Dimapur, February 1: Minister for Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, Metsubo Jamir on Friday launched Shehri Samridhi Utsav – Street Food festival and job mela construed as ‘Urban Prosperity Festival’ in the conference hall, Directorate of Urban Development, Kohima. The fortnightly programme is organized by State Urban Development Agency in collaboration with Food Safety, Nagaland under Health & Family Welfare and Kohima Municipal Council from February 1 to 15.
Metsubo said that ‘urban and rural’ are complementary to each other and stated that urban prosperity actually depends on rural prosperity. He said requirements in urban areas are mostly provided by the people domiciled in rural areas for which, he strongly emphasized the importance of having proper markets in towns for the people of rural areas to sell their products. He termed the cycle of our economy as “urban people as consumers and rural people as producers” as such providing marketing facilities for the rural dwellers is an important aspect of our economy.
He also stressed on the importance of forming SHGs in every ward or colony as they represent the people who can assist the government and community when it comes to maintenance and protection of public assets and disposal of wastes.
On SHGs, the Minister said “it means to help yourselves and earn a livelihood and not to ask any help from anyone without purpose”. As far as Nagas are concerned, he said people residing in towns or urban areas are not involved as much as the people domiciled in rural areas in terms of development, maintenance of roads and other infrastructure. He urged the people particularly in rural areas to change their individual mentality and asked them to make use of their free time and contribute for community development, stating that co-existence is very important in urban areas towards prosperity.
Advisor, Rural Development, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire stated that the scheme should percolate down even to the extent of wards and colonies so as to get maximum benefit from it, especially by poor and downtrodden urban dwellers to earn their livelihood.
On employment in Nagaland, he asserted that all educated and qualified youth would not find a placement in government sector as the employment opportunity in the state has already saturated. “We consider ourselves too high and reluctant to do the manual work apart from government jobs”, he stated.
Principal Secretary, UDD, Abhishek Singh, IAS while highlighting about the functions and aims of the department said that the prime focus is to provide basic amenities and urban facilities access, extending outreach to poorest of the poor. He pointed out the issues of the SHGs as well as the problems faced by the street vendor categories which we often tend to ignore. He briefed about the various schemes, programmes and loans provided at a subsidized rate for self-employment ventures and establishing shelter for the homeless by enhancing sustainable livelihood opportunities offered by the Urban Development department.
State Mission Director (NULM), S. Takatuba Aier delivered welcome address and highlighted the programme while Secretary, UDD & Chairman SUDA, S. Nyanbemo Tsanglao chaired the programme.
A workshop was also conducted by Food Safety (Health & Family Welfare), AYUSH (Health & Family Welfare) and Urban Development (SUDA) and job mela by IIJT, Kohima, AICSM, Wokha and Zynorics Initiative, Kohima.
(Page News Service)