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NLA monsoon session to focus on 27 questions, Naga issue, COVID-19 impact

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, JULY 30: The 3-day monsoon session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) scheduled from August 3 to 5 has a total of 27 questions from Opposition members, besides discussions on Naga political and impact of COVID-19.

This session assumes significance as this is likely to be the first session of the 13th House with no opposition, if the July 20 submission of Naga People’s Front (NPF) for an opposition-less government is accepted by the ruling dispensation.
Welcoming the proposal, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), a major partner of the PDA with 20 MLAs, had said that it would first consult its ally BJP before taking the final call on the matter.
However, the BJP legislators in Nagaland are yet to respond to the proposal of an opposition-less government, informed NDPP sources.
On the other hand, Nagaland BJP president Temjen Imna Along on the party’s response to the proposed political development, though agreeing that “Naga political issue is very important”, however said that the BJP being a high-command Party, the Nagaland BJP cannot take decision on its own.
“The good intention of NPF Legislature Party (for an opposition-less government) should not be misconstrued because the sole reason and purpose in supporting the formation of an Opposition-less Government is to pursue for an early resolution and settlement of the protracted Naga Political Issue”, said NPFLP secretary MLA Dr Chumben Murry.
Meanwhile, the NLA Business Advisory Committee, under the chairmanship of Speaker Sharingain Longkumer, has set the provisional programme for the 8th Session of the 13th Assembly from August 3 to 5 with recess on August 4.
Beside the Question Hour, which has more than 20 questions, the session will take up discussion on matters of urgent public importance in connection with Naga political issue (NPI) and also activities carried out by the State Government’s Core Committee on NPI, which was formed on June 10 with Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio as Convenor,
Deputy CM Y Patton and Opposition Leader TR Zeliang as co-convenors and Minister Neiba Kronu as member secretary.
Sources also said that the Government has proposed to hold deliberations on a way forward to revive economic aspects of the State which has been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic for the last one-and-a-half-year.

A total of 27 questions have been received by the Assembly Secretariat from the NPF legislators while other business include, obituary references, laying of reports, consideration and passing of Government Bills and adoption of Government resolution, if any.
Further, Assembly sources said that in view of the pandemic situation, the Assembly session would be conducted following all laid down norms.
All those attending the session, including the legislators, should have taken at least the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine or should carry the negative result of the COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the first day of the session which will commence on 9:30 a.m., on August 3.
(Page News Service)