DIMAPUR, Aug 14 - Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has appealed to all sections of the Naga people, particularly the tribal hohos, civil society groups, NGOs, youth, women and farmers, to come forward and support the Naga peace process with a spirit of understanding, brotherhood and unity.�������
Greeting the people of Nagaland on the eve of the 72nd Independence Day today, Acharya hoped that the efforts of the people would scale new heights for overall development of the State which, in turn, would contribute significantly to the progress and prosperity of the nation.
The Governor expressed pain that incessant rains wreaked havoc in the State over the past few weeks, resulting in damage to roads and houses. He said the government machinery is making all-out efforts to restore the damaged infrastructure and provide relief and rehabilitation.�
Stating that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has called for public donations to the flood relief fund, Acharya also appealed to all to contribute liberally for the relief of the victims of natural disasters.
He said the Central Government is committed to raising the living standards of citizens and ensuring inclusive growth for all. Acharya termed the new role of the Governors�as �vikas ke rajdoot� (agents of development). He said the recently concluded conference of governors in New Delhi discussed how they (the governors) can be catalytic agents for change in the society.
Accordingly, the Governor said, he strives to motivate all the five universities of the State, the Indian Red Cross Society, Bharat Scouts and Guides, the Rajya Sainik Board and the North East Zone Cultural Centre of which he is the ex-officio head.�
Acharya stressed that the universities and organisations have to reach out to strengthen the society and be the nodal agents to identify and motivate the beneficiaries of Central and State government flagship programmes. �
The Governor stated he had called upon these organisations to adopt villages and constitute a team to visit the identified villages to interact with targeted beneficiaries of flagship welfare schemes and projects.
He said as per the Prime Minister�s aim for equal development of all districts, Kiphire has been selected as an aspirational district among 115 backward districts of the country. Acharya said he had requested the Prime Minister to include Mon as an aspirational district too.
Referring to President Ram Nath Kovind�s appeal to all to come out of �silos�,�Acharya said �we have to change our self-centred mindset.��
The Governor said there are three lakh�graduates among the 20 lakh population of Nagaland.�He urged the youths to take up entrepreneurship and make Nagaland�a golden State by proper use of natural resources and converting them into wealth.�