| Nagaland governor Ashwani Kumar (second from left) at the programme in Phek on Friday. Telegraph picture |
Kohima, Sept. 13: Nagaland governor Ashwani Kumar today said his interactions with the people of the state in the past five months had revealed that they desperately want peace and progress for the sake of their children and the future generations.
Speaking at a programme at Phek, the district headquarters, he said all Nagas want their children to have the best education, which is one of their five priorities.
“We have education but there is a question mark on its quality. We have schools but no teachers. The results of government schools require improvement,” Kumar said.
The second on the people’s priority list is good hospitals and improved health services, Kumar said, adding that Nagaland needs a medical college immediately besides paramedical institutions and pathological laboratories.
The governor stressed on the need to win the fight against diseases like TB and AIDS.
The third priority is roads and electricity, Kumar said, adding, “We all require supply of electricity and good quality roads.”
Saying that the fourth priority was employment for youths, Kumar stressed on the need to generate employment.
In Nagaland, apart from government jobs, other sources of livelihood include agriculture, horticulture, poultry, piggery, forestry, agro-based industries and infrastructure development.
Kumar said there appears to be a mismatch between what is being taught in schools and colleges and the skills required by these youths to earn a livelihood.
“The fifth issue is most important for Nagaland and the future of our children. It is the socio-economic development of our state and Phek in particular. Finances are not a problem, as the Centre is giving enough money. More than 90 per cent of our budget comes from the Union government every year,” Kumar said.
He said many units were either closed or working at a snail’s pace, like the Tuli paper mill or the cement plant at Phek.
Stating that he has a lot of hope from the people of Phek district, he said, “You have always provided the lead to the rest of Nagaland.”
Referring to a memorandum submitted by various organisations, Kumar promised to do everything in his power to take steps to fulfil demands and solve grievances.
The Chakhesang Public Organisation and Pochury Public Forum today requested Kumar to assist in expediting peace talks with the Centre.
Phek Government College, submitted a memorandum to the governor, seeking upgrade of the college library and the science and computer laboratories, besides establishing a smart classroom.
The governor will visit Glory Peak and Pfutsero College tomorrow.