KOHIMA, Aug 15: The Chief Minister of Nagaland, T.R. Zeliang in his maiden Independence Day address at the New Secretariat Plaza, Kohima on the 15th August 2014 called upon the people of Nagaland “to savour freedom and to strive for excellence” to move towards the common visions of a progressive and prosperous Nagaland. He asserted that the “Government can only be a facilitator and true economic growth and social development depends on the people”. He appealed that the people take full advantage of the Government initiatives through its programmes and policies by reaffirming to work together.

Addressing the gathering Chief Minister extended Independence Day greetings. He said that Independence Day is particularly a meaningful day for all Indians as it signifies the overthrow of the colonial and imperial rule to become a free nation to pursue its destiny. He therefore, called the people to rededicated protect and safeguard the hard earned precious freedom gained through much sacrifice of the founding fathers of the country. He also urged the people to work together to make strong and dynamic and a front runner among the nations of the world. Highlighting the successful democratic process in the country, Chief Minister stated that the democracy enshrined in the constitution have been successfully implemented undergoing a very exciting and tumultuous process of election that culminate in the people giving an overwhelming mandate to the BJP led NDA government under the dynamic leadership of Narendra Modi.

This peaceful transition of power he said, speaks of the vibrancy of democracy where Nagaland has been a partner. T.R. Zeliang in his Independence Day speech as Chief Minister mentioned the change of guard in the state to guide the destinies of the people of Nagaland and further sought “the continued support of the people, so that the plans, programmes and the dream that we shall together will soon become reality”. On the quest for an honourable settlement to the long standing Naga political problem and the process of dialogue and negotiations which has been going on for the last 17 years, Zeliang said that the cooperation of the people is essential as many of the problems confronting the people of Nagaland. He was also optimistic that the new leadership will expedite the process of finding an early solution.

He further urged both the Government of India and the Naga Nationalist groups to work sincerity towards bringing about an early settlement to make peace a reality, which is the longing of all sections of the people. On law and order situation Chief Minister said that the state has been enjoying a measure of tranquility with the ongoing ceasefire and peace process and the law and order situation in the state has been by and large peaceful. The police and the administration are working continuously to contain all forms of anti-social and criminal activities so that the citizens can live in peace and harmony, he added. Calling for a collective effort towards a self-sustaining society, T.R. Zeliang maintained that while the government continues to pursue its goal in accordance with the slogan “peace for development and development for peace” the state faces the problems of resources as the state’s own tax and non-tax revenue comprises only about 6% of the budgetary expenditure.

He said that the state is wholly dependent on the centre for our financial requirement. He further said that it is time to start thinking how our economy should grow and how to enhance our won revenues so that we can be as a self-reliant self-sustaining society. The Chief Minister of Nagaland T.R.Zeliang said that the promotion of Industries and Commerce is also a high agenda of the Government as it is the nest potential area for the employment generation. Chief Minister said that the Government is closely monitoring the revival of the Tuli paper Mill which will also create large employment opportunities is the ancillary and downstream industries. the Geology and mining department has established that Nagaland has huge  deserves of dimensions stone coal and lime stone and the Government is planning to exploit  all these natural resources so as to yield maximum benefits and employment avenues for the local populations.

Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang also said that Wazeho Cement plant is being revitalized through PPP mode for which an MOU has been executed with the private company. Chief Minister also said that tourism as an industry continues to grow and as Hornbill Festival which acts as the flagship is being celebrated with fervor with 1,86,00 visitors recorded in December 2013. He said the tourism department is continues to work towards fulfilling the full tourism potentials of the state. He  also call upon the people of Nagaland to come forward and participate in this venture as tourism is eventually  a process that can succeed only if the people carry forward welcoming the visitors and making the visit to the state interesting and meaning full. Chief Minister stated that State economic growth is largely dependent on the infrastructure and the Government is actively working to improve connectivity in the state. Chief Guest also stated that   four new national highway have also been declared in the state and the Government will give high priority to road maintenance. T.R.Zeliang said that the cooperation of the people is necessary for its success of four laning of the Dimapur to Kohima highway has been long pending.

However he said he is happy that the process payment of land compensation is underway and very soon the national highway authority of India will be floating global tenders. He also said that the survey work for Dimapur to Sechu railway line will be stared very shortly for which he appealed to the people to make land available for the public good. Chief minister T.R. Zeliang stated that Nagaland is facing serious power deficit against the peak hour requirement of 115MW and the generation n of power and the state is only 24MW and the North–East itself is also deficient in power, for which the state is not getting full requirement of power, He said in order to overcome this acute power problem the Government is taking initiative which includes the 186 MW Dikhu hydro project and 150MW Tizu-Zungki project. The up gradation of the transmission network to address the distribution deficiencies especially in the rural areas is also being implanted under the RAPDRP.

Chief Minister said that the Information Technology is becoming an integral infrastructure component and the state is working to make the IT services available to the masses. He said towards this end 220 CSC’s have been already set up and the Nagaland is stood in 3rd rank among the North – Eastern state in e- transaction. T.R.Zeliang also said that finale acceptance testing of State Wide Area Network (SWAN) also been initiated through a third party audit. Infact, online payment for certain services such as NPSC examination fees and Taxes can now be made through the state portal and Nagaland is the first in the North-East to have done so. In the Health care sector in the state is doing extremely well judging by certain vital statistic. Chief Minister stated that the state infant Mortality rate is 21% as against the National Average of 44% and the Maternal Mortality rate is 160% as against the national average of 212.

Zeliang said that along with the provision of health care, a new health insurance scheme for BPL families known as RSBY is also implanted successfully and 1.39,287. Health insurance cards have been issued till March 2014 and 7.600 beneficiaries have also already availed free medical treatment through the scheme. Chief Minister also mentioned that Government of India has approved the up gradation of the Naga hospital Kohima into a Medical College and a tertiary cancer care centre has also been sanctioned and once the centre is commissioned cancer patients   need not go out of the state for their treatment. Zeliang also highlight in his speech that the academic a faculty building of the college of nursing at Dimapur is completed and will be inaugurated shortly.

At present the B.Sc nursing course for 2014-15 has already stated in the premises of the CISHR Dimapur. Chief Minister also stated that there has been substantial improvement in the provision for water supply with more habitation being covered, he also said that various innovation such as roof top rain water harvesting structure and solar power water treatment units are also being introduced. Chief Minister also said that further sanitation drive is making good progress in rural areas with 23.262 units of household latrines being constructed during 2013-14 To improve the quality of school education teacher eligibility test for recruitment of elementary school teachers is being implemented. Chief Minister in his speech said that, the Kohima Science College at Jotsoma, has been granted Autonomous college status with current academic session and the college will now independently to design its own curriculum and to conduct examination The rural areas continues to get the highest attending of the Government as around 70% population  are in the rural areas under MGNREGA scheme 4.14 lakh job cards have been issued and 182.93 lakh man days of gainful employment have also being generated  for the opportunities of the rural areas people.

The Government is initiating to up left the backward areas of the state are continuing unabated under DUDA and the BRGF programmes, supplementing the Women Resource Development is taking of the transformation of the livelihood intervention project under which 1257 women SHG’s have been formed covering 17.000 women in 223 villages covering all the 11 districts and the 6 (Six) common service centre for spinning and weaving also been set up. Chief Minister said that youth are excelling in sports, bringing laurels to the state in many national and international events. He said that at present Naga cultural team performing and representing the state in the “Royal Edinburgh Military Tatoo” 2014 in Scotland, The handshake Concert Continues in various foreign countries even this year in Yangon it was held successfully.

Chief minister T.R.Zeliang in his Independence day speech has stated that in the state employment exchanges 65.783 educated youth have registered to tackle this problem the state is giving attention to create ITI’s, SDIs besides encouraging the emergence of vocational training provides through the Nagaland skill development initiative society. Chief Minister highlighting the major activities programmes and project challenge the people to fully take advantage of the initiative of the Government. Zeliang has said that the Government can be only be a facilitator, and the true economic growth and social development it depends on the people he added.  While extending his warm greeting on the auspicious occasion of the independence day of India he called upon of the citizens to savour our freedom and to strive for excellence so that together we can move towards the common vision of progressive and prosperous Nagaland.

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