Kohima: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has appealed to the Naga people to make a refined society.
Official sources said speaking at the first State function for ‘Cleanest ULBs and Wards Award-2022 Nagaland’ at the Capital Convention Centre in Kohima on Tuesday, Chief Minister Rio said Nagas have lots to learn and still a long way to go to cope with others.
He said “Once the real peace comes to our state, lots of things are going to happen, but we cannot wait for that time. We have to keep on working.” He called for a collective effort to make Nagaland the most livable place, known for its facilities, kindness, and hospitality rather than the tag of ‘disturbed state.’
Rio said that migration of people to towns and cities and maintained that it was inevitable as people come for opportunities which are considered the engine of economic growth as ‘enormous potential pave way for wealth generation.’ He said that urbanize as it is the engine of economic growth, but there are also massive opportunities for wealth generation and stated that the Government will have to cope with that demand, which is slowly picking up.
He also stated that awareness should go to the rural, suburban, and urban areas, and would take up with the School Education Department how to impart civic duties to the children. Further, sensitization will be conducted through the Rural Development Department in the form of competitions at the district level.
Rio said that the State does not have proper town planning and bye-laws bringing lots of problems, particularly in the upkeep of the town city and its amenities. He noted that the shops and markets placed haphazardly become a challenging task for the administrators to handle in the process.
Rio said that the Urban Local Bodies should be prepared and coped with the demand though the task would not be easy and with new innovations and initiatives to face the challenges in terms of housing, roads, drainages, garbage management, water supply, and others.
He said on cleanliness, awareness should pervade down to all levels.
He also said that both the Education Department and the Rural Development Department will be tasked to impart civic knowledge and education at schools and village levels, sources said.