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Discussion hour in Assembly
Correspondent Kohima, Mar 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Mar. 2009 1:15 AM IST
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As Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie set the ball rolling for discussions or clarifications on any of the demand head, the opposition bench raised several issues on different departments and heads. Leading the opposition, former chief minister K.L.Chishi and other opposition members - Kheto, Tokheho, Sentichuba, I.Imkong, opposition leader Chingwang Konyak – raised several issues during the discussions. Chishi pointed out the problems faced by former governors, chief ministers,ministers and legislators with regard to accommodation in various state guest houses and demanded that a proper protocol should be worked out and make the same public. He also pointed out that despite the government having its own printing wing- Directorate of Printing and Stationary, various government publications were published in the market. He suggested that all government publication be done at the Government press or routed through it to the market during heavy work load. He also painted a grim picture on the condition and plight of the state Home Guard and demanded that the department and the state government must do something to improve the conditions and facilities provided to the Home guard personnel. Citing his example, Chishi pointed out that nine Home guard personnel with a single 303 service rifle were deployed at his residence for house guard. “I am spending and taking care of those nine personnel for just a single rifle.” On the frequent fire incidences taking place in the state, Chishi pointed out that the state fire service lacked adequate manpower and machineries in dealing with the situation and said the department needed to modernize its manpower training and equipment. The highlight of the day was the discussion on the Power department with the minister having to face the salvos fired by the opposition particularly with regard to the frequent load shedding and the murky deal in acquiring sanctioned from NABARD for the proposed Doyang stage-III, IV, V & VI Hydro power project. The opposition onslaught forced Power minister Doshihe Y Sema to make an exhaustive explanation on the position of the department. Other departments that came under scanner during the discussion included Forest , Environment and Wildlife department over the issue of Global climatic change; DUDA on funds for exposure trip and Urban development on Urban Housing for the poor project in Dimapur. State Chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that the Opposition Congress have equal right to get Chief Minister’s Corpus Fund (CMCF). He said the genuine cases can apply it and disclosed that there four components of CMCF- allocations at district level, common pool at state level, purchase of tractors and power tillers and for employment generation under capacity building. Mr. Rio replied came after the Congress MLAs KL Chishi and Kheto raised supplementary. Mr. Chishi said that in some cases the party nominees were dictating the district planning board machineries, while Kheto said some of the selected beneficiaries for the year 2007-2008 did not receive the money and regretted some who did not apply received the money. He also demanded that the minister to lay the original list of 2007-2008 in the next sitting. Earlier replying to Congress MLA Kheto, minister for planning TR Zelaing said that the Chief Minister’s Corpus Fund for 2007-2008 was already released. TR Zeliang also informed that the selection is done through the District Planning Board and disclosed in the state assembly that Rs.3 crores each were set-aside for each districts of state and pointing out that CMCF was to facilitate generate employment opportunities for the educated unemployed youth of the state in various fields.

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