Dimapur, February 8: With concerns raised by the opposition on whether the reservation policy was strictly being followed, the Government today assured the 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-?) 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 under Roads & Bridges Department. Minister in charge of Roads & Bridges, Yanthungo Patton assured the Assembly that reservation policy will be followed in appointments.
‘Illegal check gates’
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 and 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.
Deputy CM and Minister in-charge of Home Affairs Y Patton said there is only one permanent police check gate at 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 added that there is no information regarding the check gates manned by various organizations other than the ones mentioned and that if at all they exist, they are illegal.
To this, 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.
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 illegal check gates.
Helipad at Vankhosung
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.
(Page News Service)