Nagaland Opposition leader TR Zeliang (centre) at the inaugural programme of Jalukie Pungchi village on Thursday.

Nagaland Opposition leader TR Zeliang today appealed to the people to look for an alternative source of income as government jobs are scarce in the State.

Inaugurating the Jalukie Pungchi village in Jalukie sub-division under Peren district, Zeliang urged the people to take up sustainable farming and plantation which can yield more income.

Jalukie Pungchi village was established on October 22, 2012, and was recognised by the Nagaland Government on October 12, 2017.

He said Jalukie Pungchi village is amongst the largest in terms of area amongst other villages at Jalukie while noting that the village has the potential to become like an urban settlement.

He said the Jalukie valley is blessed with the best and most fertile land in Nagaland and is also regarded as the rice bowl of the State.

Stating that the village is located in the foothills of Peren district, Zeliang exhorted the village authority to make a master plan in order to make it a model village with well-planned roads, drainage.

Asking the Jalukie valley people to work hard, he said the valley can be the next “Punjab of Nagaland” and can hold the economy of the State.

Zeliang also urged the landowners not to sell their land for short-term relief and instead protect and preserve it for future generations.

He also unveiled the monolith at Peren district welcome gate.

A special number by Nangkamlak Pame, folk dance by Jalukie Students’ Union and a special dance by Gorkha Baptist Church Fellowship were some of the highlights of the inaugural programme.

Bhadra Gogoi

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