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Assembly Round-Up: Rio lays Nagaland RPwD rules in Assembly


Kohima, February 7: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today laid the Nagaland Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rules 2019 brought out by Department of Social Welfare in the State assembly.
The rules stated that the head of the establishment shall ensure that the provision of sub-section (3) of Section 3 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 are not misused to deny any right or benefit to persons with disabilities covered under the Act.
In pursuance of the provisions of Section 19 of the Act, the State Government shall within six months of the notification of these rules, review existing schemes, including arrangements for loans at subsidized rates and schemes for persons with disabilities especially for their vocational training and self employment, as well as inclusion of PwDs in all mainstream formal and non formal vocational and skill training schemes and programmes.
The state government shall either frame a separate policy for posting and transfer of employees with disabilities or make special provisions in existing posting and transfer policy.
No government establishment shall discriminate against any person with disability in any matter relating to employment as provided in Section 20 of the Act.
Kohima Smart City
On question raised by Yitachu, MLA on the progress of projects undertaken so far under the Kohima Smart City Project and the total amount sanctioned under KSC Project and how much of it has been released till date and the items of work that have been completed or are under progress out of the released fund, Minister-in-charge of Municipal Affairs Department, Metsubo Jamir stated that the total amount sanctioned for Kohima Smart City Project was Rs 198 crore out of which Rs 113 crore has been released till date. He said KMC and Smart City Office was the only project completed so far and also highlighted on the list of projects which are still under progress.
Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang made supplementary queries on the issue regarding the diversion of funds from the Smart City Project without proper written approval from the Centre to fund projects like the Multi Level Car Parking at Old Medical Directorate and Old NST and the Capital Cultural Hall which was started under different project plans and left incomplete. He further stressed on the fact the Kohima Smart City Project might come under jeopardy owing to such fund diversions without proper written approval from the center.
Metsubo Jamir said the diversion of funds was done with proper approval of the State Government and also after assessing the need for proper parking facilities in the State Capital to ease the traffic congestion. He acknowledged the need to get proper written approval from the Centre for such fund diversions and promised the house that the concerned department would look into the issue and get the written approval from the center at the earliest.
Organic policy
NPF MLA, Y Vikheho Swu today said that the process of adopting Nagaland organic policy state is long overdue.
Welcoming the announcement that the State will soon be adopting an organic policy made by Governor R N Ravi during his address to the Assembly on January 17 last, Swu said “Our organic soil is on the verge of being completely contaminated with all kinds of harmful pesticide and weed repellents including access use of salt”.
The reason, he said, is because there has been huge migration of young uneducated youths, works force including young families into urban towns from villages in search of jobs.
Swu also opined that total ban of the use of all pesticide and weed repellent should be announced while a policy should be frame so as to buy vegetables from the local producers by revamping APMC function.
39,684 scholarship beneficiaries
Nagaland Minister for higher and technical education, Temjen Imna Along on Friday informed that there are 39,684 beneficiaries of different scholarships availing Rs 42.71 crore.
In his written reply to a question raised by MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu in the Assembly, Along said of the total, 38,201 are within Nagaland and 1484 outside the State.
The minister informed that full payments of scholarships have been made to all the eligible beneficiaries from 2018 to 2019 December.
Khelhoshe Polytechnic
The NPF has asked the Government for upgradation of Khelhoshe Polytechnic, Atoizu to full-fledged Engineering College without delay.
NPF lawmaker, Imkong L. Imchen said the State Cabinet has agreed to upgrade the polytechnic way back in 2007 but still it has been kept in a cold storage. He said the Cabinet Memo was proposed by him and the Cabinet took decision to upgrade to Engineering College. He said there was no valid reason why Khelhoshe Polytechnic should not be upgraded as it has required faculty and infrastructure.
Village Guards
Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton replying to a starred question on the creation of Village Guard stated that Kanjang village under Meluri ADC headquarter has been included in the consolidated proposal for Village Guards expansion.
Augmentation of water supply
On the status of the augmentation of water supply to Wokha town from Engorotchu and the capacity of the project, Minister for PHED, Jacob Zhimomi replied that the main components of the project were completed and commissioned on 12th October 2018, and the capacity of the project is 3.75 million liters per day. The Minister stated that the department has encountered some technical and other unforeseen problems. Replying to a supplementary question on delay of the project and distribution to town areas, the Minister said that the pipelines were distributed because of the erosion and landslides and distribution was delayed due to non-availability of land.
Replying to MLA, Muthingnyuba Sangtam on the latest status of the progress of work on the NH-202 and the amount sanctioned for NH-202 from the MORTH, Deputy Chief Minister, Y. Patton responded that there are two ongoing projects under Annual Renewal Programme (a) Improvement of Riding Quality Programme (IRQP) to NH-202 from km 130.00 (near C/Saddle) to km 140.00 (near Yakur) under Tuensang Division, where the physical progress is 50% and financial progress is 32.63% (b) Periodic renewal from km 272.00 (near Ngoromi) to km 284.00 (near Akhegwo) on NH-202 under Kiphire Division where the physical progress is 60% and financial progress is 22.00%. The amount sanctioned for NH-202 from the MORTH is Rs 297.60 crores.
ADC office Pughoboto
Minister in charge of CAWD, Y Patton replying to a starred question raised by MLA Y. Vikheho Swu on the construction details of ADC office Pughoboto said that the construction work of ADC Office, Pughoboto is expected to be completed by August, 2020 if the funds are placed on time. He said that construction work started in 2016, with Rs 313.31 lakhs sanctioned for the purpose.
(Page News Service)