Session cut short by a day; adjourned sine die
Kohima, February 19: The Nagaland Assembly on Friday passed Rs 22,816.61 crore budget for the fiscal 2021-22 by voice vote.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who holds the charge of the finance portfolio, had presented the Rs 2679.46 crore deficit budget on Thursday in the Assembly.
Following a day long debate on the budget, it was passed after the Opposition NPF legislators Amenba Yaden, Moatoshi Jamir and Yitachu raised cut motions on Fisheries and Health & Family Welfare Department citing malpractices.
Responding to their concern, Chief Minister Rio and Minister for Health, S Pangnyu Phom assured that they would take up the matter with the concerned departments and take corrective measures.
Thereafter, the cut motions were withdrawn while Speaker Sharingain Longkumer put the budget to vote and the members passed by voice vote.
The House also passed the Nagaland Appropriation (No 4) Bill, 2021, authorizing the Peoples’ Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government to withdraw the budgetary amount from the consolidated fund of the State for the financial year ending March 31, 2022.
Meanwhile, the House on Friday also passed four other bills including The Nagaland Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill 2021 and 3 other appropriation bills.
The Nagaland Appropriation (No.1) Bill, 2021 authorized the withdrawal of Rs. 166.13 crore from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the State of Nagaland as supplementary demands for regularization of excess expenditure for the financial year 2012-13.
The Nagaland Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2021 authorized the withdrawal of Rs. 38.51 crore from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the State of Nagaland as supplementary demands for regularization of excess expenditure for the financial year 2013-14.
The Nagaland Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2021 authorizes the withdrawal of Rs. 5826.79 crore from and out of the Consolidated fund of the state of Nagaland as supplementary demands for the financial year 2021-21.
After the passage of the budget and announcement of the constitution of various financial and non-financial committees for the new fiscal, Speaker Longkumer adjourned the House sine die.
In his concluding remarks, the Speaker acknowledged all the members of the House for their active participation and contribution towards the all important duty of the legislators in formulating the plans and policies of the Government and ensuring that the state works continually for the welfare of its people.
He said that the discussion on the Naga political Issues and the decisions and resolutions adopted during the current session were a huge milestone and would be remembered throughout the course of our history.
He expressed gratitude to all the legislators led by the Leader of the House Neiphiu Rio and Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang and to all the Government officials who contributed in various capacities to ensure that the 7th session of the 13th Assembly was conducted successfully.
It may be noted that while 25 Opposition NPF members, including the seven suspended, had raised certain matters of urgent public interest, they failed to put forth public welfare issues on the functioning of the Government during the question hour.
In this session, the Opposition had only 11 questions including seven starred and four unstarred.
The starred questions were replied on February 15 and 16 with question hours lasting for 23 to 30 minutes while replies to unstarred were tabled on February 18.
On the other hand, the Opposition members also spend lesser time during the discussions and debates on the Governor’s address, matters of urgent public importance and Budget 2021-22.
To this, even the Speaker Longkumer while acknowledging the judicious use of time by both the treasury and opposition bench, however expressed surprise that two members of the House – Leader of Opposition and senior NPF MLA gave him ‘jhatkas’ as they used the time much less than the earlier sessions of the House.
With the question hour being literally washed away and also less time consumed in the discussions and debates, the budget session which was supposed to continue till February 20 as per the Assembly programme approved by the Business advisory committee was cut short by a day. (Page News Service)