Nagaland entrepreneurs want peace for economic development

March 2nd, 2008 - 1:37 pm ICT by admin  

By Vibou Ganguly Kohima, Mar 2 (ANI): Every section of the Nagaland society has different aspirations and hopes from the coming Assembly elections in the state.
Entrepreneurs in the state are expecting the advent of new economic incentives and better environment after the formation of a new government. Abeu Mero, a young entrepreneur involved in spice processing, is looking forward to a new dawn after the elections. She hopes that the new government will give importance to small time entrepreneurs like her and work towards bringing permanent peace for all-round development of the State. “Today, we are talking about a lot of economic development in the northeast including Nagaland. I am sure it is not very far from us. But, we need to have more serious committed people, to make sure that changes come through the participation of common people, local entrepreneurs and also identifying right thing at the right time,” said Mero.
The same is expectation of Theja Meru, an owner of Dream Cafe. He wants the government to pay more attention to infrastructure building and seeking professional help in developing the State. “Situation has improved drastically in the last ten years, with the ceasefire. But, we can’t totally say that our State has that amount of peace for the people, to come and invest, as extortion is still taking place. So, one thing, which government and people can do, is to really unite, to keep this in check. So, tomorrow the investor can feel comfortable to do something in our land. And we desperately need the investors,” said Meru.
All political parties are under pressure from the people of the State to deliver. In fact manifestos of the all political parties have promised to bring permanent peace and all round development of the State.
As the democracy in the State is maturing, people are becoming aware more and more about their responsibilities and rights. They know the power of vote and dynamics of democracy to change their fortune and the fortune of political parties, which fail to deliver. “I feel, for any kind of business to flourish, people need to have a change in attitude, as we need to be more progressive. Next stress should be on more sincere and dedicated government, to uplift their business, people and their economic policies and programs have to be more practical along with the infrastructure, market linkage and road connectivity should be the focused area,” said Vibilie Seyie, Project Coordinator, North East Agro Based Green Revolution Trust, Nagaland.
Dr.Tolto Metha, an entrepreneur, said, “I think stress should be put on the multinational companies because we have the land, the resources and manpower. So, it’s high time, we should invite some MNC’s to come and invest in Nagaland.” Nagaland has witnessed ten years of relative peace after the beginning of the peace process. People of the State have also seen that how democracy empowers them to choose their own destiny.
The younger generation in the State is also aware of the opportunities being offered to them through Look East Policy and open economy. No wonder they want a government, which can ensure permanent peace and prosperity. (ANI)

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