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No part of Nagaland will left uncovered by Internet: Rajeev Chandrasekhar


Underscores creation of district skill development plan

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 27: Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Electronics and Information Technology, Rajeev Chandrasekhar today said no part of Nagaland would be left without internet connectivity as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of connecting all Indians, with an approach that ‘no one is left behind’.
Addressing media persons at Hotel Acacia here, the Chandrasekhar said that in the coming months there would be another big change in Nagaland which the Prime Minster has approved. He said that no part of Nagaland will left uncovered by Internet.
“Every part of Nagaland will have a minimum of 4G coverage and as you know, in today’s world, for the youth and normal citizens digital connectivity and Internet access is important thing”, he stressed.
He disclosed that two months ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved the scheme that no parts of Nagaland and no parts of Northeast India would be left without minimum 4G coverage.
When asked about the service providers who would be providing the services, the MoS said that the model would be a mix of BSNL and private operators and the funding scheme. which is the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF). would be available for both the public sector and private sector.
“It will not be left on one company to do it. We will allow any company to apply for the USOF”, he said.
The MoS, who was on a 3-day visit to Nagaland said that he had the opportunity and privilege of meeting many of the beneficiaries of the Central Government schemes and to witness in person the real effects of the “double engine sarkar” of the State Government working closely with the proactive, determined Prime Minister and his Government.
He said in reality the various schemes and the beneficiaries have benefitted from the schemes and these schemes have transformed the lives of the people.
Chandrasekhar said that skill and technology, both areas have tremendous relevance to the future of Nagaland youths. He said he had gathered many inputs and would implement them very shortly.
He also said that he could see the real results of good governance when he visited Zunheboto and Wokha where he saw the PM Awas Yojana being implemented and houses built for people who never had homes and that the households are now getting tapped water.
He said 65% coverage of PM Ayushman is truly making a difference and impact in people’s lives, adding PM Kisan, PM Ayushman, PM Jal-Jeevan, PM Awas Yojanas are transforming the lives of individuals, farmers, housewives, family members and more than that it is giving a sense of optimism to the Prime Minister’s promise of “sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka viswass”.
He said these 4 schemes ~ PM Awas, PM Ayushman, PM Jal-Jeevan and PM Kisan ~ have been implemented by the State Government working closely with the Central Government.
Replying to queries on the Central schemes, Chandrashekhar said that he has heard of how the schemes have changed the lives of people and have given them a sense of trust and confidence in the institution of Government.
However, he said in some areas, there is a need to fine-tune some of the guidelines, specifically for people who do not speak Hindi, English and Nagamese and they speak only their own dialect. He said there should be a way to make sure that any unintended exclusion is addressed in the guideline.
He further said that there are certain other schemes like entrepreneurship scheme run by the Government and there have been instances pointed out that the banks are not giving credit even though there are people who are entitled for it.
“We will do fine-tuning of it. It is absolutely normal core because when a scheme is designed for all India, there is a need to find-tune it for particular States and particular communities”, he stated.
He also stressed that every district of Nagaland must create district skill development plan that is unique to the districts, local talent, local requirement, local economic opportunity, so that skilling can be done.
“That is the new way we are skilling. I have requested all the Deputy Commissioners to work with the district skill committee to develop a uniquely relevant district skill development plan for each district and we will work with them to deliver the skills”, he informed. Replying to another query, he said post-COVID, the entire global work force requirement has changed tremendously. Today countries like Germany, UK and Japan want Indian works force, he disclosed.
Stating that post-COVID world has changed, post-COVID Indian work force has changed, he said digital skills are required and that everybody should have digital skills.
He said Nagaland is capable of pursuing these new opportunities just as other States of the country.
“For India youth today, the opportunity is not just local, hyper-local but global and across the country. That is why we are looking for new skilling model, district level skilling plans and encouraging the concept of skill hubs, where even a University or Government College like Dimapur can become a skill hub as well as give degrees”, he said.
New India for Young Indians
Later, interacting with students of the Government College, Dimapur, Chandrasekhar shared Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision and gave a presentation on “New India for Young Indians” to students and urged them to empower themselves with skills training to pursue their future life choices.
After the presentation, students asked questions ranging from digital opportunities, infrastructure development in the State and translating talent into skills and jobs.
The Minister answered all of their questions and received a rousing applause from the students and the faculty.
“New India offers lot many opportunities than ever before. Success is determined by hard work and capability and not by affiliations to any political or business family or influence. Innovation and skilling are going to drive our future as India steps into what PM Narendra Modi ji terms as India’s Techade”, he said.
Stating that the 8 years of Narendra Modi Government has turned the old narrative of democracy on its head, Chandrasekhar said, “Previously, Indian democracy was considered dysfunctional and corrupt. But now, thanks to the Digital India programme launched by PM Narendra Modi in 2015, every single rupee is directly transferred into the accounts of the beneficiary living in remotest corners of the country.”
He also informed them that their college would soon be converted into a skills training hub under the Skill India Mission and that the students can avail of the opportunities to get themselves future-ready.
Earlier, in a meeting with officials of the district administration Dimapur, Chandrasekhar stressed that skilling efforts for any district should be designed, based on what the young people of the region want to do.
“The plan should be based on aspirations of young people, on what they want to do and also there should be an outcome to the effort ~ either as job or entrepreneurship”, he had said.
He assured them that the Centre would help in providing the funds, resources and an enabling ecosystem to deliver but the ownership of the skills.
(Page News Service)