Communitisation needs more time to develop in Nagaland
Comminitisation in Nagaland should not be rushed and more time should be given for it to evolve as a wholesome approach for development – this is what several eminent people who have worked in Nagaland feel. This opinion comes at a time when there is news of this system of community ownership over land and resources in the state having failed to meet the expectations of the state government and different civil society groups.
Former Nagaland chief secretary RS Pandey said in an interview that expectation levels are very high and communities in the state have the potential to deliver much more than is expected. However it will take time.
Pandey is among those responsible for popularising the concept of communitisation in the state. It was introduced in 2002-03 and after the enactment of Nagaland Communitisation Act on public institutions and services the same year, the government, in phases, handed over ownership and management of education, health care, water supply, electricity, tourism and bio-diversity conservation to the communities.
Despite falling short of meeting the set expectations, there are voices speaking for furthering this unique idea. Recalling when the concept was first introduced in Nagaland, Caisii Mao, a researcher and journalist based in Nagaland, said, “When the government had first floated the idea and the word related to this had got around, no one had imaged that it would be such a huge success. Though it is true that till now the success story has been restricted to only a few sectors and areas, this unique concept has brought out that there is a lot of potential in the area.”
A study carried out in Nagaland under a media fellowship offered by the National Foundation for India (NFI) shows that there is abundant scope for more work related to sustainable development in several more areas and sectors in the state. However the study also indicates that much is still left to be done.
26 Sep 2015 - 8:57pm | Siddhartha Handique
A college girl was crushed to death dead by a speeding truck leaving a pall of gloom in the entire Golaghat district on Saturday.
The tragic incident took place at Balijan area in Dergaon where a moving truck crushed to death Seema Das when she was on her way to college on a bicycle in the morning.
Immediately after the incident the truck managed to flee from the spot. The HS first year student of Dergaon Junior College died on the spot.
18 Apr 2009 - 12:57am | Jayanta Kumar Das
Health minister of Assam and congress spokesperson Dr.Himanta Biswa Sarma has turned tide in favour of congress in the 8 Mangaldai HPC. He addressed six big election rallies in 8 Mangaldai HPC on the same day on April 17.Nearly five thousand people attended his first election rally at Lakhimpur followed by Amba Chouk with three thousand, Nepali bazaar with ten thousand, Asimtal with seven thousand, Balabari with five thousand,Dahi and Janaramchouka with thousands respectively. Addressing people at Lakhimpur under Kalaigaon LAC,Himanta hit hard at BJP, AGP and AUDF.He said that congress had been paying salaries of the employees regularly while AGP had failed to pay its employees ,not to speak of developmental works.Himanta also severely criticized AGP for their unholy alliance with BJP.According to him people of Assam would would give their verdict against the so called alliance just to remove congress from power.He also said that outcome of the secret alliance between AGP BJP and AUDF would prove to be fatal for the parties.Himanta also criticized Chandra Mohan Patowary for his close association in the secret killings while AGP had been in power. Himanta asked BJP the reason for the absence of Narayan Barkataki (who had been MP from Mangaldai) in the election campaign in his former constituency.The congress spokesperson also criticized BPF and said that it had been unnecessarily wasting huge amounts of public money by fielding their own candidate against congress in 8 Mangaldai HPC.According to him the money could well have been utilized for the developmental works.Several party workers of AGP, BJP and Bodo Peace Forum formally joined congress in the rally.
3 Feb 2014 - 5:16pm | AT News
Several people have been injured when policemen sprang upon a crowd of KMSS protesters in Titabor on Monday.
The incident took place in the afternoon when thousands of people were participating at a dharna in front of the Titabor SDO office demanding CBI probe into the alleged scam in the water supply scheme.
Protestors told Assam Times that despite repeated request the SDO was reluctant to receive their memorandum. “Policemen on duty started flogging us indiscriminately without any altercation. They lobbed tear gas shell at us and even resorted to blank firing,” they said.
But according to the police sources, the situation turned violent when a section of protestors started pelting stones at the securitymen.
Later police detained KMSS president Akhil Gogoi resulting in protest in the form of rail and road blockade across the state.