Kohima, June 29: Nagaland Home Commissioner, R Ramakrishnan (IAS) today stressed on the importance of a comprehensive database system to enable planners to plan effectively by allocating scarce resources of the State to achieve the desired objectives of inclusive, sustainable development and improvement of human well being.
Addressing the 12th National Statistics Day held on the theme ‘Quality Assurance in Official Statistics’, under the aegis of Directorate of Economics and Statistics here, Ramakrishnan said that proper, accurate and factual data is required for any policy formulation and implementation at the grassroots.
Pointing out that in Nagaland data provided by Government Departments at the rural, district and state levels and also the Election Department are conflicting, he expressed hope that the officials of Economics and Statistics Department would work in bringing about a comprehensive and accurate data.
He further informed that the State Government is also working towards improving the data management system while the introduction of Aadhaar and digital payment systems have helped in systematizing data procurement.
As per the Village Level Development Indicators (VLDI), published by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics, during 2016-17 a survey was conducted in 1326 villages out of the 1428 villages in rural areas of the State.
The VLDI 2016 Report contains information on 1326 villages under 75 Blocks in 11 Districts in Nagaland. Altogether, there are 2,66,581 households with a total population of 13,19,843 for the surveyed villages as per the 2011 census.
Some of the key findings of the survey are: out of 1326 villages, 1325 villages were electrified except Aboiri village, under Tamlu block of Longleng district, without electricity.
644 villages were connected by surface road, 1317 villages by unsurfaced road, which indicates that some of the villages are connected by both surface and un-surface road.
192 villages were accessible by Government transport facility and 942 villages by private means of transport
1308 villages out of 1326 villages in the State were availing telephone service (Mobile, WLL etc) showing 98.50%. 18 villages in the state are without telephone service, the report indicated, while also pointing that only 113 villages (8.2 %) of the State’s total villages are availing internet services.
Altogether 1306 villages (98.49%) are covered by Government primary schools while private primary school facilities are available in only 131 villages.
In the category of middle school, 609 villages have Government Middle Schools and 78 villages have Private Middle Schools. Similarly, 202 villages have Government High Schools and 55 villages have Private High Schools. 20 villages have both Government and Private Higher Secondary Schools.
On health care, 494 villages have dispensaries or sub-centres, 170 villages have Primary Health Centres (PHC) and 52 villages have Community Health Centres while 18 villages have Hospital facilities.
Anganwadi Centres are spread to around 1259 villages (94.94%) in the state with 331 villages having Fair Price Shops.
It also pointed that 677 villages in the state were availing the facility of PHE (Public Health Engineering), 350 villages were maintaining Public Drainage System, 684 villages have Proper Footpaths and 563 villages have Public Toilet Systems.
Kohima village, under Kohima district, and Chukitong village, under Wokha district, were the 2 villages which availed the maximum basic amenity services availing 26 out of 31 basic amenities in the state.
On the other hand, Metonger village, under Pungro block in Kiphire district, is the least basic amenities availing village where only 2 basic amenities namely electricity and telephone service were accessible to this village.
As per the survey report, on average Kohima district and Phek district were the 2 most basic amenities availing districts in the state whereas Longleng district and Kiphire district were the 2 least availing basic amenities districts in the state.
Some of the most availing basic amenities in the state are Electricity, Road, Telephone service, Government Primary schools and Anganwadi Centres. The least availing basic amenities in the state are Veterinary Dispensary, Hospital, Community Health Centre and Higher Secondary, the report added.
The VLDI is brought out periodically by the Directorate of Economics and Statistics. The data mentioned here are based on information as on March 31, 2016 which was released last month.
(Page News Service)