Governor addresses assembly, asks PDA Govt to ‘bring change’

Governor addresses assembly, asks PDA Govt to ‘bring change’
Nagaland Governor P B Acharya (File Photo)

Kohima, March 22: Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya today asked the new PDA Government in the State to bring change to Nagaland. He reminded that the PDA Government came to power with peoples’ mandate on the promise of ‘Bringing Change’ to Nagaland as a common vision of the political parties forming the alliance.
Addressing the first session of the thirteenth Nagaland Legislative Assembly today, the Governor said the motto of the Government has to be ‘Together with All, Development for All’ in sync with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas’.
“Together with the Government of India we are committed for a new vision of Nagaland which is based on the foundations of good governance and transparency; development and economic growth,” he said.
Stating that the members assembled together represent the will of the people, he said there deliberations in the House should always be guided by the welfare and the interests of the people whom they represent.
“People’s expectations from elected members and Government are very high,” he said.
Naga issue
Asserting that early resolution of the Naga political issue is at the top of the Government’s agenda, he affirmed that the Government will work with all stakeholders for a solution that is honourable, sustainable and acceptable to the people.
The State Government will not come in way of any political agreement that brings solution to the Naga political issue, he said.
Claiming that ‘Peace for Development and Development for Peace’ has been the motto of the State Government, Acharya said the Government shall ensure ushering in an era of development with all round peace.
Govt’s priority
The Governor also reiterated the Government’s assurances on road repair, air and rail connectivity, police modernization, employment generation, human resource development and infrastructure related programmes.
He said the Government would create proper marketing mechanism, including buy-back facilities, so that the farmers are encouraged to produce more and they are assured of remunerative returns. He also stressed on the need to give impetus to organic farm produce, flowers and fruits.
“Our State is endowed with rich mineral resources, salubrious climate, rich bio-diversity and above all, a unique social capital,” he said adding that in order to combine these resources to create an economically developed Naga society, there is a need for good infrastructure and skill development plans tailored to the market needs and technology that can energize the agriculture and allied sectors.
“My Government will, therefore, give priority to these sectors and explore avenues to attract investments from outside the State to undertake projects. We plan to set up Nagaland Investment and Development Authority to bring in Investments. We also plan to organize a Business and Investment summit to focus on our strengths,” he said.
Nagaland is located in one of the 25 hot bio-diversity areas of the world and this must be protected at all costs while strategies for sustainable development of the resources must be devised, he said.
“Our State has the potential to be an attractive tourist destination offering a unique blend of heritage and culture to the travellers in search of nature, music and cultural tourism,” he said adding that along with eco-tourism, it also has a great opportunity for adventure tourism. With peace and good infrastructure, there will be investors for tourism that will yield good returns with the unique bio-diversity and salubrious climate.
Highlighting some of the policies and programs of the Government, Acharya said there may be impediments on the road to progress and prosperity but it should not deter the Government from marching forward with undaunted courage to achieve the goal that has been set as a vision.
Motion of thanks to the Governor’s address was moved by MLA Dr Longrineken and seconded by MLA K T Sukhalu.
(Page News Service)