Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio addressing the monthly Kohima DPDB meeting and felicitation programme of the elected members to the NLA under Kohima was held on April 16. (Morung Photo)
Morung Express News
Kohima | April 16
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday stressed on the need to improve the economy of the state.
“Life is all about economy. We are hardly contributing 2 percent of the GDP growth,” the Chief Minister said while addressing the monthly Kohima DPDB meeting and felicitation programme of the elected members to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly under Kohima. He said Naga people should strive to produce efficiently for one’s own consumption.
The Chief Minister also shared concerned on the increasing unemployment and the lack of dignity while asserting that Nagas are living beyond their means while surviving on other people’s labour.
Proper implementation of schemes
Questioning the (lack of) proper implementation of schemes in the departments, the Chief Minister cited the example of the Horticulture department where in an earlier meeting with the department, the CM had discussed on the progress of the department.
“Horticulture department is not progressing but diminishing. The department’s performance is coming down,” said Rio pointing out the failure to properly implement schemes. The Chief Minister was of the view that villagers today are taking benefits of the schemes without implementing or producing results.
“There are too many schemes in the village, the villagers are confused. Many villagers today are taking the benefits of schemes. They tend to grab all the opportunities and once they get the benefits they give up and they shift to another.”
Create ‘visible’ assets
Being the capital district, Kohima will have more responsibilities; therefore the Chief Minister appealed the members of the DPDB to be proactive. Emphasizing further on the hazards of monsoon season, he noted that all the citizens should clean up the city before monsoon begins.
The need to work together and clubbing up with other departments was emphasized. “We must create assets which is visible and which can be of public utility,” the Chief Minister stated.
Earlier, highlighting briefly on the last DPDB meeting held on March 5, Kohima Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Soundararajan, Vice Chairman, DPDB Kohima stated that the last meeting focused on the pre-monsoon preparedness while recalling experiences during the last year’s monsoon season where major roads between Kohima and Dimapur and other areas were cut off posing severe hardship to the commuters and the citizens.
The meeting requested the concern line department to take necessary measures to avoid any eventuality in the coming monsoon season. The various committees constituted under the DPDB for the year 2018 to 2019 were also approved, namely the core committee, adoption village/ward committee, verification committee.
Present at the event were, Dr. Neikesalie Nicky Kire, Advisor, Rural Development, R. Khing, MLA, Keneizhakho Nakhro, MLA, who also expressed their gratitude. The introductory remark was presented by Zale Neikha, Chairman DPDB and Advisor, Youth Resources and Sports.