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DIPR Naga News (15.02.2020)

SPEAKER MAKES OBITUARY REFERENCES

            Speaker, Sharingan Longkumer made obituary references to the passing away of former Members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, T. Tali, Imtilemba Sangtam and Thrinimong Sangtam.

            During the fifth session of the 13 Assembly this morning, the 15th Feb, 2020, the Speaker stated that Late T. Tali of Kangtsung village was elected to the NLA for five terms on various party tickets. He first joined active politics in 1977 and successfully contested from Tuli Assembly Constituency. He served as Minister of State for Geology & Mining and Civil Administration Works in the 8th NLA and Minister for Transport and Communication during the 9th NLA. T. Tali was a seasoned politician who was known for his gentle demeanor and for his commitment to serve his people, he added.

            Longkumer said the Late Imtilemba Sangtam served as a Deputy Director in the Department of Employment from 1983 to 1997 and contested the general election in 2003 on BJP ticket and became a Member of the 10th NLA from Longkhim Chari and was appointed as Minister for Cooperation, Economics & Statistics and Evaluation. Late Imtilemba was again re-elected to the 12th NLA during the 2013 general elections.

            Making obituary reference on Late Thrinimong Sangtam, the Speaker stated the late Thrinimong was a lecturer in the Eastern Theological College, Jorhat from 1965 to 1972 and was a member of the Regional Council of Tuensang District from 1969 to 1972. He was also a member of the Nagaland Public Service Commission from 1980 to 1986, he added. The Speaker said that late Thrinimong entered into active politics by successfully contesting in the 1987 general election from 52 Northern Chari Assembly Constituency as an independent candidate.

            Sharingan Longkumer stated that on their death, the people of Nagaland have lost tall leaders and will be fondly remembered.

                                                                                                (Akummeren, IA)

APPOINTMENT ISSUES TAKE CENTER STAGE DURING QUESTION HOUR

            During the fifth session of the 13 Assembly this morning, the 15th Feb, 2020, Minister in-charge Yangthungo Patton, replying to the queries number on the vacancies and appointments made in the Police Department from 2018-2019 said that there were 1698 vacancies in total out of which the number of vacancies that has been advertised for the open recruitment rally and under district and battalion wise stood at 272 and 270 respectively.

            Opposition MLA Yitachu also questioned the Minister in-charge of Education Department regarding the termination of physical instructor, carpentry instructor and knitting instructor under SSA and RMSA. Advisor School Education K. Tokugha Sukhalu replied to the query saying that the department had terminated Physical Instructor, Carpentry Instructor and Knitting Instructor under SSA and RMSA due to Non Provision of adequate funds with the change of funding pattern by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development after merger of SSA and RMSA into Samagra Shiksha.

            Queries were also made by Dr. Chotisuh, MLA regarding the total amount sanctioned against the 2 lane road from Kohima New Check Gate to Lerie to which Yanthungo Patton, Minister in-charge of Roads and Bridges replied that the total amount sanctioned per kilometer against the 2 lane project was Rs. 11.11 crore and the total length is 10 kilometers. Leader of opposition T.R. Zeliang also put up a supplementary question asking whether the road was reconstructed under the norms and specifications laid down by the IRC to which the minister assured that the project would be put under the enquiry committee list.

                                                                                                (Morotsung, IA)

LAYING OF ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

            Neiba Kronu Minister for Planning and Co-ordination, Land Revenue, Parliamentary Affairs laid down on the table the annual administrative report 2019-2020 of the Directorate of Evaluation, Department of Planning and Co-ordination.

            Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in the absence of Temjen Imna Along Minister for Higher and Technical Education & Tribal Affairs laid down on the table the annual administrative report 2019-2020 of the Department of Higher Education.

            Chief Minister and Minister In-charge of Finance Neiphiu Rio presented a copy of State Finances Audit Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India for the year ended 31st March, 2018 and also the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Social, Economic, Revenue and General Sectors for the year ended 31st March, 2018.

            Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in the absence of Temjen Imna Along Minister for Higher and Technical Education & Tribal Affairs moved the North East Christian University (First Amendment) Bill, 2020 to be taken into consideration.

            The Nagaland Appropriation (No. 2) bill, 2020 and the Announcement of the Constitution of various Financial and Non-Financial Committees and Panel of Chairmen for 2020 – 2021 was passed.

            After deliberating on the cut motions moved in the floor and taking note of the queries from the opposition bench, the Budget for the year 2020 – 2021 was passed on the house adjourning the House ‘Sine Die’ by the Speaker.

                                                                                    (Esuihangle, Siizo & Morotsung, IA)

CHIEF MINISTER GIVES CONCLUDING REMARKS ON THE BUDGET DISCUSSION

Chief Minister Nagaland Neiphiu Rio in his concluding remark on the General Discussion of  the Budget for the year 2020-2021 expressed his appreciation to the opposition bench for the constructive suggestion and added that both the Ruling and opposition bench has the equal responsibility ensuring Good Governance to the people. He thanked the Joint Legislator’s Forum (JLF) comprising of all the 60 members and the two member of the Parliament for setting aside difference and by coming together under one banner to facilitate the Peace process. He added that we need to explore all possible means to generate more resources for funding Developmental activities and continue efforts to streamline the revenue collection of the Government in all the sector to enhance efficiency.

Rio commented that the State Government passed the Nagaland Special Economic Zone Bill 2009 to promote economic growth and development, seeing the difficulties entrepreneurs faced in getting access to institutional credit for economic growth. He therefore said that the main objective was to create the Economic Zones to attract investment as well as facilitate access of our entrepreneurs to institutional credit at affordable rates of interest and make all possible efforts to facilitate mortgage of land and fixed assets in these zones against which loans can be accessed. He added that tourism sector has shown the potential to contribute towards the Economic growth and attract Investment to generate amount for Employment generation. Rio added that there is no reduction in the state share of  central taxes as the deficit would have been reduce to Rs. 1,296 crore so there is no way to avoid shooting up when amounts due to be paid by the state are reduced by huge amount.

The Chief Minister informed the house that the huge increase in deficit is on account of the reduction in our share central taxes in the union Budget and added that in the Revised estimate of the union budget Presented on first February 2020, the share of Central taxes due to be paid to Nagaland has been reduced to Rs. 3,267 crore which is less by Rs. 939 crore. He assured the house that there is no way the Government can avoid deficit shooting up when amount due to be paid to the state are reduce by such huge amount.

To promote the youth in securing good employment opportunities, the government has provided an amount of Rs. 1 crore to fund the cost of coaching classes for Civil Services at New Delhi with Rao’s Study Circle for 25 students, and another 100 students with ALS Coaching Centre, he said. Rio was confident that the high level of exposure will help them to stand a much better chance of passing the UPSC exams.

Rio added that we need to appreciate and understand that we cannot expect other people to pay taxes for us for all times to come. Let us not forget that among all the States in the country, our people probably pay the least amount of taxes, he said. He added that we need to change the mindset or we would not be fit to have a State. He said that Government has to bear its official responsibilities and duties, important among which includes levy and collection of taxes.  He informed that all civilized societies run on the revenues generated by taxes – both on goods and the people. He added the amount of Supplementary Demand of Rs. 4469 crore with the total Budget of 2019-20 amounting to Rs. 18026 crore to arrive at total expenditure of Rs. 22,495 crore in the revised estimates.

Rio was of the view that there is a minimum level of fund requirement beyond which funds that cannot be reduced otherwise departments will be unable to function properly. Accordingly, it will examine areas where efficiency can be enhanced in collection of Government revenue in future.

He acknowledged the argument raised by the Members of the Opposition Bench that the budget has not covered most of the departments, However he replied that the financial details are reflected in the budget documents in sufficient detail and chosen to focus more on innovative initiatives and programs.

                                                                                                (Temjenkaba, IA)

DRUG ADDICTION MITIGATION & PREVENTION HIGHLIGHTED AT MON DPDB MEETING

            The Mon DPDB monthly meeting was held on 15th February 2020 at DC conference Hall, Mon under the chairmanship of Vice- Chairman DPDB & Deputy Commissioner, Mon Thavaseelan K, IAS

            During the meeting, agenda on registration of Students Union Library for S/Tangten Village and Charity begins at Home group, Chenwetnyu village was approved and recommended to the concerned department. The board also recommended for establishment of Village guard at Shingyu village and for creation of post at District Cultural Office, Mon in which the house apprised and recommended to the concerned department.

            The house deliberated on the projects applicable to Iconic project in Mon district including construction of Marketing shed for organic agricultural products, Amphitheatres, rostrums, children parks, Mini bridges, food processing unit, construction of Multi-Utility community halls-cum-indoor stadium, multi-tankers for water storage through water drilling, installation of agriculture product storage, street light connectivity for at least 2 to 3 villages eco-tourism etc. were  discussed and recommended to the government.

            Convenor, Committee on Drug Addiction Mitigation and Prevention (CoDAMP) Dr. Chenjei Konyak highlighted on the activities of CoDAMP where he stated that CoDAMP was formed as a collective initiative of all frontal Konyak organisations to act as a nodal panel for all organisations working against substance abuse in the District to make concerted effort in one direction with one common objective. Drug addicts need intervention and treatment and not punishment, he stated. He also informed that, Community supported Detoxification camps of Minimum one month have been conducting in all affected villages and towns.

            Pradhan Mantri Arogya Mitra & Pharmacist, District Hospital, Mon, Renthungo in his presentation stated that Ayushman Bharat which is PM-JAY aims at providing health insurance cover of Rs, 5 lakhs per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization for poor and vulnerable families. PM-JAY will help reduce catastrophic expenditure for hospitalization and will help mitigate the financial risk arising out of catastrophic health episode. Benefits of the scheme are portable across the country ie, a beneficiary can visit any empanelled public or private hospital for cashless treatment. He also spoke on the process to avail treatment under PM-JAY. He also informed on transaction management system report under Mon district where the number of patients treated till date are; District Hospital, Mon -760, CHC Tobu – 6 and PHC Changlangshu -84.

            DC Mon Thavaseelan K, IAS informed the house that, 10th Edition of Nagaland Veteran Inter-District Football Tournament will be held from 25th to 29th February 2020 at Mon and requested the members to co-operate for the success of the tournament.

 

                                                                                                (DPRO & K.K. Chim, IA Mon)

LEGAL AWARENESS WORKSHOP FOR ADOLESCENTS AT TUENSANG

            A mega Legal Awareness Workshop for Adolescents under the theme “Adolescence with education” was conducted at Town Hall Tuensang on 15th February 2020. The programme was organized by District administration Tuensang and Tuensang police & Tuensang District Legal Service Authority in collaboration with Beti Bachao Beti Padao, Mahila Shakti Kendra and Sakhi One Stop Centre Tuensang. The programme was attended by DBs, GBs Teachers and Students from many schools and colleges from Tuensang.

            Speaking on the occasion Deputy Commissioner Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikhant stated that adolescents is an age of uncertainty so one should work whole heartedly and move towards one’s passion to achievement. Social Circle and its relationships are very vulnerable at this age of uncertainty and such workshops should help to overcome any untoward happening in the young minds, he said. He also had a concern over the growing population of drug abuse especially younger section of the population.  SP Tuensang, Bharat Laxman Markad also spoke on legal provisions.

            Short speech on Human Rights and Sakhi was delivered by Herola Sakhi One Stop Centre Tuensang and Soteth Anar Project Assistant TDLSA spoke on POCSO Act, Juvenile Justice Act and DLSA. Chulongla One Stop Center SAkhi Tuensang also spoke on BBBP.

            Skit on Sexual Harassment and prevention was staged by Tuensang police while Shamator College demonstrated a short play on harmful Drug Addiction.

                                                                                    (DPRO & Thungti Chang, IA Tuensang)

NAGALAND BLIND FOOTBALL DEMO/TRAINING CAMP AT DIMAPUR

            A two-day Nagaland Blind Football Demo/Training Camp conducted by Office of the Disabilities Commissioner got underway at Don Bosco Higher Secondary school Ground, Dimapur on 15th February 2020. The programme is held with Nagaland State Disability Forum and Prodigals’ Home as organising partners in collaboration with the Indian Blind Football Federation.

            Addressing the inaugural session, State Commissioner for Persons with Disability, Nagaland, Diethono Nakhro stated that people with disability are the most excluded people in Naga society. She expressed concern over the very little awareness on disability rights and their issues in the society as there is still lot of stigma and discrimination in the society. People with disabilities were very poorly understood and were barely visible as equal citizens, she added.

            Nakhro said that para sport in the state was never promoted except by some individual with their own effort earned laurels but were barely heard about and were not supported except some few media reports. She however, said that many positive changes are happening as discussion and steps are being taken up to setup Nagaland Paralympic Association which will be fully focused on building up of various Paralympic sports and conducting the blind football training which  is the first of its kind event in the state, as introduction to para sport in the state. She also expressed appreciation to Indian Blind Football Federation for their support.

            Sporting Director, IBFF, Sunil J Mathew briefed the gathering about their organisation and various steps that are being take up to promote para sports in the country.

                                                                                                (Watimenla, IA Dimapur)

WOKHA DPDB ON 18th FEBRUARY 2020

            DC & Vice- Chairman  DPDB Wokha inform that  District  Planning & Development Board meeting for the month of February 2020 will be held on 18th February 2020, Vice-chairman further informed  all the board members to attend the  meeting without  fail.

                                                                                                (DPRO Wokha)

DC MON INFORMS

            Deputy Commissioner, Mon Thavaseelan K, IAS in an order issued on 14th February 2020 stated that, in view of the reported outbreak of Novel Corona Virus in China and other countries and on declaration of the same as Public Health Emergency of International concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) and as per the directives of the State government, the movement of People crossing the international border between India and Myanmar is strictly prohibited with effect from the date of issue of the order. This is necessitated in the interest of public health and safety.

            DC further informed that, the order will remain active till further notice.

                                                                                                (K.K. Chim, IA Mon)

2nd GENERAL SESSION OF ZCCI HELD AT ZUNHEBOTO

            The 2nd general session of Zunheboto Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ZCCI) was held at town hall Zunheboto on 14th February 2020. The GBs of all sectors, ZSTH, ZRSU and concerned Sumi Citizens attended the programme.

            The Outgoing president Shikahoto Jakha in his speech said that being united can tackle obstacles and break all barriers. He said that government jobs are very hard to find which leaves business as the only practical hope for all if performed with sincerity and dedication. He lauded the ZCCI for contributing towards the society, having mitigated many social problems in the past and the present.

            Newly elected president ZCCI Kikheto Muru said that Zunheboto is the heart of Nagaland and can be a place of tourist interest. He urged every businessmen to love the town and be concerned for its progress. He affirmed that ZCCI stands for business community as mediator and will strengthen the business community with a vision to beautify Zunheboto and co-exist in unity.

            Deputy Commissioner, Peter Lechamo as the guest speaker said that it is not an easy task to run businesses.  He reminded that everyone wants changes and developments and as such, keeps demanding for it but when the development comes many resorts to troubling the process and therefore urged them to positively contribute towards changes.   He assured the best contributions from the administration to resolve if and when problems arises.

            The programme was chaired by Y. Katovi Awomi, Advocate V. President ZCCI.

                                                                                                (DPRO, Zunheboto)

DIGITAL SOIL TESTING MINI LABORATORY INAUGURATED AT DIMAPUR

            Deputy Commissioner Zunheboto, Peter Lichamo inaugurated the Digital Soil Testing Mini Laboratory at District Soil Conservation Office Zunheboto, Nagaland on 14 February 2020.    Speaking at the programme, the Deputy Commissioner expressed his gratefulness on behalf of the citizens, especially farmers, who would benefit the most with these new equipments that had been facilitated by the department. He urged the department to make sure that the better and the best facilities, due to the district, are implanted at the earliest, so that full use of the modern technologies can be availed through the department.

            The inaugural programme was chaired by SO, Liza. Introduction to Pusa STFR Meter kit was done by DSCO Zunheboto, Khekiho Shohe.

                                                                                                (DPRO Zunheboto)

DIRECTORATE OF INDUSTRIES & COMMERCE INVITES APPLICATIONS

            The Directorate of Industries & Commerce, Government of Nagaland is inviting interested Co­operative societies, NGOs, Apex societies, SHGs, individual weavers to apply for participation and putting up stalls at the National Level Handloom Expo at New Delhi and Jorhat during March & April 2020.

            Interested participants may apply along with the copy of passport size photographs, bank details and ID proof on or before 05.03.2020 for New Delhi and 12.03.2020 for Jorhat, Assam. E-mail for correspondence is industrvnaga@gmail.com

            The stalls allotted shall be free of cost and lumpsum allowance per stall will be provided as per guidelines of DC (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. Sale of only Handloom products will be permitted in the Expo.

            The Expo is organized by Directorate of Industries & Commerce, Government of Nagaland and funded by Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, New Delhi.

            For any further clarifications, kindly contact – 7005601585/9891947378/ 9612162697

                                                                                                (DIPR)