The Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) in their statement “Why Frontier Nagaland” have provided a comprehensive analysis shedding light on the stark developmental disparities between Eastern Nagaland and the rest of the state. Through a detailed examination of various major sectors, the analysis reveals significant contrasts in infrastructure and institutional presence between Eastern Nagaland and other parts of the state.

The report, sourced from the ENSF’s analysis of comparative developmental studies, underscores the glaring absence of critical infrastructure and institutions in Eastern Nagaland compared to areas such as Kohima, Dimapur, and Chumoukedima (See table).

Out of the 25 major developmental sectors analyzed, Kohima is mentioned 12 times, Dimapur 9 times, and Medziphema and Chumoukedima a total of 7 times. Mokokchung has two mentions: Nagaland Pulp & Paper Mill and Agriculture Research Centre, while Zunheboto has a mention for Nagaland University. Notably, mentions of Phek and Wokha were absent from the analysis along with the newly created districts.

The disparity in developmental allocation comes under scrutiny in light of Chief Minister Rio’s recent remarks during the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. Addressing concerns raised by MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu regarding equitable distribution of resources, Chief Minister Rio reaffirmed the government’s commitment to equitable development across all districts and constituencies.

Chief Minister Rio emphasized that the government’s plans and programs are designed to address the needs of every region, with additional resources allocated to backward areas to expedite development. He cited ongoing programs aimed at uplifting disadvantaged regions as evidence of the government’s dedication to equitable growth.

In light of the comprehensive analysis by the ENSF and Chief Minister Rio’s commitment to equitable development, the question arises: Will Nagaland see a tangible shift towards balanced growth, addressing not only the disparities between Eastern Nagaland and the rest of the state, but also the over-concentration of resources in Kohima, Dimapur, and Chumoukedima?

Mokokchung Times

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