Opposition MLAs grills Govt

Opposition MLAs grills Govt
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Kohima, March 24: The penultimate day of the ongoing first session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly under PDA Government continued the debate on the motion of thanks to the address of the Governor P B Acharya delivered to the House on the second day of the session on Thursday.
The Opposition MLAs though were appreciative about the initiatives of the PDA Government on coffee plantation, road sector, organic farming etc, they were of the view that those are only the previous Government’s projections and initiatives.
MLA Y Vikheho Swu dwelling on March 6 declaration of the Governor that solution will be achieved within six months of installing the new Government, cautioned that “if solution does not come within the mentioned period, Naga people will take it as a political propaganda fooling the Naga people towards the formation of NDPP-BJP Government in the State”.
Sharing his experience as a former minister of the Road & Bridges, Swu said the deplorable road conditions is not a major issue but the actual problem is that the State lacks Road Maintenance Policy and also ill management of what is available with the department.
Rs 50 crore proposed for road maintenance by the PDA Government is too meagre, he said, adding that minimum amount of Rs 350 crore is required annually for proper repair and maintenance of existing roads.
“As we take over the opposition bench, we also hand over 33 road projects worth Rs 1040 crore to the new Government,” he said.
On the claims of Nagaland Coffee reaching Cape Town in South Africa, Swu while thanking the Land Resources Department for reviving the already failed project in the State, also applauded the former Chief Minister TR Zeliang stating that it was his brain child to restart coffee plantation project.
On buy-back policy, he asked the Government to specifically declare the names of crops which would be included in the policy, in order to help the farmers engage in its cultivation.
MLA YM Yollow while expressing that Nagas don’t want to labour but are mostly after easy money, was of the view that the Government must initiate work culture in practical. He appealed to the Government that importance should not be given only to the development of Kohima and Dimapur district but think about the rural and interior areas.
Dr Chumben Murry lamented the Governor’s address was a regular statement and was bereft of any new welfare policies and programmes of the Government. He urged the Government to pay equal attention towards the welfare of the constituencies of the opposition members too.
He also lambasted the Government for re-using the 2013 election slogan of NPF – “Peace for development, Development for peace”. Pointing that Rio and also former MLA Dr Neiphrezo Keditsu were uttering NPF instead of NDPP during the campaigning period for the just concluded elections, Murry said there is something wrong in NDPP and if the NDPP MLAs desire NPF is willing to take them to run the affairs of the Government on 50-50 share basis.
On the claims of PDA to bring change, he said unless a paradigm shift comes from the politicians and legislators to serve the people, the real change will be distant dream. Also maintaining Nagaland needs good economic and fiscal reforms, the government should have the plans for enhancing the GSDP in the next five years by revamping the revenue generation of the State.
MLA Amenba Yaden suggested strengthening of the existent Forum for Naga Reconciliation instead of opening a new Centre for Peace and Non-Violence. He was also critical on the proposed buy back policy to enhance the agri & allied sector without having proper mechanism for increase the production level stating that the produces in rural areas hardly reaches the urban areas due to minimal production.
MLA B S Nganlang urged the Government to reconsider its decision not to allow usage of name plates and beacon lights to do away with VIP culture. He said that elected members from the far-flung areas coming to the State capital via Assam would face problem.
On the fourth day of the ongoing first budget session, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and four of his cabinet colleagues laid the annual administrative report for the year 2017-18 of 18 government departments.
Rio also tabled the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, Department of Social Welfare while Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton, who also holds Home Department presented the Nagaland Societies Registration Rules, 2017. (Page News Service)