NAGA NEWS, 6th AUGUST 2019
August 6, 2019
Tuesday 6th August 2019
FOURTH SESSION OF 13th ASSEMBLY UNDERWAY
The fourth session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly got underway today, the 6th August 2019 with the Chief Minister & Leader of the House, Neiphiu Rio making obituary references to the passing away of Late Manohar Parrikar and Late D. Donkupar Roy.
Late Manohar Parrikar, former Defence Minister was serving as the Chief Minister of Goa from 14th March 2017 until his death on 17th March 2019. Previously he was the Chief Minister of Goa from 2000 to 2005 and from 2012 to 2014. From 2014 to 2017 he served as the Minister of Defence. He was also a former Member of Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh.
Late Dr. Donkupar Roy, Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly was holding office until his death on 28th July 2019. He was the head of the United Democratic Party, a recognized political party in Meghalaya and also served as the Minister of Meghalaya.
Nagaland Speaker, Vikho-o Yhoshu made obituary reference to the passing away of Late Rokonicha, former Deputy Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly and former Minister of State. He died on 16th April 2019 at the age of 73. He served as member of Nagaland Legislative Assembly for six terms.
Other highlights of include assent to bill, namely, the Nagaland Nursing Council Bill, 2019, Nagaland Appropriation (No. 1 & 2) Bill, 2019 and the Nagaland Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2019; election of the Deputy Speaker; Introduction of the Nagaland Protection of Interests of Depositors (in Financial Establishments) (Amendment) Bill, 2018; Amity University Nagaland, Act 2011 (Repeal) Bill, 2019; Laying of Reports including the Nagaland Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Rules, 2017; Pharmacy Practice Regulation 2015 and Nagaland State Mineral Development Corporation Limited annual report 2015-2016.
Annual Administrative reports of the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department 2018-19; Justice & Law Department 2018-19 and Soil & Water Conservation Department 2018-19 were also laid. A copy of the 95th Report of Committee on Government Assurance (6th session of the 12th Nagaland Legislative Assembly) was also presented. Discussions were also held on the Registration of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) and Inner Line Permit (ILP) which will continue during the assembly sessions on 8th August.
SHARINGAIN LONGKUMER ELECTED UNOPPOSED AS DY. SPEAKER OF THE 13th NLA
Sharingain Longkumer, 37 years old from Ungma village was elected unopposed and unanimously by the 13th NLA as the Deputy Speaker in the fourth session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on 6th August 2019. He was elected recently in the by-election for the 26th Aolenden Assembly Constituency under Mokokchung district.
Sharingain Longkumer is the son of Lt. Nungshizenba Longkumer, who successfully contested the by-election on 23rd May 2019 on NDPP ticket and is an advocate by profession. Presently, he is the legal adviser for Business Association Darogapathar, Dimapur.
Chief Minister Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio and leader of opposition, T.R. Zeliang congratulated Longkumer on his election to the post in the capacity as the Deputy Speaker of the 13th NLA. Both the leaders described him as young and energetic with requisite qualification to hold such a coveted post. They also urged him to discharge duties and responsibilities to the best of his abilities without fear or favour.
(Atuzo, Nongozo, Temjenkaba & Tovikali)
QUESTION HOUR IN TODAY’S ASSEMBLY SESSION
During the question hour in this morning’s assembly session, Minister, P. Paiwang, replying to a starred question asked by Yitachu, MLA on the status of Waterways Projects over Tizu, said due to the lack of technical expertise, the State Government requested IWAl to prepare Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Tizu-Zungki river.
For the Development of Tizu-Zungki river between India and Myanmar as an Inland waterway corridor, IWAI has again awarded the work of preparation of DPR to M/s WAPCOS (Water and Power Consultancy Services India) Limited, Govt. of India undertaking. The preparation of DPR by WAPCOS Limited is in progress and expected to be submitted to IWAI shortly. Paiwang further stated that on the recommendation of the State Govt. the NIWB was re-constituted under the Chairmanship of M.P (Rajya sabha), K.G. Kenye on 03/07/2017. The State Government has been providing Logistic support and security cover to the WAPCOS team during their visit to the proposed project site for preparation of DPR.
Deputy Chief Minister, Y. Patton, replying to a starred question on Nightingale Building at Kolkata, said in 1997 a lease agreement was executed between the Government Nagaland and the Civil Engineers Enterprise Private Limited (CEEPL) in respect of Nagaland House Commercial Complex, Kolkata (Nightingale Building). The said lease was for 20 years with clauses for renewal for another 2 terms (i.e. another 20 years + 20 years). The lease expired in the year 2017 and the Govt made a claim of enhanced rent at Rs. 2.2 crore instead of Rs. 5 lacs which the tenant was paying every month. This order was challenged by the lessee who offered to pay a paltry amount of Rs. 7 lacs rent per month for an area of 13736 sq. metres with buildings in the heart of Kolkata. The order of the Government for claiming enhanced rent was challenged by the lessee in the Calcutta High Court. The court on 14.05.2018 directed the Government to receive Rs. 7 lacs/ per month as rent without prejudice to its rights and contentions till the disposal of the Interim Application GA No. 486 of 2018. The said application GA No. 486 of 2018 came up for final hearing on a few occasions and on 15.07.2018 was argued at length. The court hinted that if the rent is enhanced whether the Government will give up its other claim.
The Advocate General pointed out to the court that the State has right to pursue other legal remedies like filing a suit for possession etc. It shall avail of all the remedies apart from seeking the relief of enhancement of rent/ compensation. The case was part heard and will again come up for hearing on 6th September 2019.
Patton also stated that the State Government has filed Counter affidavit against Civil Engineers Enterprise Private Limited (M/s Ghosal & Co.) dated 16 July 2018 and the lessee has filed its rejoinder.
He further assured Government is taking all steps to fight the case for its rights and a Joint Parliamentary Committee has been constituted vide AS/LEG27/ 2018/ 1103 dated 26th October, 2018. The Cabinet in its meeting held on 29 June, seriously deliberated on the matter and decided that members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee should attend the court hearing on 15 July, 2019. The Joint Parliamentary Committee had detailed discussion with the Advocate General on the case on 14th July, 2019 at Kolkata. The Committee members also attended the Calcutta High Court hearing of the case on 15th July 2019 and observed that the Advocate General made strong defense in favour of Government.
The Advocate General strongly contended the right of the Government for enhancement of rent as well as the Government’s rights to take possession of the state property.
After the hearing, the Joint Parliamentary Committee had further discussions with the Advocate General and his team of Advocates to persistently fight for the case with the active co-operation of every one.
MLA, Dr. Chotisuh Sazo raised a question on how many post were sanctioned against Polytechnic College, Tsunazho, Chetheba, and so far how many have been appointed through NPSC and recruitment board. In reply to his starred question, Minister for Higher & Technical Education, and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along said that the appointment has been done as per the need to run the institution through NPSC.
(Atuzo, Nongozo, Temjenkaba & Tovikali)
DEPARTMENTS ASKED TO SUBMIT LIST OF SHGs
The State Government will be opening an inventory of Self Help Groups under the different Departments. This is as per the discussion held with the Chief Secretary, Nagaland on 29th July on implementation of Van Dhan Entrepreneurship Development Programme for tribals in the state.
In this regard, all concerned have been requested to compile the list of all SHGs operating under their Department and forward it to the Department of Industries & Commerce at the earliest to be included in the Inventory of SHGs, on or before 30th August 2019.
(Asangla Imsong, DD)
TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO LAUNCH SARATHI 4.0
Sarathi 4.0 will be launched on 7th August 2019 at 11:00 am at the Regional Transport Office, Kohima.
Secretary, Transport Department, Kenilo Apon will launch the Sarathi 4.0 and also deliver a speech. STD & ASIO, NIC Nagaland State Centre, Lanusungkum Aier will give a technical appreciation of Sarathi 4.0. Introduction and welcome address will be delivered by Transport Commissioner, Elias T. Lotha.
(Asangla Imsong, DD)
KIPHIRE DPDB MEETING HELD
The Kiphire District Planning and Development Board meeting for the month of August was held on 6th August 2019, at DC conference hall, Kiphire under the chairmanship of DC & Vice chairman, DPDB, Kiphire, M. Shayung Phom.
The Vice chairman & Deputy Commissioner welcomed new members and informed the three tribal hohos of Kiphire that from next DPDB only one respective from the hohos will be allowed to attend the meeting.
Agenda discussed in the meeting included opening of +2 Science stream, construction of girls hostel facility at Zisaji presidency college, effective implementation of MNREGA, PMAY( R) and other rural development schemes, improving internet connectivity to SBI Kiphire, increasing the number of ATMS and branches. The district is also still awaiting a functional X ray and ultrasound facility and blood storage unit/ blood bank.
On the agenda of Local Area Development programme (LADP) fund, the DPDB approved that fund will be equally distributed between the two constituency of the Kiphire district namely 59 Sitimi-Seyochung A/C and 60 Kiphire Pungro A/C.
Work distribution for the upcoming Independence Day was done by SDO (C) Nyempo Wallim where she also appealed to all the department officers to wear their own traditional attire on that day as a mark of showing respect and to preserve ones’ own identity and the rich culture.
(DPRO, IA Kiphire)
CHILD LINE 1098 ACTIVITIES HIGHLIGHTED AT PEREN DPDB MEETING
The monthly meeting of Peren District Planning and Development Board was held on 6th August 2019 in the DC’s Conference Hall, New DC Complex Peren under the chairmanship of DC & Vice Chairman DPDB Peren, Sentiwapang Aier.
Deputy Commissioner, Sentiwapang Aier welcomed new board members and reviewed the last meeting minutes. Matter relating to District Awards was discussed where he asked all Departments to send their respective Departments proposals.
Peren Child Line 1098 gave a presentation highlighting the Child line 1098 services in restoration of missing children, emotional support & guidance, medical assistance, linking children to shelter services, protection of children from abuse, providing assistance in availing sponsorship, reporting of missing children and providing information about Child Line and volunteering.
Child line Peren stated that in collaboration with Police Department, Administration, Education Department, Municipal Council and wards it plays a vital role in fulfilling the activities of Child line across the world.
DC Peren requested all the heads of offices to be in station and also attend DPDB meetings stating valid reasons for being absent. He also emphasized on mass social work on 9th August’ 19 and requested all heads of offices to sincerely carry out their respective works as per the work distribution.
‘LET LIVE’ CAMPAIGN AT MON
Mon District Administration has initiated the ‘Let Live’ Campaign under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme with the primary objective of fighting illegal sex determination. This initiative is a first of its kind in the state to create community level awareness and participation on the evils of sex selection and abortion.
Under this, an exclusive helpline number ‘6009150274’ has been setup so that cases of illegal sex determination can be reported. Other key features of this initiative being that informers will be rewarded and his/her identity will be kept confidential.
The Pre Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act gives this initiative its legal tooth as offences under this act are cognizable, non bailable and non compoundable.
Mon district has the second worst child sex ratio in the State and hence improving the sex ratio at birth (SRB) remains the primary goal of BBBP Mon.
(K.K. Chim, IA Mon)
NERLP MEETING HELD AT PEREN
District Project Management Unit, Peren held a meeting on 6th August 2019 under the chairmanship of DC Peren, Sentiwapang Aier at DC’s Conference Hall, New DC Complex Peren.
The DC reviewed the last DPAC meeting minutes. While presenting the 1st Quarter progress implemented in the District, Ruuvilie Kotsu highlighted all the activities in detail. Vote of thanks was delivered by Masanwang (Co. SG&CM).
GIRL CHILD WEEK CELEBRATION AT LONGLENG
Mahila Shakti Kendra along with DTF BBBP celebrated Girl Child Week on the theme “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow” at Christian High School, Longleng on 5th August 2019. The main objective of this celebration is to aware them on girl child rights and facts of life and to address the girl child issues associated to their Health, Respect, Education, Nutrition etc.
Rohbi Sangtam, EAC Hq. Longleng in his keynote address stated that girls should stand for their rights and pursue in which ever field they are interested in. Being born in a stereotype family, one may face more struggles and hurdles but in order to be successful, one should come out from these stereotype traits, set a goal and stay focused until it is achieved.
Shiju Anthony, Headmaster Christian High School, in his welcome speech appreciated the DTF, BBBP & MSK Longleng for organizing such program for girl students in their School. He asked the girl students to take such program as an opportunity for their welfare.
Tutinungla Phom, District coordinator, gave a brief introduction on Girl Child Week Celebration. While WWO MSK Longleng spoke on the importance of Girl Child Rights. Importance on Girl child issues & needs was also discussed. Information on Sakhi-One Stop Centre Longleng was highlighted by Counselor Nyangyungsangla Phom.
After the program, a special session was conducted where the girl students were given opportunities to explore their talent; the students presented their original songs, quotation, poem, speech etc. This was done to make one realize their potentials and take the right decision for their future career.
To support towards the initiative program under the Scheme ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’. Gift hamper were given to all the girls students who attended the program. The program was attended by DTF BBBP, High school Girls Students, teachers & the OSC team Longleng.
MASS SOCIAL WORK IN PEREN
In view of ensuing the Independence Day Celebration on 15th August 2019, Sentiwapang Aier DC Peren has notified for mass social work on 9th August’19. All Heads of Offices under Peren District have been directed to ensure strict compliance and attendance of all staff. All the Departments have also been requested to mobilize available resources like machineries, tools and implements at their disposal and also arrange refreshments for their respective Department on the said date.
RTI OFFICIALS APPOINTED FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE
The Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified that in pursuance of the section No5(l) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, the Government has designated the following officers under the Department of Environment Forests & Climate Change as First Appellate Authority (FAA), Public Information Officer (PIO) and Assistant Public Information Officer (APIO).
- First Appellate Authority (FAA)
Lhoubeilatuo Kire, IFS Addl. Chief Secretary
- Public Information Officer (PIO)
Dr. Y. Atsase Thongtsar OSD
- Assistant Public Information Officer (APIO)
Moalila, Under Secretary
(Siizo Kikhi IA)