Nagaland event on Gandhi Jayanti
A view of the event.

The Nagaland Rural Development department launched people’s plan campaign on Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) at its conference hall in Kohima on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Saturday.

On the occasion, rural development commissioner and secretary Neposo Theluo also flagged off six waste disposal vehicles, funded under Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission (SPMRM), for Kohima Sadar under phase III.

The SPMRM is a scheme launched by the Government of India in 2016 to deliver integrated project-based infrastructure in the rural areas, development of economic activities and skill development.

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The preferred mode of delivery is through public-private partnerships while using various scheme funds for financing.

In his address, Theluo said it is befitting to launch the people’s plan campaign on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary because he believed that more power should be given to the village bodies and gram panchayats.

To achieve maximum success in implementing schemes, he said there has to be convergence with all departments as no department can work in isolation.

He said the department is expecting better coordination from the line departments this year and urge all the villages not to wait for the last moment to implement the schemes on time.

Theluo hoped that the villages will all come up with good development plans according to their needs this year.

Rural development director Liboni Humtsoe said October 2 is an important day for the department.

She hoped that the people’s plan campaign will be an effective strategy in ensuring the preparation of GPDP in a campaign mode for achieving the goals.

Humtsoe said under SPMRM, the department purchased four vehicles for sanitation for four ‘khels’ under Kohima village and two vehicles for trade and market for Chedema and Chedema Model Village.

“With the addition of these six new vehicles, we will have a cleaner environment and easy transportation of agri products to the markets which will surely enhance the economic status of the villages,” she added.

On behalf of Kohima village, Chedema and Chedema Model village, Kohima Village Council chairman Hielievio Solo thanked the department for providing the waste disposal vehicles.

Rural development officer Vilopi Sakhrie gave power-point presentation on the overview of GPDP.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com