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Nagaland facing acute Power deficit: Governor

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Discloses GoN submitted “Construction of 2.4 MW Duilumroi HEP at Peren district” proposal to NEC

DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 9: Governor of Nagaland Prof Jagdish Mukhi on Sunday said that Nagaland is facing acute Power deficit as the State generates only 26MW against the peak requirement of around 115 MW and therefore, urged the North East Council to include Power in the thrust areas.
Speaking at the 70th Plenary of the NEC, at Guwahati, Prof Mukhi said power is critical for industrialization and technological advancements and for overall economic development.
He disclosed that Nagaland Government has submitted to NEC a proposal “Construction of 2.4 MW Duilumroi HEP at Peren district” for gap funding and requested the Council to consider for sanction of the project.
Stating that capacity building and skill development in the region can give gainful employment to large number of educated unemployed youth in various fields, the Governor pointed out that Nagaland is struggling with the problem of employability of the educated unemployed youth.
He said the youth of today have high aspirations and expectations and when these aspirations are not met, frustration sets in and they are easily misled to take to crime and anti-national activities.
“Most Northeastern States are confronted with insurgent activities and if we are to usher in peace and development in the region, the youth must be provided with opportunities to lead productive lives. These youths need to be imparted with the skills in tourism and hospitality, aviation, nursing, para-medics, wellness industry, music and entertainment, IT and the BPOs, sports, therapists and specialized skills in automobile sector and in the construction sector”, the Governor stressed.
He said Nagaland has immense potential to export readymade apparel, handlooms, handicrafts and textile products to South East Asian countries and harnessing this skill commercially would provide better means of income particularly to women especially in rural areas.
In this regard, the Governor urged the NEC to give due emphasis for development of loin-loom production of the Northeastern states as a promotion of traditional industry.
Prof Mukhi also said that the future of Nagaland lies in exploiting the opportunities in agriculture and allied activities.
He said commercial crops like coffee and rubber needs to be given a big push while horticulture is another area where the State has immense potential.
Stating that many young aspiring entrepreneurs are starting small businesses operating from home and marketing their products online, the Governor, however said the State is struggling with poor internet connectivity. He requested the NEC to intervene in providing infrastructure for high speed internet connectivity up to the village level in the entire region.
The Governor disclosed that with the introduction of the flagship initiative ‘Start-up India’, the State Government has also launched Nagaland Start-up Policy, which aims to establish Nagaland as a model start-up leader in the region, by creating a culture of entrepreneurship that nurtures creative and innovative youth, allowing them to build successful start-up companies, become job creators and contribute towards building a healthy and sustainable economy.
Under this, he said the State aims to facilitate growth of at least 500 start-ups in the next five years, with a focus on establishing innovative “Made in Nagaland” products and services. In this regard, the Governor urged the NEC to intervene in establishing an Innovation hub that can house all the start-ups under one roof, on PPP mode.
Stating that coaching plays a vital role for candidates in clearing competitive exams, the Governor said most of the civil service aspirants from Nagaland cannot afford to go to New Delhi for coaching as the fees charged by these institutes has become very high.
As such, he requested the NEC to come forward in this field by tying up with a reputed coaching institute for providing online coaching classes at subsidized rates which will immensely help the civil service aspirants.
The Governor also requested the NEC to include sports as one of the thrust areas as sports persons from the Northeast region are bringing laurels to the country in various international events and competitions.
Apart from creating sporting infrastructure, there is need to create opportunities for developing the skills and providing exposure to young people at the National and International levels, he said and suggested that NEC could organize junior level interstate football tournament in line with Senior Level Dr. T Ao North East Football Tournament which will give the necessary platform and exposure for young talents.
(Page News Service)

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