2 july ; State Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio said that the time has come to think collectively and not individually in order to usher in development in the State. He said that it is time to change mindsets and attitudes and move progressively. Speaking at the inaugural function of the new Directorate Office Building of the Industries and Commerce Department at Kohima this morning, Rio said that the DAN Government had focused much of its formative years on infrastructural development and there has been significant changes in the landscape of the State in just few years. He said that everyone should make conscious efforts to maintain these infrastructural assets. Rio also said that the State possesses vast untapped natural resources and the Government is thinking of capitalizing on positive assets to improve the living condition of the people.
Stating that the Department of Industries and Commerce is a key player in generation of activities and providing a conducive atmosphere of trade and commerce, Rio said that the youth should come forward and avail the opportunities provided by the Government to take up self employment schemes and entrepreneurship. He said that one should identify the locally available raw materials and make the best use of them. He emphasized on quality control and said that the Industrial Revolution, the Green Revolution and the White Revolutions are yet to make its mark in Nagaland due to deficiencies in various quarters and challenged the youth to come forward and make a difference.
Rio said that the Government of India is setting up two Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Nagaland, which is one of the first of its kind in the Northeast Region. The two SEZs are the Multi Product Special Economic Zone and Agro Food Processing Special Economic Zone. He said that the Department of Industries and Commerce will change the social and economic landscapes of the State and the department should gear up for the success of these two ventures. Rio further congratulated the Department for the successful completion of the new building and hoped that the Department would rededicate to work for the people. He also congratulated the contractors and the architect for the impressive work done.
Minister for Urban Development & Higher Education, Dr. Shürhozelie in his speech said that an industry is a system of economic development of the State and highlighted on the advancement of the industrial revolution. He said that Nagaland has raw materials and natural resources which are yet to be explored and stresses on the need of close coordination between line departments. He said that industrial planning should be more on genetic lines with more use of human intervention. Shürhozelie said that the Department of Industries & Commerce work in tandem with the local entrepreneurs and so capacity building for the beneficiaries should play a vital role to ensure all-round development. He congratulated the Parliamentary Secretary, I&C, Dr. K.C. Nihoshe for completing the project during his tenure and also congratulated the present Rajya Sabha member, Khekiho Zhimomi who had initiated the new building construction during his tenure.
Parliamentary Secretary, I&C, Dr. Nihoshe, in his short speech said that the successful completion of the building is a fitting example of the progress made by the State Government under the leadership of the present Chief Minister. He called upon the people to work in tandem with the Government to do away with land, security and power problems so that people from outside can come and invest in the State.
Director, I&C, G. Keppen Rengma in his brief report said that the building construction was started during 2004-05 and has been completed at an estimated rate of Rs. 22.5 crores. The building has 78 rooms including 19 rooms with attached toilets and 12 common toilets, and a conference hall with a sitting capacity of 250-300 persons. He said that an annexe of the building will house the Regional Chairman NE-II Food Processing Industries. The contractors of the building are Vilelie Khamo and Richard Belho, who is also the architect of the building. The welcome speech was delivered by Commissioner & Secretary, I&C, Imkonglemba IAS while the programme was chaired by Chief Secretary, Lalthara, IAS.