Dimapur is the largest at 32700, followed by Kohima at 10900 and Mokokchung at 2215
Kohima, September 24 (MExN): According to a survey, there are 13,000 business branches/units of Nagas and non-Nagas in three district headquarters alone, and about 45,815 non-Nagas make a living with an annual income of Rs 450 crore.
Dimapur had the largest non-Naga workforce with 32700 people, followed by Kohima with a workforce of 10900 and Mokokchung with a non-Nagas workforce of 2215. The construction sector employed most non-Nagas, followed by loading and unloading of goods at train stations, bus stations, and godowns. The third largest sector employing labor was commerce and entrepreneurial activities such as running small shops and side businesses, followed by running grocery stores and rationing shops.
These figures were announced by Secretary, Works & Housing, Kesonyü Yhome, IAS while speaking as the guest speaker of Angami Gazetted Officers’ Krotho (AGOK) Krüta Nousi Kehou with his units SAGOK, NAGOK, WAGOK and CGOK along with village level officers Krotho to uphold the AGOK motto “U Themia Dzevi” on September 23 at the Capital Convention Center.
According to a DIPR report, Yhome said over 93,000 educated unemployed youth were registered in the employment office register and the real number could be double or even higher, he said.
Nagaland has more than 1.2 lakh government employees in relation to the population in the country and access to government services has not only become scarce but also very competitive, he added.
One of the most prominent reasons for unemployment among educated youth seems to be a strong addiction only to certain special courses (medicine, engineering), pursuit of clerical jobs/preferring government service, lack of work ethic, etc. These preferences lead to a significant loss of opportunities that available within the state. “This can easily be estimated by considering the number of non-Nagas employed in the unorganized and private sector of the state, which otherwise could have been capitalized by the Nagas themselves,” he noted.
“To bring about change we need to change our perspectives, if we don’t change our perspectives, we will remain as it is today in the coming days,” he added.
Entrepreneurs cannot access the right environment and information
Commissioner & Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Kekhrievor Kevichüsa, IPoS, said that the entrepreneurial spirit in Nagas is very strong, however, entrepreneurs in our state have failed over the years due to lack of access to the right environment, information, etc.
Therefore, he called on AGOK members to take responsibility for disseminating appropriate and timely information to those suffering from financial hardship or facing problems in accessing the right guidance and getting the right information.
He highlighted the importance, benefits and criteria of a program called “PMRY” by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, which aims to provide educated unemployed youth with employment through micro-enterprise creation, self-employment, business start-ups and services, etc.
Rethinking is the need of the hour
Additional Secretary for Labour, Employment, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Kovi Meyase, NCS, mentioned some of the Ministry of Employment, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship programs to upskill youth, such as: B. Industrial Training Institutes, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), NEC Funded Skills Programs etc. He said youngsters who want to start businesses should use Leveraging Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) and take advantage of the Entrepreneurship Development Program which will cover 60 candidates.
The state’s youth are mostly dependent on the government for a source of employment, but with saturation of the sector and limited industrial activities, the unemployment rate in the state has risen sharply, he said.
He said this was mainly due to low job performance and insufficient infrastructure to support job training. Lack of awareness, lack of motivation, alternative employment, socio-cultural factors as barriers, economic factors, political framework, educational system and orientation are the main causes of unemployment, Meyase added.
He said a mindset change is the need of the hour as the government is unable to employ all the educated youth in the state. Therefore, he urged the educated unemployed youth to take up alternative forms of employment (both wage labor and self-employment) other than government jobs.
I have to go back to the country
Retd Joint Director, Agriculture, Vizonyü Liezietsu urged the educated unemployed youth to return to the countryside instead of relying on the government alone, considering the current state of our state’s economy.
He emphasized the scope and prospects of Agri & Allied and how it would help one become self-reliant in this rapidly changing world. He said we can produce enough food and vegetables for our own consumption, but we don’t have enough production for commercial purposes. Therefore, he strongly emphasized the importance and benefits of commercializing our crops through different methods at different times of the year.
He also warned against using insecticides or pesticides without knowing how to use them, as it would not only affect our vegetation but also have future health implications.
Liezietsu also appealed to members to preserve our dialect, culture and traditions as these are the inherent traits that make up one’s identity.
AGOK President Neilasa Sopfü gave the keynote speech and way forward, while AGOK Vice President Er Nirei-e Nisa proposed the vote of thanks. Akho Neikha & Friends presented a special number while offering the invocation of Associate Pastor, Khedi Baptist Church, Kohima, Kezhakietuo Belho.
The DIPR report stated that the program was organized together with all Kicha/Rüna officers. It was attended by AHODs, HODs and other well-wishers.