Kohima, August 8: Nagaland Legislative Assembly Speaker, Vikho-o Yhoshu Thursday adjourned the 2-day fourth session of 13th State Assembly sine die.
Besides making obituary references to the passing away of central and state leaders during the intercession period of the Assembly, the ruling legislators laid annual administrative reports for the year 2018-19.
The session witnessed first-time ruling MLA of the ruling NDPP, Sharingain Longkumer (37) being elected unopposed as the Deputy Speaker of the 60-member.
Two important bills – The Nagaland Protection of Interests of Depositors (in Financial Establishments) (Amendment) Bill 2018 and Amity University Nagaland Act 2011 (Repeal) Bill 2019 were also passed.
Three government rules and regulations – Nagaland Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Rules, 2017, Pharmacy Practice Regulation 2015 and Nagaland State Mineral Development Corporation Limited were also tabled in the House.
Altogether 43 starred questions and 14 unstarred questions were raised by opposition MLAs. They also took up matter of urgent public importance pertaining to Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland and Inner Line Permit and also Assam’s allegation of Nagaland encroaching land in Assam-Nagaland inter-state border area.
Besides the speaker and deputy speaker, both of ruling NDPP, the current strength of Nagaland Assembly comprises of 19 NDPP, 12 BJP and one Independent MLA as People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) while opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) has 26 MLAs.
Deputy CM Y. Patton who also holds Roads & Bridges portfolio replying to a starred question raised by MLA Imkong L. Imchen said that PWD (Roads & Bridges) undertook the foothill connectivity work from Tizit to Dimapur with an estimated total cost of Rs 235 crore.
Patton said that the work was approved during 2013-14 under Special Plan Assistance (SPA), while the work for formation cutting works in those stretches of road where there was no road (missing link) started during 2013-14.
He said that the formation cutting works were completed while the remaining pavement works are not yet started.
He said that payment amounting to Rs 40 crore was made during 2013-14 and another Rs 270 crore during 2014-15 while the work is executed contractually.
On the latest status of the road, Patton informed that after taking up the works with the initial releases, further funding under SPA (Special Plan Allocation) was discontinued from 2014-2015 onwards.
“Hence, cross drainages/ pavements/ bridges/ improvement works of existing stretches could not be taken up and thus the road is not pliable as of now,” he said.
He informed that formation cutting works have been completed for a total of span of 129.6 kms.
Patton also added that Ao Baptist Arogo Mongdang contributed Rs 36,56,282 for the construction of the road as a supporting gesture for the construction of the road in view of the importance of having a road in the foothill areas within the boundaries of Nagaland.
Posting of EACs
Patton, replying to MLA Picto Shohe, said the request for posting of EACs at Akuhaito and Saptiqa EAC HQs has not materialized since there is acute shortage of administrative officers in the level of EAC.
He said that most of the EAC Hqs are allowed to be manned by the officers from District HQs or Hqs with additional charge.
At present, he said Sh. Tsiatsusie, EAC has been given additional charge of EAC, Akuhaito.
With regard to the posting of EAC, Saptiqa; after Sh. Nockpai Konyak, EAC Satakha who was holding additional charge of EAC, Saptiqa was transferred none of the administrative officers could be posted, he said.
However, Patton said the respective Deputy Commissioner is authorized to make necessary arrangement to look after all the vacant administrative headquarters as per need.
Patton informed the House that the government is contemplating to establish a Police Station at Atoizu ADC Hq and a proposal has been received from Superintendent of Police Zunheboto for up-gradation of Police Outpost Atoizu to Police Station.
The Police Headquarters has also recommended the same and forwarded to the government, he said adding that the government has requested the department to re-submit the proposal by working out how this Police Station can be manned without post creation.
409 constables appointed
Patton, who also holds Home department, while replying to MLA Sazo said 409 Constables have been appointed from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 under the Police department.
He said that the government has constituted a screening/recommendation committee headed by IGP (Hqr) who scrutinizes all the applications and forward all such eligible applications to the respective Police Units.
Further, the Unit Commanders would appoint fit candidates as per the process laid down only against the clear existing vacancies, he said.
Saying that 37% reservation for backward areas is being maintained in the appointments, he said out of 409 constables appointed in the relevant period, the total number of candidates of the backward tribe is 58%
Rs 226.80 cr received under SPA
Minister for Planning & Coordination Neiba Kronu said that against the backlog of Rs 863.94 crore, the state government has received Rs 226.80 crore during 2018-19 under Special Plan Assistance (SPA).
No fund has been received during 2019-20, Kronu while replying to MLA Muthingnyuba Sangtam.
The amount of Rs. 226.80 crore was sub-allocated to various departments as sanctioned by Ministry of Finance, he said.
The project against the amount included: Construction of 20 MVA 66/11KV S/S at Sovima with associated transmission line- Rs. 2.90 crore, Tsutsung HEP- Mokokchung- Rs. 2.71 crore, construction of additional 25 MVA 132/33 at S/S Kohima- Rs. 7.51 crore, Directorate of School Education, Phase- I Rs. 3.57 crore, establishment of State Sericulture Farmers’ Training Centre, Dimapur- Rs. 1.12 crore, 13th IR Battalion, Yachang, Mokokchung – Rs. 77.79 crore, 12th IR Battalion, Chingtok, Longleng- Rs. 82.06 crore, 10th NAP (IR) Bn HQ Zhadima- Rs. 46.47 crore and Installation of Astro Turf at IG Stadium Kohima- Rs. 2.68 crore.
State produces Silk worth Rs 33.31 cr
Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio replying to MLA Dr Chumben Murry informed the Assembly that the total valuation of silk (Cocoon) produced in the State during the year 2018-19 under various type of Silk/Cocoon as per the existing market rate is Rs 33,31,64,000.
Giving the break for the different types of Cocoon, Rio said, Mulberry Cocoon 122 MT at the rate Rs. 250 per kg had the total valuation of Rs 305,00,000; Eri Cocoon quantity 600 MT at Rs 500 per kg valued at 30,00,00,000; Mugabe Cocoon – 17 lakh at Rs 1.50 per cocoon valued Rs 25,50,000 and Taser Cocoon – 1.14 lakh at rate Rs. 1 per cocoon valued Rs 1,14,000.
Stating that Nagaland has the potential of producing more silk, Rio said in view of the favorable Anti-climatic and Topographic condition in the state, all the four types of Silkworm are being practiced in all the districts of the state and has high potential for further development.
The Sericulture Department contemplates to take up more developmental programmes in the coming year by availing Central Assistance, Rio added. (Page News Service)