Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Rio stresses on privatization, says govt cannot run business

Staff Reporter

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio reiterated that government was not into running business which should be left to the private parties, entrepreneurs, business community while the role of the state government should be as facilitators to guide, train and help them.
Rio said this while addressing the inaugural programme of the Working Women Hostel (WWH), Walford area Dimapur on Saturday. Citing examples of advanced countries, Rio said government policies were only to facilitate enterprises and where every economic sector from the smallest to the biggest were privatized.
In the context of Nagaland, Rio said it was time for Nagas to change their mindset that the government should own everything and control everything
He also maintained that Nagaland was predominantly a salaried economy; fully dependent on the state government and also a consuming and not producing society. Rio also challenged mindset of Naga leaders on how instead to train and promote young entrepreneurs. He also exhorted youth to take up the challenges in setting up enterprises.
He noted that people were more inclined towards criticizing policies and plans but reiterated that efforts towards doing good for the welfare of people should be welcomed. He also recalled that during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government (1998-99), disinvestment policy in India was introduced for the first time and considered it as one of the most visible and benefiting policy. He said as against an estimated Rs. 5000 crore disinvestment proceeds, the amount jumped to Rs. 9000 crore.
Dwelling on the recently inaugurated WWH, Rio congratulated the department for successfully completing the building and considered it as an important initiative taken by government of India.
He said the hostel was housing for urban women living in poverty and would accommodate single working women, widows, divorced women, and single women with children.
With the huge urbanization in the state, Rio expressed hope the hostel would come handy, consisting of 51 units. He also expressed appreciation of Northern Angami Public Organisation (NAPO) for providing their land for the construction of the hostel.
He also acknowledged the pioneers of Northern Angami Public leaders who had far sighted vision for its people.
Delivering a short speech, president, NAPO, Zeneituo Yano expressed happiness that the land belonging to NAPO was being utilized for something fruitful and beneficial for the welfare of Nagas.
He however lamented on how certain section of people were unnecessarily bringing up hostel related issues without knowing ground realities and context.
Yano also said such unnecessary allegations (purportedly made recently by a political party) were unfortunate and but which will not succeed in a civilised society.
Yano later expressed gratitude to the department and informed that any issues between the state government and the land donors would be resolved amicably.
Meanwhile, delivering the technical report, Executive Engineer Municipal Affairs, Er. Theruovituo Pienyu, stated that the project was sanctioned on March 30, 2016 and completed at an estimated cost of around Rs. 9 crores. He stated that the three storied building has 51 rooms, with additional facilities such as waiting area, pharmacy, doctor’s room, indoor game area, special room for disability, etc.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by principal secretary Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, I Himato Zhimomi, invocation and dedicatory prayer offered by pastor Angami Baptist Church, Northern Angami Colony, Vilasetuo Suokhrie and vote of thanks offered by addl director & HoD Municipal Affairs, Solesul Tholre.
Among those present included adviser Urban and Municipal Affairs Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, Sovima, advisor Sericulture, Excise & Minority Affairs Zhaleo Rio, NPF legislator Khriehu Liezietsu and principal secretary K.D. Vizo and other dignitaries.

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