India’s President Draupadi Murmu said the entire North East has the potential to become the country’s organic food basket.

She attended the civic reception held in her honor by the Government of Nagaland and practically inaugurated/laid the foundation stone of various projects related to education, road infrastructure and financial sector in Kohima.

The president said that infrastructure development is a key parameter for the growth of a state. The Government of India’s Act East Policy focuses on the overall development of the North East region.

The President said the dynamic youth of Nagaland are extremely talented and creative. With a literacy rate of over 80%, skilled young men and women of Nagaland, well versed in the English language, work in IT, hospitality and other sectors across India. Providing young people with a holistic education remains the key to helping them realize their true potential. She was confident that new initiatives related to Schools and Homes for Girls, Eklavya Model Boarding Schools and Smart Classrooms Project will give new impetus to education in the state.

The president noted that the female literacy rate in the state is higher than the national average and that Nagaland is the safest place for women in the country. She said it demonstrates the great respect given to women in Naga society. She urged women in Nagaland to come forward and be more involved in public life. She said if women were empowered, there would be more development in society.

The President said that Nagaland could be truly proud of institutionalizing its traditional mode of local self-government through the Nagaland Villages and Tribal Councils Act 1978. She noted that today, village councils and village development councils are established modes of decentralized governance throughout Nagaland. She was pleased to note that Nagaland introduced the pioneering concept of communalization with the aim of building partnership between government and community for the effective management of public sector institutions to improve service delivery.

Highlighting the fact that around 70% of agricultural practices in Nagaland are traditional and organic, the President said the entire North East has the potential to become the country’s organic food basket. Good quality agro-horticultural products from Nagaland are in high demand in the market. She was happy to see that three agricultural products – Naga tree tomato, Naga cucumber and Naga Mircha – are labeled GI. She said the opening of Naturally Nagaland outlets by the state government has provided a new platform for local entrepreneurs, farmers and weavers to sell traditional handicrafts and looms, the beautiful Naga shawls. and varieties of organic products.

The President said that there is huge tourism potential in Nagaland.

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