DIPR Naga News (11.8.2021)
August 11, 2021
MINISTERS/ADVISORS TO UNFURL NATIONAL FLAGON I-DAY CELEBRATION
The State Government through the Home Department informed that the following Ministers/Advisors will unfurl the National Flag and take the Rashtriya salute on Independence Day, the 15thAugust 2021 at the place mentioned against their names below:-
|Sl. No.||Name & Designation||Place|
|1.||Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister||Kohima|
Speaker, Nagaland Legislative Assembly
Minister,Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue & Parliamentary Affairs
Minister, Health & Family Welfare
Minister, TPT, Land Resources
Minister, Housing, Mechanical
Minister, Soil & Water Conservation, Geology & Mining
Minister, Higher Education & Tribal Affairs
|11.||R. Khing. Advisor,
Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Women Resources Development
Advisor, Water Resources
Advisor, School Education
In partial modification to Home Department office of even number Dated 06/08/2021, Tovihoto Ayemi, Advisor, Power will unfurl the national flag and take Rashtriya salute at Tuensang instead of Deputy Chief Minister, Yanthungo Patton on Independence Day, 15th August 2021.
NAGALAND SDG VISION 2030 TO BE LAUNCHED ON 17th AUGUST
The Sustainable Development Goals coordination Centre (SDGCC) under Planning & Coordination Department will be organizing a programme to launch the ‘Nagaland SDG VISION 2030’ Document and ‘District SDG Localisation and Integration Manual’ on 17th August 2021 at the Capital Convention Centre, Kohima, at 10:00 A.M.
A State-level workshop on SDG India Index 2020-21 and Multidimensional Poverty Index will also be conducted by officials from NITI Aayog for representatives of the various State Departments.
(I Tiakumla Ao, IA)
COVID-19 STATUS HIGHLIGHTED AT ZUNHEBOTO DPDB MEETING
The Zunheboto District Planning and Development Board held its monthly meeting on 11th August 2021 at DC’s conference hall under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner and vice chairman DPDB, Zunheboto, Peter Lichamo.
The meeting mainly focused on the forthcoming 75th Independence Day celebration at the district and other sub-divisions, in which DC reiterated the work distributions, to be carried up by different departments.
Dy CMO Zunheboto, Dr.Akaho Sema gave a detailed report on the current covid situation at the district in which he informed that, the department has intensified sample testing by installing 35 testing facilities across the district. He also informed that out of a total of 3,999 samples tested in the last 9 days, 57 samples came positive which numbered at 1.4% which is at a relatively safe zone, he added. Dr. Sema also said that the team aims to administer 1,000 samples for testing in the coming 20 days. The board members were also informed that, so far 42,855 doses of vaccination have been administered and the district also had a total of 13 villages which are totally vaccinated. He concluded by say that 15% of eligible citizens are yet to be vaccinated.
The board also deliberated on other agenda including reconstitution of aspiration block.
FLAG RALLY ORGANIZED AT NOKLAK
A Flag Rally was organized at Noklak town in commemoration of the 75th year of India’s Independence (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) on 11th August 2021.
During the occasion, Deputy Commissioner, Noklak, Hiazu Meru briefed the youth on how India got its Independence in 1947 from the British rule. The DC advised them to contribute in whatever possible way they can do for the country. He expressed hope that, along with the rest of the country, Noklak, the newest district of Nagaland, will also march towards the goals of progress and development. Meru expressed his gratitude to all the volunteers who had took part in the programme.
The flag rally started at main town and proceeded to DC’s office complex where a short programme was held.
Meanwhile, plantation drive along the roadsides of Noklak town was also conducted to mark the occasion.
The programme was organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra Tuensang (Noklak Unit), Nagaland in collaboration with Noklak District administration, with SDO (Civil) C.Phuniang and EAC Sadar, Noklak, P.Pukha Lam as officers in-charge.
(K. K. Chim, IA Noklak)
YOUTH MARCH HELD AT PEREN
A youth march was held at Peren on 11th August in commemoration of 75 years of India’s Independence. The march started at Govt. Higher Secondary School till Additional Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Peren.
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mhathung Tsanglao, NCS highlighted on the significance of the march and said that it is inspired by Gandhi’s March. The ADC encouraged the youth to stand on their own feet as they are the future and stressed on the need to be self-reliant nation.
National Service Scheme from Government College and Nehru Yuva Kendra Peren volunteers along with district administration and information and public relations department officials took part in the event.
(Kiso, IA Peren)
CANSSEA CALLS ON CHIEF SECRETARY
The Confederation of All Nagaland State Services Employees’ Association (CANSSEA) led by its President, Dr. Ilang met Chief Secretary, Nagaland J. Alam, IAS and submitted representation in his office chamber on the 9th of August 2021.
The Chief Secretary expressed his happiness on meeting the CANSSEA officials and called on them to work hand in hand with the Government. We can achieve much when we work together through mutual understanding, he stated and added that government employees are the back bone of the society and especially at the time of pandemic, one can do their bit by being present in their places of posting and helping the public whenever needed. The Chief Secretary also assured to look into the following representations that were submitted by the CANSSEA Officials viz:
- Representation for Grant of DA/ADA to state Government Employees WEF 01-01-2020 to 30-06-2021.
- Office memorandum for relaxation of qualifying years of service for promotion, regarding Revocation, Review/Modification of earlier OM’S.
- The induction into IAS Cadre through promotion and selection for State Civil Service and other services, Rule of the Indian Administrative Service (Recruitment) Rules 1954; vis-à-vis Non SCS.
(Siewatho, Deputy Director)
DEPT OF AGRICULTURE CLARIFIES
On going through the News Article captioned “Request to Release ATMA pending Salaries” & Open Letter to the Chief Minister under “Step Motherly Treatment of ATMA Staff of Nagaland” published in Local News Papers on 2nd August 2021 and on the 6th August 2021 written by One IMUHCA, the Department of Agriculture stated that it has verified from the ATMA Employees List and found that the said person is not an employee of ATMA. Through a press release, it stated that perhaps the writer could be a relative of an ATMA employee or an employee himself using fictitious name to confuse the authority. In this connection, the Department of Agriculture has been constraint to issue this clarification for the kind notice of all concerned.
With regards to non payment of salaries for the current fiscal year 2021-22, it stated that the Department could manage to pay salary for the month of April 2021 from last financial years saving by forgoing the earmarked components of Cafeteria of activities which was kept pending on account of COVID-19 pandemic. The aforesaid gesture have been made by the Department, keeping in mind ATMA personnel’s welfare owing to pending release of the 1st Instalment for the current fiscal year 2021-22 by the GoI.
Meanwhile, with the introduction of the Single Nodal Agency (SNA) by the Ministry of Finance vide OM F.NO. 1(13)PFMS/FCD/2020 dated the 23rd March 2021 notified a new procedure for release of funds under Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) to come into effect w.e.f. 1st July 2021, where all CSS accounts will be integrated to PFMS. In line with this, even though it is time taking the Department is actively pursuing to expedite the procedure for SNA implementation particularly the ATMA Scheme.
Concerning the manpower issue, as per the 2018 ATMA Guidelines provided by the Government of India, Contractual Employees (against regular vacancies) may be paid gross emoluments not exceeding the ceiling limits to certain categories of posts under ATMA. In this context, all categories of posts under State ATMA are recruited through Walk-In-Interviews and not as rendered in the mass media. Accordingly, on the recommendation of Requirement Board/Committee set up by the Government, the successful candidates were engaged purely on Contractual Basis for a period of 1 (one) year and co-terminus with the CSS programme. While the Government recognises and appreciate the extension services rendered towards the farming community of the State by the ATMA Employees, it is pertinent to note that there are certain Rules and Procedures of the Government. In addition, there are ways and means to bring their grievance(s) to the notice of the competent authority before taking the issue(s) to the public domain.
It added that the Department of Agriculture under the dynamic leadership of Minister of Agriculture & Co-operation, G. Kaito along with Agriculture Production Commissioner, Nagaland, Y. Kikheto Sema, IAS has been guiding and giving their best effort to the Department. The good words or advice supposed to have given to the ATMA staff has no connection with the delay or no payment of monthly salary whatsoever rather they always have serious concern for the welfare and wellbeing of its Employees including ATMA Employees.