Nagaland CS pitches for faster development of NE
Dimapur, October 11: Saying that South East Asia begins from the North East, Nagaland Chief Secretary R Binchilo Thong today pitched for faster all round development of the North Eastern Region.
Speaking at the valedictory session of the two-day long regional conference on good governance initiatives at Kohima, Binchilo Thong said that the North East could play a significant role in realizing “Act East Policy” of the Government of India provided necessary infrastructures are put into place in the region.
Putting forth the road for holistic development, the Chief Secretary said that the proposed four lane highway between Dimapur and Kohima be extended to cover Kohima-Imphal link by 2022. He said that the proposed rail link between Dimapur and Zubza be extended beyond so as to enable Nagaland to be a part of trade and business with Myanmar and other ASEAN countries via roads and railways networks.
The Chief Secretary said that lack of appropriate connectivity such as roads, power, IT, telecom etc have hindered the progress of the NE region. He said that remoteness, isolation and landlocked situation with poor connectivity have resulted the NE to remain backward.
On employment, Binchilo Thong said the greatest challenge for the Government is to ensure young people are educated and trained at par with their western peers so that they can compete on a global platform for jobs and initiate start-ups and social enterprises.
Referring on good governance, the Chief Secretary noted the successful implementation of the village development board (VDB) and Communitization Act in Nagaland. He also advocated for devolution of more powers to these institutions for delivery of Good Governance at the grass roots level.
Maintaining that banks do not travel the last mile, Binchilo Thong calls for micro-financing and development of banking sectors in the North east.
Addressing the session, Vasudha Mishra, Additional Secretary of the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DAR & PG), Government of India said that the purpose of the regional conference was to exchange of ideas of best practices and replication of the same for better governance at the grass roots level.
Earlier in the day, technical sessions were held in which five topics were deliberated on the theme Transforming Aspirational Districts, Good Governance Initiatives, etc. Dr Rama Kamaraju, Senior Consultant, NITI Aayog and PLN Raju, Director, NESAC, Department of Space, Government of India also made thought provoking presentations during the session. (Page News Service)