DIPR Naga News (16.10.2020)
October 16, 2020
BRIEFING ON COVID-19 ON 16th OF OCTOBER 2020 FOR NAGALAND BY PRINCIPAL SECRETARY, HOME
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“A total of 76 COVID-19 positive cases have been detected today – 38 in Kohima, 11 in Dimapur, 1 in Mokokchung, 5 in Mon, 3 in Peren, 15 in Tuensang and 3 in Zunheboto. The total number of positive cases in the State now stands at 7,492.
Out of the 7,492 positive cases, the total recoveries so far are 5,955. The active cases are 1,448 and there have been 17 deaths. As per the severity of symptoms, 1,394 active cases are asymptomatic, 40 active cases are mild, 10 active cases are moderate on oxygen, 2 active case is critical with oxygen and 2 active cases are on ventilators.
Further, out of 7,492 positive cases, the distribution across various categories of people are: 3,395 cases of Armed Forces/ Police, 1,586 cases of Returnees, 2,134 cases of Traced Contacts and 377 cases of Frontline Workers.
A total of 56,196 samples have been sent for testing through RT-PCR and results of 54,898 samples have been received. In addition, a total 30,932 samples have been sent for testing on Truenat and results of 30,862 samples have been received. Through Rapid Antigen Test 2,699 samples have been tested.”
CHIEPHOBOZOU PUBLIC LIBRARY INAUGURATED AT CHIEPHOBOZOU
The Chiephobozou Public Library, a public Library comprising of recreational as well as educational books was inaugurated at Marketing Complex, Chiephobozou Town on 16th October 2020.
The formal inauguration was done by PS to Chief Minister, Nagaland Neiketouzo Kengurüse as the special guest. Delivering his speech, he apprised the crowd on the importance of a public library in the town and appreciated the efforts of the team working behind in putting the library together. He also expressed his delight in having such library in the area as it is an asset for the community as a whole.
During the inauguration programme, keynote address was given by EAC Chiephobozou, Dziesengunuo Mere while concluding thoughts was shared by ADC Chiephobozou, Vekhoyi Chakhesang,
The library has been initiated with a vision to make it into a learning hub for the people of the area. All the books in the library has been sourced purely from donations from philanthropists and well wishers. With more than a thousand books in the library, the collection consists of recreational and educational books for school children, competitive exam books and materials for aspirants preparing for competitive exams and a whole section of books by Naga authors.
The library is replete with a computer and printer set for those who want to scan/print sections / parts of the books.
AWARENESS AND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMME ON EVM/VVPAT UNDERWAY AT KOHIMA
An awareness and demonstration programme on EVM/VVPAT machines for the conduct of Bye-Election to the 14 Southern Angami I (ST) Assembly Constituency, which began on 14th October 2020 will conclude tomorrow, the 17th October 2020.
The awareness programme is being conducted in all the twenty two Polling Stations under five sectors of the 14 Southern Angami I A/C. During the programme, first time voters were briefed and introduced to the voting machines and its process by the Sector Officers along with District Level Master Trainers.
DC TUENSANG SEALS CMO OFFICE TUENSANG
In the interest of public health and safety in view of COVID-19 pandemic and in exercise of powers conferred under Section 30 (1), (2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Deputy Commissioner and Chairman District Task Force Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant IAS has ordered the Sealing of the office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Tuensang for a period of 48 (Forty-eight) hours or till further order with immediate effect. During this period no public interview shall be entertained and all officers /staff of the office are advised to self isolate and work from home and be available on call.
FIVE CANDIDATES FILE NOMINATION FOR BYE-ELECTION TO 60 PUNGRO- KIPHIRE
Altogether 5 candidates filed their nomination for the Bye-Election to 60 Pungro-Kiphire on 16th October 2020 at ADC & RO office Kiphire. Following are the list of the candidates who have filed their nomination:
- Khaseo Anar from Congress party.
- Shellumthong from Independent party.
- Lirimong Sangtam from BJP.
- Yangseo Sangtam from Independent party.
- Kiusumew Yimchunger from Independent party.
(Wangshikokla, IA Kiphire)
NEW DISTRICT CHIEF COMMISSIONER BS&G WOKHA INDUCTED
The Wokha District Bharat Scout &Guides today inducted Kepelhouzo Terhuja, District Education Officer (DEO) as District Chief Commissioner BS&G and Thungrhomo Odyuo, Sr. SDEO as District Secretary BS&G held at Sr. SDEO Office Chamber Wokha on 15th October 2020.
Kepelhouzo Terhuja, the new District Chief Commissioner during the short induction programme said he will perform duties for the welfare and promotion of BS&G activities in the district. As a new entrant to the fold said, he wants to learn more about the BS&G association and its activities.
Thungrhomo Odyuo, Sr SDEO in his short speech said he joined as a scout during his school days and always ready to rescue and save people in need. He thanked the district association for inducting him as district secretary on the verge of his retirement and also assured to help the association.
The programme was chaired by Adeno Ezung, ADOC (Guide) BS&G, induction session led by both Orenpomo H Ngullie, DOC (Scout) BS&G and Zuchanthung Ezung, ADOC (Scout) BS&G. District officials of BS&G, staffs from both DEO and Sr. SDEO attended the induction programme.
URBAN DEVELOPMENT DEPT INFORMS ON DRAFT MODEL TENANCY ACT
The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Government of India has formulated draft Model Tenancy Act (MTA) 2020 which provides a framework to the States/Union Territories (UTs) to either align their existing rental laws in line with MTA or adopt the same in its entirety.
The Model Tenancy Act will help in addressing the challenges in rental housing sector by balancing the rights and interests of both the landlord and the tenant and create an accountable and transparent ecosystem for renting the premises in disciplined and efficient manner. The Act will help various segments of society including migrants, formal and informal sector workers, professionals, students etc. in getting rental accommodation smoothly.
The MTA will also form the basis for amending existing laws or promulgating new State Tenancy Laws. The MTA, 2020 is an Act to establish Rent Authority to regulate renting of premises and to protect the interests of landlords and tenants and to provide speedy adjudication mechanism for resolution of disputes and matters connected therewith or incident thereto.
The draft Model Tenancy Act 2020 alongwith Background Note has been uploaded in the websites of State Government (naaaland.aov.in) and Urban Development Department (ud.naaaland.gov.in).
Therefore, all Deputy Commissioners have been requested to collect feedbacks/comments/suggestions from all Hohos and public in their respective District and submit to the UD Department on or before 25th October, 2020 without fail.
BACKGROUND NOTE ON MODEL TENANCY ACT (MTA)
As per Census 2011 around 110 lakh houses were lying vacant in urban areas. One of the main reasons for non-availability of these houses for rental purpose is the existing rental laws of the States/UTs, which discourage renting. There is a segment of population especially migrants, who prefer rented accommodation as it offers affordability and flexibility with low entry and exit cost with option to live near their ‘place of work’. The share of urban population has increased to 31.16% in 2011 as compared to 27.82% in 2001 and further urban population projected to be >50% by 2050. A significant portion of this increase can be attributed to the migration to urban areas for various purposes such as education, employment, business, healthcare and better quality of life. People also migrate from one area of the city to another area.
Accordingly, in line with the vision of the Prime Minister of ‘Housing for All’ by 2022, MTA has been prepared with the objective of balancing the interests and rights of both the landlord and tenant; and to create an accountable and transparent ecosystem for renting the premises in a disciplined and efficient manner. It will enable creation of adequate rental housing stock for various income segments of society including migrants, formal and informal sector workers, professionals, students etc.; increase access to quality rented accommodation; and enable gradual formalisation of rental housing market. It will help overhaul the legal framework with respect to rental housing across the country. It is expected to give a fillip to private participation in rental housing sector thereby addressing the huge housing shortage.
Existing States rental laws have long drawn legal provisions which result in lengthy litigation to resolve disputes. A ceiling on rent has further reduced the quality and quantity of rental housing stock, resulting in low rental yields, which dissuade homeowners from renting premises. This has made rental housing financially unattractive resulting into informal sub-standard rental market lacking basic amenities. Further, the affordability to own a house is a challenge especially for low-income households. Therefore, it is imperative to promote rental housing to help in bridging this gap.
MTA will enable unlocking of vacant premises for rental purpose and create a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive rental market. MTA will promote growth of rental market thereby attracting investment and promote entrepreneurial opportunities in the rental housing sector.
Salient features of Model Tenancy Act:
- After commencement of MTA, no premises to be rented except by an agreement in writing on mutually agreed terms;
- MTA to be applicable to residential and commercial tenancies;
- MTA to be applicable to whole of the State/UT i.e. urban and rural areas;
- Rent to be fixed by mutual agreement between landlord (lessor) and tenant (lessee);
- MTA to be applicable prospectively and the existing tenancies shall continue to be governed by the respective extant rental laws of the States/UTs;
- MTA to provide for a fast-track quasi-judicial mechanism for adjudication of disputes;
- MTA to be applicable to all tenancies with no monetary threshold;
- The terms of agreement shall be binding upon successors of landlord as well as tenant for the remaining period of the tenancy agreement.
- Sub-letting is not permitted without execution of supplementary agreement between landlord and tenant.
- If the term of tenancy ends at the time when locality (where rented premises is situated) experiences any force majeure event, the landlord shall allow the tenant to continue possession of premises for one month from the cessation of such force majeure event on the same terms of prevailing tenancy agreement.
- Security deposit for residential premises shall not exceed two months’ rent and in case of non-residential premises it shall be as per the terms of tenancy agreement subject to a maximum of six-months’ rent. Security deposit shall be refunded by the landlord at the time of taking over vacant possession of the premises, after making due deductions, if any.
- Recovery of possession of premises by the Landlord on certain grounds.
Landlord is entitled for double the monthly rent for the first two months and thereafter, four times of the monthly rent in case of default by tenant to vacate the premises after termination of tenancy.
It is expected that State tenancy laws based on draft Model Tenancy Act will be beneficial for both landlords and tenant, thus providing a win-win situation. The provisions of MTA emphasis on supremacy of rent agreement, executed between the parties on mutually agreed terms, which will minimize the possibility of disputes and in case of any dispute, same shall be resolved quickly through the speedy dispute redressal mechanism prescribed in the proposed legislation.
Given the far reaching impact of the proposed legislation, public/stakeholders are hereby requested to send their comments/suggestions on the draft Model Tenancy Act, attached herewith by 31st October 2020.
DC INFORMS RESTRICTION OF VEHICLE MOVEMENT
DC Dimapur, Rajesh Soundararajan, has informed that there will be total restriction of all movement from Chathe River Bridge (Patkai Bridge) to Kukidolong from 05:00 am on 18th (Sunday) till 5 am on 19th October (Monday) for restoration works.
He stated that the restriction is necessitated as a precautionary measure to prevent any injury, loss of life and damage to property.
General public may take the alternative route from Dimapur-Kohima Kohima-Dimapur for light vehicles only via 7th mile-New DC Office-Shokhuvi-Razaphe-Mhaikam-Pimla-Mhainamtsi-Jhornapani/Medziphema and vice versa, he informed.
(Watimenla IA Dimapur)