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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

People best judge for DAN's performance: Dr Shurhozelie

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Kohima, 02 April (NEPS): Nagaland Minister for Planning and Urban Development Dr Shurhozelie said the DAN government in its four years of rule had done lot of developmental works in the state. "Our people are the best judge for the performance of the DAN government during its last four years of rule in the state," the minister said.

Talking to NEPS here, the minister agreed to the opposition Congress' claim that major projects like IG Stadium, Referral Hospital and Police Headquarters were started during their time. "There is no dispute on this but the question is if the Congress remained in power, these projects would remain as a white elephant," he stated.

Dr Shurhozelie recalled that late Rajiv Gandhi laid the foundation stone of the IG Stadium and for many years, it remained like that if not no progress was there in the stadium. It was only after the DAN ministry came to power, Rs 10.50 crore was pumped in 2003 and completed the First Phase of the Stadium. "Our contractors also worked day and night and in October 2003, a Civic Reception of the then NDA Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was held at this very ground," the minister added. "Buoyed by the developments in the stadium, the Prime Minister gave Rs 18 crore to complete the Second Phase."

The minister also denied the opposition charges that it did not take up any major projects in the state. He said the government started Sainik School Project in the state and completed it in record time and admission already started for the academic sessions. "We have initiated many projects and many are also in the pipelines," he disclosed.

Dr Shurhozelie also said he started small programs for town development, as in the past, there was nothing for the town. The RD department was only for the villagers and the VDB used to get their shares, while leaving nothing for the town dwellers. At the same time, heavy migration to the towns increased and the urbanization became very fast. "To mitigate this problem, I have taken up some programs for the development of towns in 2005-6 and provided Rs 2 crore," he stated. "In the meantime, we received so many demands.'

Again for the current financial year (2006-7), they got Rs 8 crore. "In order to do justice, we have also selected 66 towns that included all district HQs, SDO HQs, EAC HQs," he said. He however pointed out that EAC HQs should be having population of 2000 and above but in some cases they had to consider like in the case of Alongtaki that had no town, so they included Longchem.

To avoid misappropriation of funds, the minister said they had prepared a guideline and also asked all the 66 selected towns to set up Local Development Committee (LDC). "It is only a small amount as some may get Rs 10 lac or 5 lac," he said. "But once it is judiciously used, it is big amount."

Assuring that he would not put his hand as the LDCs had been empowered to prepare their projects for the approval; Dr Shurhozelie said he asked the Committee to use the funds judiciously as "it is their pride only."

- Asian Tribune -

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