Naga News



DIPR, Kohima

Thursday 14th February 2020



            Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton, who is also the Minister in charge of Home, stated that a total number 206 constables were appointed through open recruitment in 2019 while replying to a starred question put up by MLA Dr. Imtiwapang Aier on Police Constable appointed under NAPTC & PTS during the year 2019-2020 at the ongoing 5th Session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on 14th February 2020.

            He further clarified that recruitment of constables under the Police department of the State is done by the SPs and Commandants as per eligible criteria. This exemption for appointment through open recruitment is stated in a P&AR notification issued in 2004, he added.

            On the appointments of ABSI and UBS, the Deputy Chief Minister stated that as per laid down procedures the Director General of Police has been delegated with the power of recruitment  and are appointed as per the eligibility criteria laid down vide memo No. PHQ (A-1)/127/200 dated 6th July 2002. He also stated that backward quota has been maintained during the recruitment.

            Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang, while taking part in the question called for corrective measure in the recruitment system in the Police Department and stated that all recruitment should be done through open recruitment where qualified candidates will be appointed to the vacancies and justice will be imparted on the State. He called on the Leader of the House to withdraw the recruitment power given to the DGP, SP and Commandants through a Cabinet decision.

            Chief Minister and Leader of the House, Neiphiu Rio stated that it was time to review the appointment system and the Government will set up a committee to give its findings and recommendations on how to make a fair recruitment. A system will be brought so that there is transparency in the recruitment system.

 (Akummeren, IA)



            Minister for Housing, Tongpang Ozukum stated that 62 appointments without interview made from 1st April 2018.

            MLA Chotisuh requested the Minister in Charge to constitute a recruitment board for all appointments and also called for maintaining the backward quota in the department. MLA Yitachu also requested the Minister in Charge to assure equal distribution of seats in the department.

            Also replying to a starred question on appointments of teachers in School Education from 2018 to 2019 by MLA Muthingnyuba Sangtam, Advisor, School Education, KT Sukhalu said 76 LDAs in the Directorate and Districts, 134 G/T Maths & Science teachers, 74 compassionate appointments and 233 Adhoc appointments totaling to 517 were appointed during 2018 and 2019. He further stated that the LDA and G/T Maths & Science teachers were appointed through open interview.

            The Advisor also informed that nine primary teachers were appointed without requisite of B.Ed qualification from the backward tribes from 1st April to 31st December 2019.

            In another question raised by MLA Y. Vikheho. Swu on the status of road construction from kejumetouma to Ghathashi via Tukuliqa phases-I and from Kejumetouma to Kheloshe polytechnic phases-II, Minister incharge for Road and bridges Y. Patton said that the status of the road is of Economic importance (EI) scheme. He admitted the slow progress on the Status of work after verification on 27th of September 2019 and assure the house that the first phase to be completed by February 2021 and the second phase to be completed by April 2021.

(Akummeren & Temjenkaba, IA)





            On the ongoing Fifth session of the thirteen Legislative assembly on 14the February Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio laid down the Annual administrative reports of Finance, Information Technology & Communication, Social Welfare, Electrical Inspectorate and the first annual report of Nagaland Lokayukta. Annual Administrative reports of Transport, Civil Aviation & Railways, Land resources, Housing, Mechanical, Soil & Water Conservation and Geology & Mining.              Advisor IPR & SCERT Toshi Wungtung, Chairman of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation presented a copy of the fifty sixth report on the action taken on the twenty second report of Nagaland art & culture service rule, Fifty seven report on the forty seven report of Nagaland Fisheries service rule, Fifty nine report on Fifty fourth report on Nagaland Home guard and civil defense (Gazette and non-Gazette), Sixtieth report on the thirty first report of Nagaland rural development service rule 2006, Sixty first report on the forty fifth report of Nagaland judicial service rules 2009. Advisor Science and Technology, Mmhonlumo kikon, Chairman, Committee on Privileges presented a copy of the internal working rules. Discussion and voting on supplemtary demand for grants for the year 2019-2020 was also passed.

(Temjenkaba, IA)



                Kuzholuzo Nienu, MLA initiated the proceedings of the General Discussions on the Budget for the year 2020-2021. Addressing the house Kuzholuzo said that it is the responsibility of the opposition to check and appraise the progress of the government and that no leader should take the criticisms on a personal front. He brought forth before the house a number of concerns regarding the budget for the year 2020-2021. He lauded the government for its plan to revive old culture and traditional values and improve quality of learning through morung traditional methods in partnership with NGOs in Tuensang and Longleng Districts but added that it would be good if it is introduced in all the Districts and not just two districts. He also raised concerns over undertaking developmental projects under the aegis of promoting tourism in private lands without land acquisition or without signing MOUs with the land owners and emphasized on the need to check the illegal acquisition of government property by private parties. MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu further expressed his concern over the Government’s excessive spending on vehicles and vehicle maintenance and said that it was high time for the government to adopt austerity measures with regard to the issue. He concluded saying that Development should be a multi dimensional concept and cover every aspect be it employment, health care, security or infrastructure.

              MLA Amenba Yaden deliberating on the Indo Naga political called upon the JLF to play an active role to bring the talk to a logical conclusion. He requested departments to come up with programs which will benefit the farmers of Nagaland and also distribute machinery according to the requirements of the districts. Also appreciating the initiative of the government in the field of sports, music and hornbill festival he said that there are other areas where the government needs to focus upon. He also highlighted on many other issues such as CAA, tourism, road etc.

            MLA Y. M. Yollow Konyak pointing out the hardships faced by the public to travel to Kohima via Assam when bandhs are imposed, stressed on the need for the completion of Foothill Road on time. While raising the problem of irregularities in appointment of government jobs, he said, a Minister is there not just for a particular tribe or village but for everyone and added that reservation in jobs should be properly followed.

           Konyak also questioned the government on who and how the fine collected through ILP is utilized and also expressed his concern on the fiscal deficit and the burden which the future generation may have to bear.

          Advisor Information & Public Relations, SCERT & Village Guards, Toshi Wungtung while supporting the budget gave a brief history of ILP, Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations and its implications on the Nagas and the neighbouring States. He said that the Budget lays great emphasis on the projects and progress of Naga people also keeping in mind the Indo- Naga relationship.

Minister for public health department, Jacob Zhimomi said Nagaland Government face resources problem and added that though we have purposed the fourteen finance commission to give due consideration in covering our revenue deficit and recommending state specific grants to ensure minimum development in the state. On the Indo-Naga political issue he added that the PDA Government is committed to the people to play the constructive role of an active facilitator. The Minister maintained that the Government of India through the union Home Minister held consultative meeting with the Naga civil society, tribal Hoho representatives, political parties, NGOs on 3rd November 2019 wherein it was committed that Nagaland would be exempted in view of the ILP regime of BEFR of 1873 provisions.

            MLA Imkong L Imchen also taking part in the budget debate said that the budget speech had left out major departments achievement and activities in the state and failed to include the current year works program.  Also on the issue of CAA he said, that much have been said but still many are still very apprehensive about the rules and regulation in which the act will come to into force.

            Also commenting on the frequent landslide road between Kohima and Dimapur people of the state have been facing enormous difficulties and loosing unaccounted money on the said road. He therefore requested the Ministry for a one time grant dispensation to construct 2 lane road in Jotsoma bypass road. He also deliberated on issues of 371(a), GST, fifteen finance commission etc.

            Leader of Opposition, T. R. Zeliang while participating on discussion of the Budget Speech said that there is no mention of any commitments given by the Finance Commission to the State in the Budget. He also said that the budget makes no mention of any new investments or projects for economic development and generation of income.

            With Nagaland being an agrarian state, he said the government should give more focus on agri and allied sectors. On the Naga political issue he said “We are hopeful that a new dawn would soon come for our people. The time is right and we cannot afford to miss the opportunity to finally arrive at an honourable and acceptable solution.”

            Zeliang also suggested Minister in charge of Roads, to let the committee set up, look into the construction of 2-lane road from Chumukedima to Patkai bridge. He asked the government to seriously ponder and take up sustainable measures to improve the living standards of all people and not just a select few.

(Esui, Morotsung & Nouneseno, IA)




            Peren celebrated combined Hega Festival hosted by old Peren village with Deputy Commissioner Peren Sentiwapang Aier as special guest on 14 Feb 2020.

            DC Peren in his short speech said that among all festivals Hega festival is one of the most important especially for Peren and other neighbouring villages. He stressed on the unique significance and cultural   identity of the people and urged the youngsters to focus more on observing festival for unity, love and peace.

            The programme was chaired by Chairman, Peren village.



Officers’ Club Pfutsero conducts Plantation Drive


            The Officers Club Pfutsero conducted temperate fruit tree plantation drive at Pfutsero targeting educational institutions and offices including the hospital area. The plantation drive was carried out with the objective to promote awareness on afforestation and fruit nutrition. During the plantation programme more than 200 fruit trees were planted at various locations which was donated by Horticulture Research Farm (HRF). According to the convenor of the club, Phuleshe Yepthomi, ADC Pfutsero, the club members will also be taking up a cleanliness drive in and around Pfutsero town in the coming days.

(Avika Awomi, IA Pfutsero)






            Home Guard & Civil Defence, Mon conducted mock drill demonstration and emergency method of rescue on 14th february 2020 at District Jail, Mon. District Commandant, Home Guard & Civil Defence, Mon, Ngongvai E Phom stated that this demonstration is to generate awareness and effective response to disaster like earthquake, accident or any other disaster. Disaster is inevitable where we can only prepare ourselves on preparedness and response during the time of emergencies, he added.

            Assistant Jailor, District Jail Mon, E. Thungdemo Kikon while appreciating District Commandant, Home Guard & Civil Defence, Mon and his staff, stated that, awareness on emergencies method of rescue during the time of natural disaster, calamities and emergencies is very important.  He also thanked the Home Guard & Civil Defence, Mon for reaching out to the staff and inmates of jail.

            During the demonstration, various subjects of training included introduction of disaster and disaster management, role and characteristic of knotting, bandaging, emergency methods of rescue etc. were demonstrated and hands on practice were also shown to the staff and inmates of district jail, Mon.

(K.K.Chim, IA Mon)


            During the visit of the Chairman of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Manhar Valjibhai Zala and his team to Nagaland from 16th to 19th Deb 2020, a meeting with representatives of Safai Karamcharis Employees Welfare Association, Wards and NGOs relating to Safai Karamcharis of the district will be held on 17th February 2020, at 9:00 A.M at Kohima Municipal Council Office.

      A review meeting to discuss welfare schemes/programme meant for Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers of the district, implementation of “The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013 and other issues relating to welfare of Safai Karamcharis and Manual Scavengers will be held at 10:00 A.M in KMC’s Conference Hall, Kohima.

        Thereafter there will be a press conference at 12:00 noon at KMC Office, Kohima. The Chairman and his team will then visit the Septage Management site at Meriema at 1:30 P.M.

           On 18th February 2020, a social work under Swachhata Abhiyan Programme will be conducted at Old NST area, Kohima town at 9:00 A.M. After which, an awareness programme on various welfare schemes and issues relating to Safai Karamcharis and Medical Health Check up Camp for Safai Karamcharis Employees will be held at KMC, Office Kohima at 10:00 A.M.

 (DPRO, Kohima)

Consultative Meet on Tourism organised by North Eastern Council

            The North Eastern Council, Shillong organised a Consultative meet on Tourism chaired by the member of NEC, Prof. Biman Kr. Dutta, in the presence of member, NEC, Air Marshal Anjan Kumar Gogoi and Secretary, NEC, K. Moses Chalai. The meeting which was attended by the major Tourism practitioners in the NE Region focused on identifying area, needing attention for development of the Tourism sector.

            Secretary, NEC, highlighted how NEC and the Government of India had initiated a slew of measures to enhance the image of the North Eastern Region as a great tourism destination. He also emphasized on taking constructive steps to increase the number of local as well as international tourists. The consultative meet deliberated on sector’s potential and various problems requiring special efforts for redressal, such as marketing platform etc. in order to help tourism become a catalyst of economic growth and employment generation in the North East region.

            The need of an exclusive Northeast Tourism Policy was discussed during the session. During the meet, professional training of Tourist Guides was also discussed to ensure the convenience of local and international tourists. The representatives of World Bank shared how Tourism in India is doing and gave specific inputs for the improvement of Tourism sector in Northeast India. Secretary NEC requested all the stakeholders to work together in resolving the issues and taking forward the commitment of developing the tourism sector. He emphasized that the need of the hour was for a collective effort, to improve connectivity and add convenience for the tourists, ultimately creating the right ambience for the growth of tourism.


33rd Convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University at Kohima

            The 33rd Convocation of Indira Gandhi National Open University will be held on 17th February, 2020 at 1200 hrs at Capital Convention Centre, Kohima, where Additional Director & HoD Directorate of Higher Education, Dr. Apeni Lotha, will grace as Guest of honour. She will be delivering the Convocation address.

            Minister, Human Resource Development, Government of India, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ will deliver the Convocation Address as a Chief Guest, at Campus Baba Saheb Ambedkar Convention Centre IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi.

            The Convocation will held simultaneously at all the Regional Centre of the University.

(Moamenla, IA)

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Sensitisation Rally Held at Tening

            District administration of Peren organised Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) sensitisation rally at Tening town on 14th February, 2020.

            Tumben P. Tsanglao, Extra Assistant Commissioner, Tening presented an introductory of the rally. Dr Nuksang, Medical Officer of Community Health Centre shared on health care facilities and target of BBBP. Dibin, Coordinator of ICDS highlighted on sensitisation of women and health issues with brief highlights on Poshan Abhiyan.

            The rally was participated by womenfolk, government officials and NGOs.

(Kiso, IA Tening)



            District Administration Tuensang, Department of Social Welfare, Medical department Tuensang in collaboration with Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO) under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment organised assessment camps for senior citizens and Persons with disabilities (PwDs) in Tuensang HQ, Noklak, Shamator and Longkhim.

            In this connection, Deputy Commissioner, Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant, IAS informed all PwDs to come and get themselves checked in the Assessment Camps under Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana and ADIP Schemes of the Government of India. He also assured that all eligible beneficiaries assessed in the Camps will be given free physical aids /equipment from ALIMCO.

The dates and time are as follows:-

  • Noklak: 17/02/2020 from 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM
  • Shamator: 18/02 /2020 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Tuensang: 19/02/2020 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Longkhim: 20/02/2020 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

(DPRO Tuensang)


            Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) and the Entrepreneurs Associates (EA) are co-hosting the ‘ASHOKA CHANGEMAKER DAY’ on the 22nd of February 2020 to enable schools to celebrate Teen-led Social Innovation. Scheduled to be held at the Kevilhouu Rio Auditorium, G Rio School, 1500 students from Kohima are expected to attend the program.

            From early February 2020, Ashoka Changemaker program has been inviting entries for the Idea Pitch Competition encouraging students to innovate solutions for problems they encounter in their life and society. The top 10 entries screened from schools across the state will participate in the ‘Idea Pitch Competition’ and present their suggestions to the jury. The winner of the competition will win a cash prize of Rs 10,000 and win a spot at the National Level Launchpad Program. The second and third winners will also win cash prizes besides being invited for the National program.

            The daylong session will include a host of eminent Ashoka Fellows and accomplished personalities as resource persons for a panel discussion to share their thoughts and encourage students to be problem solvers and change agents. Ashoka Global Fellows Ms Hasina Kharbhih, Founder & Managing Director of Impulse Social Enterprises and Founder, Chair of Board Impulse NGO Network, and Mr Ajit Singh, Founder & CEO, Anant Innovations will be part of the illustrious team. Ashoka Young Changemaker, Disha Shah and Aayush Gupta, Founding Team FamPay will also be present for the event and share their experiences about their journey as young people ushering change in their respective fields.

            The Chief Secretary of Nagaland, Shri Temjen Toy will be the Special Guest for the Inaugural Function while the Principal Secretary for School Education, Shri Menukhol John will be the Honorary Guest for the Prize Distribution.

            The Changemakers Day is an initiative of the Washington DC based organization, Ashoka, the largest network of leading Social Entrepreneurs of with over 3,500 fellows present in 92 countries. Founded in 1980, Ashoka’s network of Social Entrepreneurs in South Asia include Nobel Laureates Md Yunus (Grameen Bank) and Kailash Satyarthi (Bachpan Bachao Andolan) and Magsaysay awardees like Anshu Gupta of Goonj among others. Entrepreneurs Associates CEO, Neichute Doulo is also the first Ashoka Fellow from Nagaland, elected in 2000.



            The District Administration Phek has stated that there is an outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus in China and other countries which was declared by the World Health Organisation as Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Also evidence on the Novel Corona Virus suggested that there may have been transmission of viruses through wild animals to humans.

            Therefore, the DC has ordered to all concerned that hunting/killing or possession of wild animals is strictly prohibited and any person found hunting or in possession of wild animals will be liable for strict action as laid down by law.