DIMAPUR, Jan 30 � Nagaland will be the first State in the country to bring out the Human Development Report (HDR) of all the districts once the HDRs for Zunheboto and Peren districts are completed in a month�s time.
Briefing media persons in Kohima, State Chief Secretary Alemtemshi Jamir informed that district HDRs covering Kohima, Mon and Phek districts were released in 2010. The reports were received with positive response by both Planning Commission and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Inspired by the response, the department of Planning and Coordination, brought out the HDRs for six districts of Kiphire, Mokokchung, Dimapur, Tuensang, Wokha and Longleng this year. The HDRs were released by Nagaland Governor Dr Ashwani Kumar and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on the occasion of the 65th Republic Day celebrations at Secretariat Plaza in Kohima, he added.
He also revealed that the 2nd State Human Development Report would be released very soon.
Informing that Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations was to bring out the HDR of all the countries, Jamir proclaimed that Nagaland was the first State to bring out a book, the sub national level HDR.
He expressed pride that the entire HDRs were written in-house by involving the grassroots people with the DCs of respective district as team leaders, thereby making the entire process inclusive and participatory.
Dr Manoj Pant, Professor from JNU New Delhi, who was the main guiding force and architect of the reports, observed that an important innovative feature of Nagaland HDR was the addition of a section � �Voices of the People�, where all the writers of the reports were sent to the districts to interact with the stakeholders. He also said the first report was written with consultants from Delhi and other parts of the country, but the current District HDRs were written basing on data through survey and information provided by the departments.
Commissioner & Secretary, Land Resources, Menukhol John, who was the lead writer of the Wokha district HDR, informed that the district showed the 2nd highest literacy rate in the State.
OSD Planning, Kevileno Angami informed that the previous HDRs released in 2004 and 2010 were funded by UNDP and Government of India whereas the recent district HDRs were funded by the State Government at a cost of Rs 75 lakh.