivered on the occasion by Sakhabama Village Council chairman (VCC) Viyol Thuphre, Kezobasa VCC Medovi Yongo, Kezo Town chairman Krocho Kiso, Kezoma VCC Kikrosa Naki and Angami Public Organisation vice-president (judicial) Zadeho Rikha.
The inaugural programme was compered by Petevi Mekro and Mhasivonuo Noho, while welcome address was delivered by organising committee convener Kroneicho Naki.
Invocation was pronounced by JBCC executive secretary Kehovi Tase and vote of thanks was proposed by organising committee treasurer Kedivi Mekro.

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