With the declaration of 2008-09 as the 'Year of Capacity Building', the Nagaland government has adopted a slew of measures encompassing all sections of society to contribute to growth and development in the state.
Immediately after announcement of the programme in the annual budget for 2008-09, the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government constituted a task force headed by the Development Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary Lalthara.
The task force has worked out strategies and action plans for implementing the Capacity Building initiatives in all sectors with special emphasis on improvement of the government delivery system and generation of self-employment.
All government departments have been directed to work out their individual departmental proposal for capacity building relevant to their respective field and submit it to the chairman of the task force by April 25, officials said.
As part of this initiative, a ten-member group from the Directorate of Information and Public Relation (DIPR) has been sent to the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi for a refresher course on media.
The state government has insisted on imparting training and skill to middle-level officers as they actually have to work in the field level.
With DAN coming to power for the second consecutive term, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio declared the year 2008-09 as the 'Year of Capacity Building' in his budget.
Officials pointed out that after declaring VDBs as non-banking financial institution, their roles had now been expanded to economic activities from its initial task of village infrastructure development.
The third and most important aspect of the programme was to build the capacity of the Naga youth so that they could find gainful employment outside the government. Many youth successfully ventured into self-employed activities and enterprises after the government declared the year 2006-07 as the 'Year of Youth Empowerment'.
The financial assistance through the CM Corpus Fund helped such enterprising youth to take up non-traditional business activities like professional music, micro credit operation, travel and tourism, event management and IT enabled services.
The government was committed to continue and expand this effort towards generation of self-employment and spending of quality time by the Naga youth, the chief minister recently told newsmen.
The government had already constituted a music task force to promote music as an industry in Nagaland keeping in mind the talent of the youth.