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Proceedings of Nagaland Legislative Assembly session
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Jul. 2009 1:30 AM IST
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Budget session is always a serious session but often filled with confrontation between the treasury and the opposition and frequent laughter. The seven-day budget session which concluded here Monday also witnessed several lighter moments and interesting comments and suggestions some of which are as follows: *Call it a good suggestion to check government official, Opposition MLA Chuba Chang Monday suggested calling government officials only on their land line telephone number in their offices and not over mobile phone in order to check whether they were at their place of posting and attending their offices. “Let’s tell the officers that we will talk on their landline phone number,” he said. *Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had the loudest voice during the budget session. Why? Because whenever anything is passed in the house, Rio’s ‘AYE’ is the only voice which was heard clearly. *During the budget discussion, Congress MLA, Tokheho on point of order pointed out to the Speaker saying that chief secretary should not be allowed to sleep during such important session. Chief Secretary Lalthara was often seen dozing off at the officers’ gallery, perhaps due to the fatigue from the strenuous work in the preparation of the budget session which often resulted in the bureaucrats without proper sleep. *Titans clash: Call it an eye for an eye; home minister Imkong L. Imchen had a clash with former chief minister, K.L Chishi from the opposition bench while forest minister, M.C Konyak clashed with his predecessor, former forest minister, Kheto during the budget session. Both Imkong and M.C Konyak faced constant assault and scathing attack from the opposition bench. After frequent attacks from K.L Chishi, home minister Imkong L. Imchen once stood up along with chief minister to reply despite opposition rejection and refused to sit down for sometime. K.L Chishi who moved a cut motion against the home department insisted that home minister reply to his queries in Nagamese as he made the queries in Nagamese and also refused to withdraw the cut motion terming it as “unsatisfactory reply.” Forest minister, M.C Konyak after repeated attacks for consecutive days over the issue of Hotahoti and Wangla purchased forest by former forest minister Kheto appeared emotionally charged and almost trembled while replying. Adding more salt to the injury, the opposition member refused to withdraw the motion which went for voting but was defeated. *Tongue slip or arrogance Power minister, Doshehe once told the Speaker to shut up while arguing with the opposition bench. Shocked by what the minister told him, the Speaker retorted back “how can I shut up” and demanded that the same be withdrawn. Doshehe however denied that those words were not for the Speaker but for the opposition members who were interrupting him. Chief ministerm, Neiphiu Rio also jumped in to the rescue of the Power minister saying that Doshehe was asking the opposition to shut up and not the Speaker. Perhaps for the first time in the state, press accreditation issue landed in the assembly hall when an opposition member brought the issue during the cut motions on the last day of the budget session today. Basing on the media report that appeared in a section of the local media, opposition member and former opposition leader I. Imkong today pointed out the various anomalies and loopholes in the press accreditation in the state. He pointed out that the present list of 33 accredited journalists in the state included a state president of a political party, some government servants and also journalists who were no more active in the field of journalism while many deserving working journalists were being deprived. He also pointed out the very grave error committed in the IP&R annual administrative report which had stated that all the accredited journalist were being provided with financial assistance (ranging from Rs.1000 to Rs. 3000 per month) by the government, whereas in reality only 9 out of the total 33 were enjoying the same benefits. Moreover, he pointed out that among the accredited journalists included proprietor and publishers of the news paper who are in reality businessmen and cannot be clubbed with the working journalist. Further, he pointed out that the failure of the accreditation committee headed by state chief secretary to meet from time to time (at least twice in a year) as per the laid down rules and asked the state chief secretary to take the initiative and make sure that the welfare of the media fraternity in the state was taken care of.

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