KOHIMA, MAY 28 (NPN): Chief minister Neiphiu Rio Wednesday said a recent survey conducted by Directorate of Evaluation with research support from YouthNet, has revealed that in the three districts of Dimapur, Kohima and Mokukchung, there were more than 45,000 non-Nagas gainfully employed and earning about Rs. 450 crores annually. “This is worrisome. We need to seriously ask ourselves why we cannot perform our own jobs. Why do we have to be dependent on outsiders to do our manual jobs?” Rio questioned while releasing a report of the Nagaland State Youth Consultation on Employment titled “The Voices – Uncensored”, here in the state capital.The chief minister also said employment was not merely a means of livelihood for young people but also a means of self discovery. “Young people are usually full of hope and energy. Their rich imaginative minds are ideal for innovations that can lead to enormous economic and political changes. The Government is, therefore, determined to go beyond nurturing and supporting them. We also want to have them as partners in our development programmes,” Rio said.Stating that the State government had taken a number of initiatives towards youth empowerment, the chief minister said the most important component of such initiatives was to enable the youth to find gainful employment, either as self employed entrepreneurs or as employees in organized private and public sectors. He also expressed confidence that the state-wide youth consultation would come out with practical ideas and suggestions to enhance the success rate of various existing schemes, besides suggesting introduction of new schemes including the Chief Minister's Corpus Fund for employment. The chief minister later gave away awards to 13 successful entrepreneurs selected from all the districts.Director YouthNet and state coordinator YES, Hekani Jakhalu, gave a talk on YES (Youth Employment Summit).
(Courtesy: Nagaland Post)