Urges Nagas not to miss ‘this historic opportunity’
Dimapur, August 14: Nagaland Governor RN Ravi today said Nagaland is in the cusp of history and called upon Nagas not to miss this historic opportunity.
“Today, Nagaland is at the cusp of history. A new dawn of peace and prosperity is beaconing Nagaland. Friends, we must not miss this historic opportunity,” said the Governor in his Independence Day message.
Ravi, who is also interlocutor to the Indo-Naga peace talks, urged all to commit to a pledge for building a Nagaland of our dreams, which is the envy of the most advanced States of the Indian Union.
Highlighting India’s growth during the last 73 years, the Governor said he is pained to see Nagaland not keeping pace with the advanced states of the Union, though in the last 55 years of Statehood, Nagaland has undergone significant transformation for the good.
He said on some of the parameters of human resource development, there has been remarkable progress, but “we are acutely cautious of the vast unmet potential of our land and people.”
Stating that the differential of growth and development between Nagaland and the advanced States of India is stark, Ravi said our connectivity infrastructure is embarrassingly poor even in comparison to some North Eastern neighbours.
“The increasing opportunity cost of our slow pace development is stealing away the future of Nagaland.
“Our mothers, sisters and daughters whose equal partnership in growth is essential, continue to suffer relatively greater deprivation in terms of access to health care, nutrition, education and employment opportunities. The deprivation is more acute and embarrassing in comparison to some of our neighbours. They deserve urgent better attention,” he stated.
To unleash the creative genius and entrepreneurial potential of our youth, the Governor said we must create a congenial atmosphere, free from fear of gun and multiple taxations.
They must have easy access to credit and technology, he said.
“On this day, I pray to God for his abiding grace on my people. I pray to Him for wisdom and strength in our pilgrimage to building a peaceful, progressive and prosperous Nagaland,” he prayed.
(Page News Service)