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DIPR, Kohima

Saturday 8th February 2020



            The second day of the Fifth Session of the Thirteen Assembly on 8th February 2020 began with starred question.

            Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio laid down the Annual Administrative Reports of New & Renewable Energy, Employment, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, State Council of Education Research & Training and Youth Resources & Sports. Various Ministers also laid down the Annual Administrative Reports of the Department of Cooperation, Department of Planning, Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Department of Municipal Affairs and Department of School Education.

            Chairman, of the Committee on Public Undertakings (2019-2020), Dr. Neikiesalie Kire also presented the Eighty First Report on the Examination of Audit Paragraphs that appeared in the report of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India for the year 2011-2012 contained in the Nagaland Industrial Development Cooperation (NIDC) under the Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Nagaland and  Eighty Second Report of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India for the year 2011-2012 pertaining to the Nagaland Hotels Limited (NHL) under the Department of Industries and Commerce.

            The second day ended with discussion on matters of urgent importance pertaining to CAB 2016/CAA 2019and NRC which was initiated by Dr. Chotisuh Sazo.

                                                                                                (Akummeren, IA)


            With concerns raised by the opposition on whether the reservation policy was strictly being followed, the Government assured the Assembly on 8th February, 2020 of 5th Session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, that appointment will be done as per the policy of reservation of seats to the Backward Tribes.

            Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, replying to a starred question raised by MLA Yitachu, on how the case of backlog reservation is followed, said that as per the Personnel & Administrative department’s Notification No. RCBT-5/87(Pt-Ⅱ) dated 4th September 2015, if no candidate is available from a particular Backward Tribe whose turn has come on the roster, the vacancy shall not be filled by a candidate belonging to any other tribe.

            Rio clarified that if the candidate from a particular BT, does not qualify for filling up the vacancy earmarked for the BT in the roster, such vacancy shall be treated as ‘backlog vacancy.’

            Yitachu requested the government to strictly follow the policy so that every Backward Tribe will progress and get due opportunity.

            MLA Chotisuh Sazo raised concern on whether reservation of seats was maintained in Grade-Ⅲ appointment made under Roads & Bridges Department, Minister in charge of Roads & Bridges, Yanthungo Patton assured the Assembly that reservation policy will be followed in appointments.

                                                                                                (Nouneseno, IA Jakhama)


            Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Pangyu Phom stated that Nagaland was the first State to report on special surveillance system portal for Novel Coronavirus with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, while replying to matters of urgent public importance under rule – 54 initiated by Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang at the ongoing Fifth Session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly.

            The Minister said that it was a matter of relief that there are no confirm cases of Novel Coronavirus in Nagaland and that regular review is being carried out by the Chief Minister, Minister of H&FW and Chief Secretary of Nagaland. He highlighted that a State Public Health Emergency Operation Centre with Command Centre has been operationalized since 28th January 2020. Daily surveillance reports are being dispatched to the Central Surveillance Unite, Ministry of H&FW, GoI, he added.

            He also asserted that district surveillance unites and rapid response teams have been activated and are on maximum alert. A total of 25 isolation beds in public hospitals have been identified and kept ready and added that the department is working in close coordination with private hospitals in the State.

             The Minister also informed that screening of passengers arriving at Dimapur airport have stated on 30th January 2020 while advisories on 2019 NCOV are being regularly being publish on local dailies and social media. Pangyu also spoke on the nuisance on false information being circulated on the virus and should be noted that a lot is yet to learn on various aspects about the virus.

            Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang stated that the preventive measures taken up by the State Government should be in full swing with scanning of passengers not only at the airport but should also be done in the railway station and all entry points of Nagaland so as to keep the virus away from the state.

                                                                                                (Akummeren,, IA)


            A number of very important issues were discussed and reviewed on the second day of the fifth session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on 8th Feb, 2020. The issue of illegal check gates and collection of toll fees between Kohima to Dimapur was brought to the notice of the house when opposition MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu, put forth a query to the Minister-in-charge of Home Affairs regarding the number of both legal and illegal check gates check-gates that have been set up between Kohima to Dimapur Nagaland Gate and the rate of toll fees fixed or collected by the Police, Traffic, Excise, MVI, Forest Department and Geology and Mining Department. He further questioned the legality of the taxes collected at check gates set up by different organizations.

            Dy. CM and Minister in-charge of Home Affairs Y.Patton replied to the query saying that there is only one permanent Police check gate Chumukedima, the functioning of which is allowed by Home Department Political Branch and that no fees are collected by Police, MVI, Excise and Forest Departments except Geology and mining department which has one Mineral Check Gate at Chumukedima for levying royalty on minor minerals. He further added that there is no information regarding the check gates manned by various organizations other than the ones mentioned above and that if at all they exist they are illegal to which the opposition MLA claimed that there is proper evidence and proof of the existence of check gates manned by various public organizations and is more than ready to provide them. Dy. CM and Minister in-charge of Home Affairs Y. Patton responded to the claim by assuring that the government would look into the matter at the earliest if provided with proper evidence and proof of the existence of the illegal check gates.

            The house also discussed the progress of the construction of Helipad at Vankhosung, Wokha when Dr. Chumben Murry, MLA queried the Minister-in-charge of Transport, Civil Aviation & Railways regarding the amount sanctioned and the progress of the project. Minister-in-charge of Transport, Civil Aviation & Railways P.Paiwang Konyak replied to the queries by stating that the total amount for the project was Rs. 225.24 lakhs out of which Rs. 190.40 lakhs have already been sanctioned and assured that the project would be completed by September 2020.


                                                                                    (Morotsung Longchar, IA)


            Dr. Chotisuh Sazo, opposition MLA initiated the discussion on matters of urgent Public importance pertaining to CAB 2016/CAA 2019 and NRC. He brought to the notice of the house the threats posed by the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 to the people of Nagaland and the state as whole, the biggest threat being the problem of Bangladesh immigrants coming to the State. He said that in the long run it will burden our limited resources and also pose a serious threat to our way of life, our culture, language and traditions. He further stressed on the CAA being totally against the ethos of the Indian Constitution and is a clear violation of Art. 14 and Art. 25 of the Constitution. The only solution to the problem would be to scrap the CAA, he said.

            Dr.Chumben Murry, MLA also gave weightage to the argument against CAA by saying the CAA is discriminatory in nature and that Nagaland will not be protected by Art 371 (A) and ILP regulations under BEFR 1873 as any matters pertaining to Citizenship comes under the Union List which means that the center has sole power to decide over any issue regarding Citizenship. He concluded by expressing his fears over economic exploitation by non Nagas as a result of the CAA.

            Leader of the Opposition, T.R. Zeliang said that the Government should study the effects of settlement of People from other states and its impact so that the future is secure. He emphasised on the need for strict implementation on the provision of ILP. Regulation Act in Nagaland.

            Advisor, School Education, K.Tokugha Sukhalu informed the house not to create any fear psychosis or panic through the implementation of CAA as Nagas interest are well protected. Sukhalu mentioned that the Government has to strictly implement the regulation of inner Line permit Act to safe guard the interest of the Naga people.

            Minister, Higher & Technical Education, Temjen Imna Along joining the discussion said that the bill was passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019 and provide a path to Indian citizenship for illegal migrants of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian religious minorities who had fled persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before 31st December 2014.  The amendment also relaxed the residence requirement for naturalisation of these migrants from 11 years to 5 years, he added.

            Along expressed concern that the Act has been widely criticized by politicising it in a negative way creating fear psychosis among our people. He advised not to mislead the people and the propagandas should not be misinterpreted.

            He assured that the Act will not harm our political rights, culture and land rights as we are excluded from the preview of CAA and special status for our state have been incorporated in the central list. He also called upon the treasury bench and opposition parties to come together and find a solution to safeguard the community as a whole.

            Deputy Chief Minister, Y. Patton in his concluding remark stated that our state is fully aware of the Act and several consultative meetings with the political parties, representatives from various organisations Hohos was held, in this connection the PDA government approached the central government and apprised about the grievances and have made progressive results.

            He also mentioned that CAA will not scrap our special status 371 (A) or ILP regime and added that Nagaland was exempted from the preview of CAA. In another achievement he said that the PDA government went against the wishes of the central government to bring in Dimapur under the preview of ILP to save the indigenous and cultural tradition or our State.

                                                                                    (Temjenkaba, Siizo & Morotsung, IA)


            Department of Information and Public Relations, Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University Arunachal Pradesh organized a two days Public Relations (PR) conclave for public relations professionals, from 7th -8th February, 2020, at Waii International Hotel, Itanagar.

            During the two days programme, Minister Agri Horti & Diary Development, Arunachal Pradesh, Er. Tage Taki graced as chief guest, while Professor Saket Kushwaha, Vice Chancellor, RGU was the guest of honor.

            The formal programme began with lightning of lamp followed by welcome address from Secretary Department of IPR, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Himanshu Gupta, IAS. In the  technical session Obang Tayeng, Director IPR, Arunachal; T. Chuba Ao, Deputy Director, DIPR, Nagaland and J. Chakavarty Jt. Director IPR, Assam spoke on publicity methods adopted by their respective State Government IPR Department.

            A souvenir of Department of IPR, Arunachal Pradesh called ‘VOYAGE’ was also released by ministers and other dignitaries.

                                                                                                (Tovikali, IA)


            Deputy Commissioner Mon, Thavaseelan K, IAS in a function held on 6th February 2020 in DC Office Conference Hall handed over a sum of Rs. 50,000 each to four upcoming entrepreneurs in Mon Town. The financial assistance for upscaling of entrepreneurs was from the Department of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA), Government of Nagaland. During the function, the Deputy Commissioner, Mon encouraged the entrepreneurs to work harder and commented that their success story is a source of inspiration to the youth of Nagaland. He also thanked DUDA for extending assistance to deserving entrepreneurs.

            Minphao Konyak runs a cobbler shop in Walo Ward, Mon Town and is amongst the first Konyaks to start a cobbler shop in Mon Town. Coming from a family where both his parents are farmers, Ahon Konyak studied upto HSLC and runs his barber shop with the help of an assistant in a rented room in Tompang Ward, Mon Town. Yapang Konyak is a freelance photographer/videographer and graphic designer. He did not take up any professional training or course but his passion, his hobbies & his creativity brought him to where he is now. Chinglang Konyak is the founder and Director of Mon School of Music. The School provides formal training to aspiring musicians and aims to be an institution where the students can pursue music as a career in their future.



            KVK (ICAR) Kiphire organised a one day training on integrated weed management and popularization of meghdoot app at Longthonger village on 8th February 2020.

            Seroba Sangtam HEA, Kiphire highlighted on the use and advantages of different types of weed management practice which are indigenous and organic based. He urged the farmers to go for integrated practice such as cultural, mechanical and chemical as one single management practice would deteriorate the resources.

            Temjenna Jamir SMS (Agro Meteorology) also made a brief note on popularization of Meghdoot mobile App. She highlighted the various features available on the mobile app including weather forecast and crop advisories of various districts. She mentioned that the app can be downloaded from playstore from any android phone and is a very good platform not only for the farmers but also for the young upcoming generation who has keen interest on crop related advisories or crop weather in general. As of now the app has facility only for district level but in the near future it will also cater to the block level.

                                                                                                (Wangshikokla, IA Kiphire)


            Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Anoop Kinchi IAS, who is also the DEO Dimapur, handed over the final publication of Electoral Roll to all the political parties (BJP, INC, NPF, NDPP). A copy of E- Roll in both hard and soft copy was given to the political parties today 7th February 2020, from the official chamber of DC Dimapur.

            Public have been informed that the list of amendments to the draft electoral roll for 1- Dimapur I, 2- Dimapur II, 3- Dimapur III, 4- Ghaspani I and 5- Ghaspani II Assembly Constituencies has been prepared in accordance with the Registration of Elector Rules, 1960. Copy of the said roll together with the said list of amendments has-been published and will be available for inspection in the office of DC and DEO Dimapur during office hours.

                                                                                                (DPRO Dimapur)


            The Dimapur District Task Force on Plastic, in its continuous drive for enforcement of plastic ban, conducted checks in shops and Godowns located at GS Road, Marwari Patti and Hazi park areas of Dimapur on 6th February 2020 and seized around 600 kgs of banned plastic and polythene products.

            The defaulters were fined and warned not to sell or stock the banned items. The seized items were later handed over to DMC for disposal. The team further informed that checking will be conducted regularly.

                                                                                                (DPRO Dimapur)


            The 1st Longleng District Badminton Open Championship 2020 culminated with Yanithung Ezung NPS Sr. Superintendent of Police, Longleng as the Guest of Honour on 7th February 2020 at Multi Purpose Indoor Stadium.

            In his closing speech the Guest of Honour said that he was deeply inspired by the people of Longleng’s love for sports and added that Longleng is a land of sports lovers.  Asserting that Badminton is an expensive sport he praised the Longleng District Badminton Association (LDBA) for organizing the tournament with a vision to provide special platform for the sports loving youth to excel especially in the field of badminton.

            Earlier, H. Matong Phom General Secretary, LDBA spoke on the origin of Badminton as a discipline, its value and health benefits. The Pastor Ao Baptist Church, Longleng Temsumeren who spoke on behalf of the parents said that the tournament was organized with an objective to give opportunity to the youths who love sports and exhorted on discipline of sports and time management to become a successful sports star, while Y. Chingtuk Phom shared his experience representing the players.

            Altogether 71 players participated in the championship in 12 categories. The winners of the tournament are: Junior Boy’s single-winner Henshong. Runners-up Longjei. Junior Boy’s Double winner – Metom & Lingerie. Runners-up -Kongmong & Ongba. Junior girls single winner -Theila, runners-up Hone. Sub-junior boys single winner -Metom. Runners-up Y. Shingau. Junior girls Double winner -Hone & Theila, Runners-up Shingmei & Lemtentula. Sub-junior boys doubles winner -Baushan & Shungau. Runners-up Meichet & Longto. Mens single winner -Aloi, Runners-up Pongwai. Mix double winner – Chingjem & Henngam. Runners-up Alen & Anyang. Sub-veteran winner Double – P. Etau & Anyang, Runners-up Aloi & Amai. Men’s Double Winner – P. Etau & Henngam, Runners-up Shaloi & Onglung, women’s single winner – L. Alen, runners-up Ten-day, Veteran double winner – Amei & Chinglum, Runners-up Toshi & Chingjem.


                                                                                                (DPRO & Manjong, IA Longleng)


            Vungoju FC lifted the 10th edition of the Lotha Football Championship which concluded on Friday the 7th February 2020. The Wokha District Football Association (WDFA) on Friday concluded its tenth the edition of Lotha Football Championship (LFC) at Local Ground, Wokha with Er. Chonrhonthung Ezung, executive engineer (electrical) Wokha as the special guest.

            The final matched was played between Vungoju FC vs A1 Tsungiki FC where Vungoju FC claimed the champion title of the 10th Edition of Lotha Football Championship.

            Dominating the matched, Vungoju FC in the first half through its strikers Hatsabemo (17 minutes) and Yiben (28 and 34 minutes) scored three goals, while A1 Tsungiki FC scored the lone goal through a penalty at the 39th minute through Sinlo.

            Hatsabemo of Vungoju FC scored two important goals in the second half, claimed a hat-trick (17, 58 and 65 minutes) on the final match.

            A short closing ceremony was conducted where Er. Chonrhonthung Ezung, executive engineer (electrical) Wokha, the special guest, spoke on true sportsman spirit while urging the youths to pick up skills in sports.

            Vungoju FC took home a running trophy, medal, certificates and a cash prize of one lakh, while the runners-up received a running trophy, medal, certificates and cash prize of Rs. 60,000.

            Earlier in the day playing for the third place between Friends Club Wokha Village Vs Niro Range Sports Association , Friends Club Wokha Village claimed the third place while the forth place was adjudged to Niro Range Sports Association.

            Individual awards of the 10th edition of LFC for the best defender was claimed by Zuben Kithan of Friends Club Wokha Village, best midfielder by Rashamo Murry of Friends Club Wokha Village, golden Glove by Meribemo of Vungoju FC, Mhabemo of Vungoju FC bagged the player of the tournament, while the highest scored of the tournament was claimed by Hatsabemo and Sulan from Vungoju FC and Friends Club Wokha Village with 19 goals each.


                                                                                                (Zubenthung, IA Wokha)