Govt Efforts Paid Dividends in Peace: Nagaland Guv

Govt Efforts Paid Dividends in Peace: Nagaland Guv
Nagaland government's pursuance of the twin objectives of development and security has paid dividends as the state has witnessed "much improvement" in the law and order front.

Addressing the Assembly on the opening day of the budget session today, Governor Nikhil Kumar said it was a matter of satisfaction that barring a few incidents of inter-factional violence, the state was by and large peaceful during the year.

The state government had coined the slogan 'Peace for development and development for peace', he said.

The Governor pointed out that while police and security forces worked tirelessly to maintain peace, efforts from tribal hohos, churches and civil societies, especially the Forum for Naga Re-conciliation (FNR), yielded good results.

The overwhelming response to the conclave organised by the FNR at Dimapur on February 29 last, he said, was a strong indication of the people's desire for peace and re-conciliation.

He informed the House that the government accorded special attention to expansion and modernisation of the state police force for which the state had been receiving funds from the Centre under police modernisation programme.

Highlighting the activities undertaken by various government departments during the current year and outlining the future programmes, the Governor said it was unfortunate that the state could not harness its potential even as Nagaland is blessed with vast mineral resources.

He said a Cabinet Sub-Committee was working actively to evolve a consensus on modalities for production of oil and other minerals so that the people derived the maximum benefits.

Kumar also said the government accorded top priority to attaining self sufficiency in agro and allied sectors, particularly to achieve food security for all.
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