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98% of villages in Nagaland have no access to banking facilities

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Report on Local Level Planning 2020 released

Kohima, August 25: Up to 98% villages have no access to banking facilities in Nagaland, 59% of villages have no medical facilities, only about 4% villages have access to public transport, 55 villages have no access to clean drinking water and 9 villages have no electricity.
These data, among others, released today by the State Directorate of Economics & Statistics reflects the neglect of rural areas in Nagaland over the years.
The survey report on local/block level statistics for Local Level Planning 2020 under Support for Statistical Strengthening (SSS), funded by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India, was released Tuesday by the Director of E&S Department, Y Sacheo Ovung.
Out of the 1238 villages under 74 RD blocks in 11 districts – recognized and registered under the State Rural Development Department for inclusive system of planning, 1237 villages were surveyed as one village – Dikoi village under Chümoukedima Block in Dimapur district – has been placed under suspension.
The survey report showed only 1.6% of the villages in the State have access to bank facilities while 1.7% of the villages have access to ATM booths.
There are 47 villages which have access to Government (NST) bus service while 204 villages have private bus service. Mobile network services are available in all the 1237 villages whereas only 6% of the villages in Nagaland are connected with landline facilities, the survey found.
Other key finding in the report is that about 41% villages in the State have sub-centre medical facilities whereas 0.6 % of the villages are having community health centre. 21 villages in the State (about 1.7%) have at least one private clinic/hospital and about 7.9% of villages have a Government veterinary health centre.
There are 1182 villages in the State which are connected with the PHED water supply, and public toilet facilities are availed by 48.6% of the villages, said the report.
Out of 1238 recognized villages in Nagaland, 9 villages is still living in the dark with electricity connection a distant dream. However, 1228 villages in the State have been electrified.
Another interesting finding of the survey was that Ekhyo village under Wokha Block is the only village in Nagaland not connected by road.
The survey found 1018 villages have separate playground facilities while 35 villages have indoor stadiums. 96 % of the villages have anganwadi centre and 1212 villages have fair price shop facility.
At the district level, Kohima village under Kohima District has the highest number of basic amenities in the State whereas Ronren village under Wokha District has the least number of basic amenities.
One interesting finding in the report was that in Wokha District two villages – Mithehe under Changpang block and Yanlum under Ralan block receive electricity supply from the neighbouring Assam State Government.
The survey data also showed that on an average Mokokchung District has the highest number of basic amenities available across the State, followed by Kohima District. On the contrary Kiphire district is the least district availing basic amenities.
Dimapur District has the highest number of medical and educational institution facilities whereas Longleng district has the least in both the parameters. Dimapur District has also the highest number of villages with 213 villages recognized under Rural Development Department whereas Longleng district has the least with 40 villages.
Mokokchung and Tuensang districts have the highest number of blocks with 9 RD Blocks each.
Earlier presenting a brief report on the survey, Joint Director of Economics & Statistics Department, Neidilhou Angami said the main objective of the survey was aimed to collect the major basic amenities available in all the 1238 villages for inclusive system of planning in the State.
Stating that many Government departments provides multitudes of benefits/programmes to the villages, he said the Village Development Board (VDB) which functions as an independent body makes every effort to plan and execute various developmental programmes for its community, while in the villages there are different organizations, khels and individuals who come forward to provide basic amenities to the villages.
All these benefits programmes and intervention need to be captured in the form of highly standardized statistical data and to accurately assemble it to have a unified village level database, he said.
As such in this survey, he said, the department has come out with 40 major basic amenities which are available in the villages targeting the survey dateline as on January 31, 2020 across the State.
The important survey findings is an outcome after a lot of thorough cross checking, comparison, analyzing, telephonic conversation with the respondents to clear any discrepancies and validating the survey data with the concerned Department administrative data to arrive at the final figures, he said.
In his address, Director Ovung said the survey on local/block level statistics for local level planning 2020 was conducted by the Department as proper and quality data is the prerequisite for planning at different levels.
“This survey report will be the most important document for all leaders to know whether the villages are enjoying the basic required amenities,” he said.
The Director called upon the officers and staff of the department and statisticians to devote time to provide reliable statistics to the Government because wrong statistics would be very dangerous. (Page News Service)