Union Minister urges state to sign MoU for Svamitva scheme
Kohima, Oct. 29 (EMN): The Union Minister of State for Panchayati Raj, Kapil Moreshwar Patil, on Friday appealed to the government of Nagaland to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry to implement Svamitva scheme at the earliest.
Addressing the media persons after his visit to several locations in and around Kohima, Patil said the scheme, which aims at establishing a clear ownership of property in rural-inhabited areas, will benefit the people particularly to those living in rural areas, if implemented.
Speaking on the advantages of the scheme, he said that it is a reformative step towards establishment of property in rural inhabited areas. It provides legal ownership cards to the property owners, reducing property-related disputes and comprehensive village level planning. Through the property cards, citizens can avail loans and other financial benefits.
The union minister is said to have received a positive response on the Svamitva scheme from different states since its launch in April this year.
While lauding the efforts and contributions made by the community towards developing their respective areas, he said that the utilisation of central funds in the villages is impressive.
He said that Nagaland have the potential in tourism sector, which in turn, can generate economy of the state. Therefore, he urged people to take forward and developed tourism in the state.
Nagaland can become a tourist hotspot and more emphasised should be given toward this sector for the growth of the state economy, he said while assuring Centre’s help towards this.
He reiterated that the vision of the prime minister is to develop the eight north-eastern states including Nagaland. His vision to take forward the region is evident even as projects after projects are being implemented in the area, he said.
He went on to say that the centre has allotted INR 125 crore for the development of the state under the 15th Finance Commission.
An update from DIPR also informed that Patil visited Kigwema village on Friday and later unveiled the foundation stone of Sanstriti Kendra cum development of playground. He also met with the village functionaries and sportsperson at Hotel de Oriental Grand in Kohima on the same day.