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Nagaland budget session from today


Govt to table resolution against CAB

Kohima, February 20: The budget session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly will commence from Thursday at the Assembly Hall here. The 5-day assembly session with only one break on February 24 (Sunday) will continue till February 26.
The session assumes significance as it will not only pass the full budget for the fiscal 2019-2020 but will also adopt a resolution on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) 2016.
The government would be tabling a resolution against CAB 2016 on February 23.
According to a provisional programme of business for the third session of the 13th State Assembly, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who also holds the finance portfolio, will present the full budget for the new fiscal on February 25.
On Thursday, the session will commence with Nagaland Governor P B Acharya addressing the legislators in the 60 member House.
Ruling Peoples’ Democratic Alliance (PDA) government has 33 members comprising of 17 NDPP MLAs, 12 BJP, two NPP and one each JD(U) and Independent legislator while opposition Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) has 26 members. One seat is vacant following the expiry of NDPP MLA, Imtikumzum in September last year.
The house is also expected to discuss the Naga political issue and also pass resolution on it.
Among others, the issue of extending Inner Line Permit (ILP) coverage to the entire state of Nagaland is likely to be discussed during the session. Civil society organizations have been demanding bringing Dimapur District under the ILP regime in order to curb influx of illegal immigrants into the State.
The Government is also likely take up the matter of issuing work permit to legal migrants engaged in business activities in Dimapur.
During the session, other business to be taken up includes laying of administrative reports, introduction of Government bills, moving of motion of thanks to the Governor’s address, debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address and adoption, introduction of Government resolution/motion, if any, and discussion on it, etc.
The government is also scheduled to table the supplementary demands for grants for the year 2018-19.(Page News Service)