PDA Govt comes out with 100-days target; urges all to leave election bitterness behind

PDA Govt comes out with 100-days target; urges all to leave election bitterness behind
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Kohima, March 8: The NDPP-led People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government, which took over the reins of Nagaland today, has come out with a 100-days formula of Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government at the Centre.
Going by the major policy decisions of the first cabinet meeting held at Chief Minister’s chamber in the Secretariat Thursday afternoon, the new PDA government comprising of NDPP with four ministers, including CM and BJP with lion’s share of six ministers including Deputy Chief Minister, and one each of JD(U) and Independent, appears all set to give the people the ‘Change’ which they had assured was ‘coming’ during the election campaign.
“To begin with, all Government Departments and Government Institutions will be required to have its websites, internet portals and social media accounts that provide all information related to their respective Departments within 100 days,” stated the cabinet decision signed by cabinet secretary Temjen Toy, a copy of which made available to the media.
The Cabinet also decided that periodical appraisals and assessments of the Departments, including performance of Ministers will take place regularly while the Cabinet will put in place specific targets and deadlines for achievement of programmes and policies and completion of projects.
“Targets for 100 days, six months and one year will be made public,” it was decided.
The Cabinet also decided to give a deadline to all Departments to link as government employees and beneficiaries of government funds, pensions etc. to Aadhaar based biometric system to ensure transparency and good governance.
All Government Directorates and Secretariat will be covered by Aadhaar enabled biometric attendance system within 100 days, the cabinet decided while also asserting to follow an appropriate system will be devised for ensuring attendance in the district offices.
Interestingly as per today’s the decision, all ministers and elected Members of the 13th Nagaland Assembly are required to declare their assets and the assets of their spouses and dependents within 100 days.
The showing off of clout by ministers and MLAs as well as bureaucrats and leaders of political parties hopefully will become a thing of the past as the Cabinet has decided to enforce Anti-VIP Culture.
The Cabinet decided that a notification banning the use of name/designation plates by any government employee and government official in vehicles will be issued. Even Ministers and elected Members will not use name or designation plates. A colour coded Car Pass system will be designed for official use especially for Ministers and MLAs to avoid any inconveniences, the Cabinet decided.
“Except for the Governor, Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Speaker and Deputy Speaker, no other functionary of the Government will use security escorts and pilots within Kohima and Dimapur,” was another major decision of the cabinet.
In this, the Cabinet asserted that security surveillance in the State Capital and Dimapur will be enhanced and improved so that ministers and other functionaries do not have the need to use escorts and pilots within city limits.
On sports and youth affairs, the Cabinet decided that a new Nagaland State Sports Policy will be announced within 100 days.
Giving the much required recognition to legendry Naga sports, the Cabinet decided to rename the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima as T. Ao Stadium in memory of the first Naga Olympian to coincide with the centenary year of the sports legend.
A new insurance scheme for students studying outside Nagaland to be launched within 100 days, it was decided
Further deciding to establish a Nagaland Investment & Development Authority, the new cabinet came out with the decision to hold an investment and business summit within 100 days.
More importantly the complains of bad road will also see a change as the Cabinet has decided to repair and renovate the roads and filling of potholes in the State capital, the commercial hub, Dimapur and the district headquarters within 60 days.
A comprehensive master plan for maintenance of all major roads will also be put in place where citizens can monitor and give feedback on progress of works, the cabinet decided while also asserting that quality control using information technology and web based mapping software will he implemented within 100 days.
On connectivity and civil aviation, the Cabinet decided to formulate a new Civil Aviation Policy to provide air connectivity to remote locations including air ambulance within six months. For this, a committee will be set up to submit its report within two months, approved the new Cabinet.
Meanwhile, the PDA Government has appealed to all sections of the people to leave behind the bitterness of the elections and come together under a spirit of unity and oneness in the greater interest of the people of Nagaland and in the interest of lasting peace.