Along with all rest of the states of India, Nagaland’s Street Food Festival & Job Mela was launched in the state capital by minister for Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, Metsubo Jamir, at the directorate of Urban Development, Kohima on Friday.
A fortnight of events named ‘Shehri Samridhi Utsav’ focusing on urban livelihoods is being organised by the State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) in collaboration with Food Safety, Nagaland under Health & Family Welfare and Kohima Municipal Council, which will continue from February 1 to 15.
A workshop for Self-Help Groups (SHG) and Job Mela was organized on February 1 to kick start the festival.
Metsubo Jamir, in his speech, said urban prosperity actually depends on rural prosperity. “What the urban areas require is provided only by the rural area. This is the cycle of our economy” he said. He laid emphasis on providing better facilities for the rural vendors so that they may market their goods in the urban areas better and help the economy.
Metsubo also spoke about the importance of forming SHGs to assist the community, maintain public property and also so that individuals can earn a livelihood. He urged the people, particularly of rural areas, to make use of their free time and contribute to development, as in maintenance of roads and other infrastructure.
Advisor, Rural Development, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, in his speech, emphasized on dignity of labour and said “We consider ourselves too high and are reluctant to do manual work apart from government jobs.”
He pointed out that not all educated and qualified youth would find placement in the already saturated government sector.
Dr. Nicky was of the view that schemes should reach even the wards and colonies so that maximum benefits can be derived from them, especially by poor and downtrodden urban dwellers.
Principal Secretary, UDD, Abhishek Singh, highlighting the functions and aims of the department said that its prime focus was to provide basic amenities, urban facility access, and reach out to the poorest of the poor.
He urged for awareness about Municipal Council and Urban Development to be spread and ensure that beneficiaries are benefitted from the programs implemented by the department. State mission director (NULM), S. Takatuba Aier delivered the welcome address and secretary, UDD & chairman SUDA, S. Nyanbemo Tsanglao chaired the program.
A workshop was also conducted by Food Safety (Health & Family Welfare), AYUSH (Health & Family Welfare) and Urban Development (SUDA) and job mela by IIJT, Kohima, AICSM, Wokha and Zynorics Initiative, Kohima.
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