St. Joseph’s College graduation day held

Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, Friday asserted that the state government was serious about the issues being faced by the students.

Addressing the Annual Graduation Day of the St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama in the College Indoor Stadium, the chief minister said the government has given foremost priority to issues of non-payment of teachers’ salary, disbursal of students’ scholarship and encroachment of educational land.

Rio maintained that his government has tried to bring the students under the financial inclusion by disbursing scholarships through bank accounts as many economic activities these days were being done through the bank.

Describing the economy of the state as “salary economy”, the chief minister stressed the need for venturing into private sector for economic growth of the state and solving unemployment problem.

Terming unemployment as a “huge problem”, the chief minister pointed out that there were over 70,000 unemployed youth in the state. Stating that there were a number of immigrants from outside working in Nagaland in various capacities, he said one should not only always look for the white collar jobs. He also cited the example of Japan, South Korea and Singapore and said that the development of a country does not depend on the natural resources but on human resources. Stating that Naga society was living under pressure, the chief minister said many Nagas do not earn but spend. In this regard, he called upon the people to change the mindset.

On the occasion, the chief minister congratulated the graduates and urged them to have confidence and be prepared to face challenges in life.

Rio also commended the college for providing quality education and being one of the best colleges under Nagaland University. He also congratulated the college on being graded A+ by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

Meanwhile, the chief minister conferred various awards and certificates to meritorious students.

State chief minister was accompanied by NLA Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshu and Advisor Youth Resources and Sports Er Zale Neikha.