Monsoon session of NLA begins

Monsoon session of NLA begins
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Rio introduces Nagaland GST (Amendment) Bill

Kohima, September 18: The second (monsoon) session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) commenced here today with Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshü on the chair.
The 3-day session, having a recess tomorrow, commenced with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Opposition Leader T R Zeliang making obituary reference to the passing away of former Speaker of Lok Sabha, late Somnath Chatterjee and former Prime Minister, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The House also observed two-minute silence in honour of the departed soul while also conveying condolences to the bereaved family members.
Assent of the Governor, P B Acharya to Nagaland Appropriation (No. 1) Bill, 2018 and Nagaland Appropriation (No. 2) Bill concerning the budget for 2018-19 (Rs 18,315.76 crore) and Supplementary demands for grants for 2017-18 (Rs 2,074.48 crore) passed in the budget session of the new government in March last and The Nagaland Road Safety Authority Act, 2013 (First Amendment) Bill, 2018 was read out by Commissioner & Secretary of NLA, N Benjamin Newmai.
Beside the question hour, CM Rio introduced the Nagaland Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill 2018 which will be taken up for consideration and passing on September 20.
The Ministers also laid the annual administrative reports of various government departments and also two government rules – All Nagaland Directorate and District Stenographers Service Rules and Nagaland Pharmacist Service Rules, 2018.
Chairman of various committees of the Assembly including Committee on Government Assurance, Petitions, Estimates, Public Accounts, Subordinate Legislation and Public Undertakings presented their respective reports.
Assembly Secretariat delayed reaching MLAs with proceedings: Zeliang
Before starting the question Hour, Opposition leader T R Zeliang highlighted the slackness of the Assembly Secretariat in reaching the Opposition MLAs with the proceeding report of the last Assembly session and also the starred question papers for this session.
He pointed that as per the laid down rules, the proceeding report of the last Assembly should be handed over to the MLAs within six months but it has not been done.
He also lamented that the Opposition MLAs were not given the starred questions to be taken up in today’s business, which should have reached to them by yesterday.
“We got the question papers only late night after 9:40 p.m, whereas the rules say that it should reach by evening,” he said.
Zeliang, therefore, requested the Speaker to remind the Assembly Secretariat to fulfill the laid down rules and such slackness should not be repeated.
Supplementing Zeliang, MLA Chotisuh Sazo said, “The rule of procedure says the questions should reach the MLAs by day and not night”.
Responding to the grievances of Opposition bench, Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshü said, “The Assembly Secretariat is going by the rules and lapses if any would be corrected”.
Opposition asks powers for advisors; Rio accepts
Meanwhile, MLA Kuzholuzo Nienu while pointing at the appointment of ruling MLAs as Advisors for various departments requested the government to also empower them to respond to the queries put up by the members.
“Now that the CM has appointed his advisors, he should fully empower them and they should be permitted to answer the questions in the Assembly,” Nienu said.
Opposition Leader Zeliang saidm “If you don’t appoint its fine but if appointed why don’t give them the power and allow them to perform”.
“If you don’t allow them to perform what is the point of appointing the advisors. Other states have done away with such post and but here you want to continue without giving them the powers,” he said.
To this, CM Rio replied that the government has consulted with the legal luminaries and it has been decided that the Advisors would be allowed to reply to the supplementary questions in the interest of the department in serving the people. (Page News Service)