Budget 2020-21 visionless: NPF

Budget 2020-21 visionless: NPF

Kohima, February 14: Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) today termed the State Budget 2020-2021 as confusing, disturbing and visionless and lacking consistency with no provision for development and growth.
Initiating the debate on the Budget 2020-21, MLA Kuzholuzo Azo Nienu said the budget speech is more like Independence and Republic Day speeches without much information about the budgeted amount for any departments. It is a confusing disturbing and visionless budget, Azo said.
The MLA also expressed serious concern over the issue of appointment of more than 900 constables in the Police Department without conducting recruitment rallies. Highlighting the cautions and statements issued by Naga Students’ Federation, Dimapur Naga Students’ Union and Naga Tribal Union Chumoukedima Town, Azo feared of social upraise and unrest if the Government does not immediately put on hold all such appointments and conduct fresh recruitments.
MLA Kezhienyi Khalo expressed concern over random appointments in Police Department saying that the advance tribes are taking lions share while the backward reservation are not followed. He highlighted that lot of discrepancies are being noticed in appointment under Police Department specially even in the IGP (Int) Branch which needs personnel from all the tribes but appointment is given to particular tribe only because of which they face language problem while collecting information. The recent appointment in IGP (Int) shows one to Angami and 14 to Lotha, he said.
He also revealed that under NPTO, 34 appointees were from Lotha community while 21 were shared by five districts.
MLA Y M Yollow stressed on the need for early completion of the foothill road so that people along the border districts of Assam, specially from Eastern Nagaland need not have to travel through Assam and face harassment during bandhs and other protest.
Saying that salary expenditure of the State Government is too high because of which it is unable to take up development works, Yollow said appointments in some departments has become tribal appointments.
He said that Ministers are not only for one tribe, village or constituency and if they continue to concentrate that way the future Naga youngsters will stand nowhere. He stressed on the need to maintain 37% backward tribe reservation in all appointments and recruitments.
He also questioned the Government as to where the fees and fines collected from issuance of ILP and the defaulters are deposited, and also how much has been accumulated since statehood.
MLA Amenba Yaden termed the budged as hollow while lacking vision and consistency.
He also stressed on the need for completion of foothill road saying that only a small portion remains but works not in progress for which the State government has to provide budget.
MLA Dr Chumben Murry asked the Government to adopt austerity measure to curtail the excess expenditure while also suggesting that trend of passing supplementary demand for grants which is unhealthy as it has passes more than 25% of the budget estimates needs to be stopped.
On the claims of the Government to double farmers income by 2022 and bring about pork sufficiency and provide good roads, he said the budget document is silent on the measure to achieve all the initiatives.
MLA Keneizhakho Nakhro emphasized on the need for the Government to provide safe drinking water facilities in the State capital. He appealed the Government to initiate circular roads while also giving importance to by-pass road so that regular traffic jams can be relieved.
Senior NPF MLAs Dr Chotisuh Sazo, Yitachu and Imkong L Imchen also participated in the budget discussion. (Page News Service)