Kohima, February 12: The 9-day long Budget Session 2021-22 of the Nagaland Assembly commenced Friday by following all COVID-19 precautionary measures in the Assembly Secretariat here.
All the legislators, Assembly staff, senior bureaucrats, Heads of Departments and other support staff were made to undergo compulsory COVID-19 testing to attend the session, while thermal scanning and hand-sanitizing facilities have been placed at the entrance.
Sitting arrangements have also been made following all COVID-19 SOPs.
The first day of the session witnessed Governor R N Ravi addressing the legislators while Advisor Namri Nchang moved the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address and Advisor H. Haiying seconded the motion.
Saturday and Sunday will be off day for the session, and the session will resume on Monday.
Besides the question hours starting on February 15, other business for the session include laying of annual administrative reports, Government rules, presentation of the Assembly Committee Reports, introduction of Government Bills.
The session will also have discussion on matters of urgent public importance on Naga political issue and revenue generation in the power sector, other than consideration and passing of Government Bills.
The financial activities will include supplementary demands for grants for the year 2020-2021, while Rio, who also holds Finance portfolio, will present the Budget for the year 2021-2022 on February 18, which will be taken up for consideration and passage on the last day of the session on February 20.
Earlier today, NLA members led by Speaker Sharingain Longkumer and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio made obituary references to the passing away of former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Former Governor of Nagaland Ashwani Kumar, former Nagaland Minister CM Chang, former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi, former MLA of Nagaland Lungbe Meru and Chief Secretary Temjen Toy. (Page News Service)