The Morung Express

Is local entrepreneurship the answer to the present economic dependency in Nagaland? Why?

Some of those who voted YES had this to say:

• Yes, it does offer temporary respite in our present economic dependency. At least it is easing the pressure on government jobs which have crossed saturation point.

 

• Yes, provided that the local entrepreneurs are not corrupt and not using short cut methods to promote themselves.

 

Some of those who voted NO had this to say:

• No, it is not a feasible solution. It is frustrating when our leaders encourage our youths to pursue entrepreneurship when they themselves do not provide good infrastructure and basic facilities to facilitate entrepreneurship. Just provide us with good roads, transportation facilities, uninterrupted electricity, and good IT & Communication facilities, and everything will follow suit. The lacks of these facilities incur huge losses for our entrepreneurs and discourage youths from taking up entrepreneurship. Of course, the issue of multiple taxations is also an issue but the losses are further aggravated by lack of good infrastructure and we end up being twice a victim.

 

• No. Not this kind of entrepreneurship. Today in our state there are actually only a handful of entrepreneurs. Most are government funded. Entrepreneurship is more than just doing business. It is a way of conducting business.

 

• No, because without good infrastructure the local entrepreneurs will not last long.

 

• No. The so-called entrepreneurs are mostly sponsored by the Government. How can they be called entrepreneurs?

 

Some of those who voted OTHERS had this to say:

• It’s because we Nagas have too many taxes from different organizations. For instance, one item taxing 11 times by different group plus police and other departments etc. So if the actual cost of an item is Rs. 100, we have to additional taxes around 75% extra + GST + transportation.