Dimapur, November 9: Leader of Opposition, T R Zeliang today underscored the need for skill development and use of technology to boost and increase the work force in the state and thereby address the unemployment issue, which is mounting day by day.
Speaking at the Golden Jubilee celebration of St Xavier Higher Secondary School, Jalukie, Zeliang said one should learn and develop skills while in school and colleges and be mentally prepared to work both in private and public sectors alike.
He said in Nagaland, out of a population of Rs 19 lakhs as per records, there are over 1.25 lakhs government employees, which by any standard is a staggering number and adding to this, a total amount of over Rs 3000 crore is spent on payment of salaries to government employees in the state every month.
Stating that government job has reached its saturation point, he said expecting to get employment under the government for each and every student graduating from college and universities is not a practical perception.
Congratulating all the pioneers, teachers and students, both past and present on the occasion of golden jubilee celebration, Zeliang said many students from Peren district in particular and the state in general have passed out from this institution and settled and well-established in various fields in and outside Nagaland.
He said selfless contribution of visionaries in the establishment of this institution cannot be ignored and cited the abstract of Zeliang-Kuki Tribal Council Resolution No.7, dated 15-17th November 1969 which granted land for the establishment of Christ the King School Mbaulwa and St Xavier School at Jalukie.
He said such records are of great value and hoped that the Institution would conduct its own research and fact-findings so that proper details such as this can be documented and recorded for future generation.
Lamenting that many a times, student community become involved in undesirable situation which are politically stage-managed, he said institutional management must cross-check such practices and refrain the student community from getting involved in any kind of conspiracy games.
He said educational Institutions must streamline the areas where student participations are necessary and where it should be avoided.
On the political front, he said peace is a pre-requisite for any economic as well as social advancement. He said Nagas have struggled with arms conflict for more than 7 decades which has created a critical gap in every sphere, be it politically, socially, economically or educationally.
However, he said the Naga people could pass through this crossroad that was 31st Oct deadline set by GoI with NSCN(IM) on solution to Naga protracted political issue.
He believed that the prayer of different churches in different part of the world has been answered by Almighty God. He further hoped and believed that 70 years of struggle and 22 years of negotiation between GOI and Naga negotiating groups would come to a logical conclusion very soon which is expected to be a big Christmas gift to all of us along with the message of real peace.
On the occasion, Zeliang reminded the management of the Institution that it is essential to develop the basic skills for employment at a very young age, which would prepare them to enter a new world once they complete their studies.
He also advised the young student to be disciplined and stay focussed on what they aspire to become in life. (Page News Service)