Governor of Nagaland with the editors during the meet held at Conference Hall, Naga Bhavan Kohima on August 10.
Morung Express News
Kohima | August 10
Nagaland Governor PB Acharya who had recently appealed the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to extend all possible help for the State to overcome recent natural calamity caused due to incessant rainfall toady appealed every citizen of the State to donate generously towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
While lauding those who have been contributing towards the fund-in-aid for the people affected by the natural calamity, including MLA’s one month salary and a group of young students, he indicated only few people are contributing.
Acharya was sharing his views during an “Editor’s Meet” organised here today at Conference Hall, Naga Bhavan, Kohima.
The Editors and media personnel from the state were invited by the Governor to discuss some of his concerns for the state which he said they could play a vital role in disseminating information.
There must be at least five to six people who must have asset over 100 crores in Nagaland and many social and religious organisations, he said.
“Where are they?,” he implied, urging for cultivating altruistic feeling towards fellow human beings.
“People should stand in solidarity with the distressed affected people in the State and be part of the effort to support them in this hour of crisis.”
Even the Rajya Puraskar Award of the Bharat Scouts & Guides and young school students voluntarily contributed from their allowance towards the fund amounting to Rs 12,025 recently, he said asserting, “It is not the amount of money, but spirit that matters.”
We are human being first, and should help one another in need, Acharya noted.
“I have donated an amount of Rs One Lakh from my salary and also arranged for essential commodities like rice, dal, refine oil, sugar, tinned milk and tea leaves to be distributed to the needy at Kiphire district,” he added.
The State Government machineries, Acharya said, are making all out efforts for restoring damaged infrastructures and relief and rehabilitation.
Strong ILP & NRC with a twist
Meanwhile, the Governor advocated for a strong system set up to check “illegal migrants” in the State in the interest of the people of Nagaland.
“We should also have a strong ILP system. The State should be vigilant to check the influx of ‘illegal migrants’ declared by Assam at the wake of the publication of final draft of the NRC,” he asserted.
No foreigners should be in the final list, he affirmed though disagreeing with the notion of “detect, delete and deport.”
Acharya, however, reiterated that any immigrants who leave their home country due to religious prosecution should be “welcome” and settled anywhere in India.
It does not matter whether they are Buddhist, Christian, Hindu or any other religion, he said.
Bank unwilling to go the interiors
Touching upon the topic of financial inclusivity, he said that there are hardly any branches in other Districts of the State apart from Kohima and Dimapur and people in rural areas are unaware of the banking facilities and schemes provided by the Government through banks.
The Governor also noted that on 5 banks including Nagaland Rural Bank, Nagaland State Co-operative Bank Ltd, UCO Bank Central Bank of India and United Bank of India responded to the call for opening branches in rural areas after he meet 20 Bank representatives at his official residence on February 9, 2018.
Divyangjan needs certification
Citing the recent Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) contention that population of persons with disabilities in the state is approximately 29631 but only 6392 are issued so far, he urged for special camps for certification and issuance of disability certificates to eligible persons so that they are able to avail the schemes, programmes and benefits meant for them.
Besides, the Governor noted that Nagaland with all its natural beauty, unexplored forest, scenic view and hospitable people makes a very favourable condition for tourism to boom.
Certain issues, however, including improvement of road conditions and to identify attractive tourist spots and create clean and proper wayside amenities including pure vegetarian restaurants along the National Highways, need to be corrected, he said.
The State Tourism department can also introduce “Know Your Nagaland” tour covering all districts of the State for local tourist. This will encourage the locals to discover their own State as well, he said.
Construction of a memorial for Subash Chandra Bose at Kohima has also been discussed at the Government level, he noted.
The Governor also noted that various welfare schemes and programmes for the upliftment poor by central and state should be conveyed to the common people.
The media could play a vital role in disseminating information regarding these schemes and programmes to the targeted beneficiaries, he added.
All districts must be developed equally
Batting for the development of Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organisation (ENPO) areas, Acharya said that the “The fruit of Independence should reach equitability to all places and people.”
For any society to progress there must be all round development for Nagaland to develop and progress and be at par with the rest of the Country, all districts of the State be developed equally, he said.
The Governor also informed that he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include Mon district, apart from Kiphire, under the Aspirational District Programme launched in January 2018 with an aim to quickly and effectively transform and develop the selected district.
He also called for more health and other camps in the eastern districts.