With the objective to strengthen the government-citizen relationship, Nagaland chief minister, T.R. Zeliang on Saturday held an interactive session with young entrepreneurs and students of Nagaland over breakfast at the CM’s official residence, Kohima.
CMO media cell said 11 young bloggers, who had been posting positive suggestions, ideas and opinions on a regular basis with regard to local governance were hand-picked for an interactive discussion with chief minister. The 11 youngsters were Jenpu Rongmei, a social worker and chief functionary of CAN Youth; Temsusenla Kichu, Proprietor of Fusion Store, Dimapur; Imtisunup Longchar, Co-founder of e-commerce website www. Ilandlo.com; Lovi Chophi, Mumbai based entrepreneur; Khrolo Lasushe, a student; T. Amen Jamir, a government employee; Tsalila Rudy, a fresh graduate; Vikato S. Aye, an activist; Steve Chophy, a student leader serving as DSSU general secretary; Inaka Achumi, a young advocate; Mughabeto Ayemi, young visiting lecturer at IFCAI University, Dimapur and Jacob Thuu, a student leader.
The interactive session lasted for nearly three hours.
The ‘breakfast with CM’ initiative was a modest attempt to deliberate on issues constantly raised by youths on social media and to allow youngsters to share information, opinions and ideas with the chief minister himself for improvement of local governance in the state, CMO stated.
CMO expressed regret that the image of Nagaland in social media “is being adversely affected due to irresponsible criticism, rumors and statements posted and circulated without proper authentication in recent times.” However, on the other had there were also several bloggers who come up with ideas and suggestions worth utilizing for good local governance, it added.
CMO maintained that the present day Government under the leadership of chief minister, T.R. Zeliang was determined to streamline government working system and work tooth and nail while allowing youths to interact and participate in the governance process.
CMO on Road Issues In Nagaland
CMO clearly mentioned its stand on the road issue and has conveyed that he is specially taking a kin responsibility on the road connectivity and its construction. Road design has been completed and construction of work has has been sanctioned to contractors by the ministry for roads from Golakhat, Delai Gate to Kohima, Moreh and Manipur. Alternate roads for Trucks and lorries are also been sanctioned which will ease the traffic congestion in Dimapur main town, diverting from the main city of Dimapur. Road construction for Shouba, Niuland, Tseminyu has already been sanctioned to contractors and work are to start soon. Four Lane roads and two lane roads construction will soon start by the end of 2017 with a deadline of three years of completion. The CM also asked the landowners to allow the construction of the roads smoothly so that the work is completed in time.
CMO on Employment Issues in Nagaland
CMO raised concern that 1/15 Naga is a government employee, which means out of every 15 person there is on Naga who is a government employee. The highest ratio compared to whole of India which is a whole lot of concern for the entire state as it claims to more than half of the state revenue generation is consumed on state employee salaries.
CMO on Youth involvement on Issues in Nagaland
CMO said that unless youths join hands with the government and broaden their understanding on the complexities of problems in the state, neither the practice of confronting the government physically nor spreading irresponsible and false information on social media, would take the society to the desired level.
The government was also of the view that without serious effort to integrate youth participation measures into development policies, sustainable development goals of the government cannot be achieved
CMO said that the door of the government was always open for discussing issues in a democratic manner in-order to bring public grievances to its logical conclusion.
CM seeks feasibility report
Acting swiftly on the representation for establishing of additional government college and government higher secondary schools in Dimapur, the chief minister has expressed desire that the concerned department examine matter and feasibility report be prepared and put up with comments/views on priority.
In an official communiqué to the chief secretary, the secretary to CM, Kelei Zeliang, stated that the representation was submitted by Dimapur Sumi Students’ Union (DSSU) general secretary, Steve Chophy, during the breakfast-cum-interactive session held with the chief minister on October 28, 2017.