DIMAPUR, Oct 11 - Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang has pointed out that importing labourers from outside is ruining the State’s economy.Recently, various Naga organisations have come out strongly against influx of illegal immigrants into the State and demanded that Nagaland Government take the matter seriously.
“Importing labourers, builders and illegal immigrants from outside is a dangerous trend which is ruining our economy,” he said.
To stop the trend, the Chief Minister said his Government is laying emphasis on skill development of women and youth. He said this while speaking at the VDB conference 2017 in Kohima yesterday.
“The availability of skilled work force will facilitate them to set up micro enterprises in villages and help in sustainable development,” he said.
“Through skill development, tangible changes can be brought about in the village economy. Lack of skilled work force to a great extent have limited the scope of development in villages,” he said.
Zeliang made it clear that it is the mandate of the Rural Development department to ensure that apart from the implementation of Central and State programmes for poverty reduction and uplift of livelihoods of the rural poor, it has to take into consideration the socio-economic background and historical factors that have been responsible for the slow growth and development rate in the rural areas.
“The State in spite of making tremendous progress in terms of literacy and other human development indices especially in urban and town areas, our villages are still devoid of basic amenities of life. Therefore, the RD department and VDBs which are entrusted for the development of rural areas have to seriously ponder on how we can attain the desired level of development,” he said.