Change mindset to develop: Guv

Change mindset to develop: Guv

Kohima, August 10: Nagaland Governor P B Acharya today emphasised on the need for change of peoples’ mindset from that of ‘slavish of the British legacy’ to make the State developed and prosperous.
Interacting with the Editors of local dailies, radio, television and national news agencies at Raj Bhavan, the Governor was of the view that both print and electronic media should play an important role in changing the mindset of the people by disseminating Government schemes and policies through their writings.
Asserting that Raj Bhavan will be the ambassador for development, he said “everyone, who is empowered with education and the media should play a dominant positive role in changing the mindset of the people”.
“We have inherited a slavish mindset from the British legacy to be a very obedient servant of somebody, but that mindset has to change”, he said.
In this, the governor while maintaining that education is the foundation for development, said that Nagaland has five universities while some of the major colleges can be deemed to be university.
Recalling that in 2014 when he took office as the Governor, Nagaland had 300,000 graduate, Acharya said now the stress should be towards changing the mindset from conventional degree to skilled degree.
On the recent natural calamities faced by the State, the Governor appealed every citizen of the State to donate generously towards the Chief Minister Relief Fund. “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,” he said.
‘Illegal immigrants’
On Assam’s National Register of Citizens, Acharya said, “Nagaland should also have a strong system set up to check “illegal migrants” in the interest of the people of the State.
“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 said.
‘Tharoor’s comment’
On Shashi Tharoor comment on Naga headgear, the Governor said ‘diversity should be respected’. He said that Tharoor’s comment has hurt the sentiments of not only the Naga people but the whole of North East in general.
The entire region is, as the rest of the country, proud of its rich culture and traditions, he said adding that Nagaland is a State of rich heritage and culture and the country is proud of the colourful traditional attire of Nagaland.
“Such a statement from a highly qualified person, who also represented the people of India is extremely regrettable and unacceptable,” he said while demanding that the Tharoor must apologise to the people of Nagaland in particular and the Nation in general.
‘Development of ENPO areas’
On development of ENPO areas, Acharya said the fruit of Independence should reach equitability to all places and people. “For any society to progress there must be all round development while 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.
Expressing that education is the gateway to prosperity, the Governor said there is a need to develop the other underdeveloped districts in the State as well.
There is a need to strengthen the health, education and infrastructure sectors so as to improve the social conditions and economy, he said while calling upon private school to open up branches in border areas and strengthen their participation in empowering the education of the State.
Acharya also called upon banks to open branches in the interior areas for economic development. “People in rural areas are unaware of the banking facilities and schemes provided by the Government through banks,” he said.
‘PwD Act’
On implementation Person with Disabilities Act 1995 and Right of Person with Disabilities Act, 2016, he said, while Nagaland has approximately 29631 people with special needs, disability certificate has been issued to only 6392.
There is a need to organise 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, he said.
According to the Government of Nagaland, he said, the State has a total number of 120 unrecognised villages as of July 2018 and they are deprived of their basic rights and amenities.
Tourism sector
Stressing on tourism sector, the Governor said Nagaland with all its natural beauty, unexplored forest, scenic view and hospitable people makes a very favourable condition for tourism to boom. However, he said there is need to address certain issues 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.
Naga youth can take the opportunities by engaging themselves as tourist guides or operators, he said, adding that tourism industry plays an important role in generating employment and economy as well.
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 suggested while also informing that construction of a memorial for Subash Chandra Bose at Kohima has also been discussed at the Government level.
Welfare schemes
Reiterating that Central and State Governments have announced various welfare schemes and programmes for the upliftment of not only the rural economy but also to help young entrepreneurs stand on their own. “We should play our role in decimating information regarding these schemes and programmes to the targeted beneficiaries,” he said.
Every MP and MLA must adopt a village every year and take responsibility of developing physical and institutional infrastructure in the villages and turn them into model villages, he said.
Nagaland needs to be developed as an export-hub that could link up with India’s neighbourhood in South and South East Asia, the Governor added.
(Page News Service)