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One day session best option during COVID-19 pandemic: Speaker

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Kohima, July 23: Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) Speaker Sharingain Longkumer today said that holding of the one day session is the best arrangement amidst the COVID-19 pandemic because it is a constitutional requirement.
Speaking to media persons at his official chamber in presence of the Commissioner & Secretary NLA Dr P J Antony at the Assembly Secretariat here this evening, Longkumer said, “in the light of Covid-19 pandemic and in an effort to uphold the Constitutional requirements, the 6th Session of the 13th Assembly was summoned on July 30 in consultation with the Governor”.
He asserted that meticulous arrangements are being made for the Assembly Session maintaining SOPs for COVID-19 and also taking into account the fact that 43 Members of the NLA are between the age group of 50 to 86.
He said that proper SOP on Dos and Don’ts during the session would be issued to all the members ahead of the scheduled session.
Therefore, seating arrangements are being re-arranged by accommodating 30 members, 17 from ruling and 13 opposition, in the main chamber and the rest of the Members being accommodated in the Officers’ Gallery following the social distancing norms, he said.
He informed that besides the obituary reference, the day-long session would have the full question hour and also one-hour discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the State as desired by the Opposition members.
On the charges of Opposition NPF Legislature Party that the Speaker was partial in considering their proposals for inclusion in the Assembly session and increase in the number of days during the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting on July 20 last, Longkumer said that while 27 questions have been admitted as starred and unstarred, the BAC has included discussion on COVID-19 pandemic.
Informing that since the proposal on discussing Naga Political Issue, he said that he has communicated to the Leader of the Opposition seeking his convenience to convene the Joint Legislators’ Forum after the conclusion of the Assembly session on July 30 has not been responded.
He said that since NPI also involves the Governor, proper deliberations can be held in the JLF meeting and pass resolution, which can be brought to the Assembly for adoption in the next session.
He also said that opposition demand for discussion on SARFAESI Act was rejected this time so that it can be discussed at length during the full-fledged session. (Page News Service)