Rio calls upon Nagas to be self-sufficient

Rio calls upon Nagas to be self-sufficient

Dimapur, July 30: Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio today called upon the Nagas to be self-sufficient and stop depending on the government.
“Our economy is salary economy…we solely depend on government,” he said adding, “In the 55 years of Nagaland’s statehood, Government of India has helped us enough. Now we should be self sufficient.”
He said, “In our economy, there is no ruling and no opposition. We have to build a self-sufficient state,” he added.
Speaking a programme for distribution of tractors and implements under GIA/SFA to local rural bodies, areas not included in Part IX & Part IX A of the Constitution, Rio stressed on developing work ethics and understand the value of dignity of labour.
“We have to work, earn, save, invest and spend,” he said and advised the people not to eat the seeds but nurture and eat the fruits.
Terming the day as historic, where Grant in Aid (GIA) was given by NITI Aayog to fund the unfunded areas, the Chief Minister explained that under the 73rd Ammendment Act 1992, the excluded area were not covered under Part IX and Part IX A of the Constitution giving rise to gap funding and it was also not incorporated in the 14th Finance Commission. In view of this NITI Aayog took the initiative to take care of the excluded areas including Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, hill areas of Manipur and Darjeeling, Rio maintained.
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He also hoped that Niti Aayog would continue to give grant in aid as special plan assistance.
He disclosed that last year Rs 185.09 crore was given by Niti Aayong, which was allotted to VDBs in Kohima for the year 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18 and micro-finance backlog of 2016-17.
On the occasion, tractors and implements were provided to the 11 best performing VDBs. Sixty (60) tractors (1 each) was also given to all the 60 constituencies to be recommended by the elected member. Besides an amount of Rs.30 lakh was also given to each Assembly constituency for the elected members to identify the project for developing the rural areas.
While advising the elected members to participate in building the rural areas, Rio also reminded the beneficiaries for promoting the village economy by using the resources wisely.
Rio also said that local youths should be employed to drive the tractors as their work culture was not below the standard. He lamented that instead of employing the local youths, Nagas engage non-Nagas.
“We are farmers but employ others to be our farmers and we remain unemployed. This has to stop,” he said.
He also said that this would discourage illegal immigrants in the state. “If you work yourself, they would not come to the state,” he told the people, adding some Nagas are forcibly bringing illegal immigrants to Nagaland.
“We cannot blame others…we have to blame ourselves,” he said.
Advisor, Rural Development Nagaland, Dr.Neikiesie (Nicky) Kire, expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister Nagaland and remarked that it was the first of its kind where tractors and implements was distributed free of cost under the initiative of Rio.
Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, RD, Neposo Theluo chaired the programme while Director Rural Development Nagaland, Imlimeren Jamir proposed the vote of thanks.
Deputy CM, Y.Patton, host of cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, Advisors, DC and Commissioner Police Dimapur, officials from Rural Development department, farmers and beneficiaries attended the programme. (Page News Service)