Kohima: Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar today
said the state government had all along pursued the twin
objectives of development and security that paid dividends as
the state witnessed "much improvement" in law and order front.
Addressing the house on the opening day of the budget
session here, he said the state government had coined the
slogan, peace for development and development for peace.
It was a matter of satisfaction that barring a few
incidents of inter-factional violence, the state was by and
large peaceful during the year, he said.
The Governor pointed out that while police and security
forces worked tirelessly to maintain peace, the efforts from
tribal hohos, Churches and civil societies, specially the
Forum for Naga Re-conciliation, yielded good results.
The overwhelming response to the conclave organized by
the FNR at Dimapur on February 29, he said, was a strong
indication of the people’s desire for peace and
He informed the house that the government accorded
special attention to expansion and modernization of state
police forces for which the state had been receiving funds
from the Centre under police modernization programme.
Highlighting the activities undertaken by various
government departments during the current year and outlining
the future programmes, the Governor told the house that it was
unfortunate that the state could not harness its potential
even as Nagaland is blessed with vast mineral resources.
However, it is encouraging that a healthy debate is
taking place on the future direction for exploration of
mineral wealth", Kumar observed, informing that a Cabinet
Sub-Committee was working actively to evolve a consensus on
modalities for production of oil and other minerals so that
the people derived the maximum benefits.
The Governor said under the new state coal policy, seven
coal mining leases and 60 coal prospecting licenses had been
issued so far and 17 mineral check gates had also been set up.
The Governor also informed the house that the government
accorded top priority for attaining self sufficiency in agri
and allied sectors, particularly to achieve food security for
all. To achieve this goal, the respective departments have
undertaken and implemented various schemes across the state,
For improvement of surface connectivity, the Governor
said, Rs 358 crore was invested covering 535 km of roads under
the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources while under PMGSY
and Bharat Nirman, Rs 355 crore had been sanctioned for
construction of 954 km of rural roads.
Kumar informed that under Special Accelerated Road
Development Programme for North-east, double-laning of four
important roads, covering 329 km, was in good progress.
The Governor said his government had accorded special
thrust on accelerating development of rural areas as vast
majority of people live in villages.
For further improvement in implementation of various
schemes, the government created 22 additional rural
development blocks, taking the total number of R D blocks to
74 in the state, he informed.
He informed the members that under MGNREGA, about 3.66
lakh job cards had been issued, generating 228 lakh man days
of employment while under Indira Awas Yojna, nearly 9,000
houses had been constructed for BPL families.
The Governor said the government also successfully
implemented SGSY scheme and Backward Regions Grant Funds
scheme, informing that the SGSY had now been redesigned as the
National Rural Livelihood Mission and the same would be
launched in the state in the next financial year.
The Department of Under Developed Areas (DUDA)
implemented a large number of projects in border districts and
other identified areas, he said, adding that during the
current year projects Rs 100 crore was being implemented under
three major programmes in backward areas.