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DAN cabinet to meet central leaders in Delhi
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 11(NPN):
Published on 12 Aug. 2009 1:00 AM IST
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The entire state cabinet would be leaving for Delhi soon after the Independence Day to meet the prime minister and other central leaders over various issues confronting the state including the vexed Naga political issue. Chief minister Neiphiu Rio revealed this on Tuesday while speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the inauguration of the newly constructed multipurpose Hall (B), an annexure of the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima. The cabinet would meet prime minister Manmohan Singh, union home minister, P. Chidambaram and other central leaders to apprise them of various problems and issues confronting the state. Among the issues to be apprised included Naga political issue, railway, airport, education and also the issue of the fast spreading Swine Flu disease and drought like situation in the state. The chief minister pointed out that the country had announced Rs.25,000 crore stimulus package against the backdrop of the world economic recession but that not a single paisa from the package was directed towards the state. Rio further revealed that he would be attending the Internal Security Meeting convened by the prime minister on August 17 where all the state chief ministers of the Indian union have been invited. Though, the state cabinet delegation was yet to confirm the appointment with the prime minister, it has received confirmation of appointment with the union home minister for August 18 next. Reacting to a query on the status and assessment of the state in view of the late monsoon and shortfall rain, Rio pointed out that the state government had already declared the state as “drought like situation.” The state government had earlier entrusted the APC to carry out an assessment to determine the impact of the shortfall of rain on the farmers of the state with the deadline August 6. The assessment found out that the state received a shortfall of rain of about 35%-40% besides the rain coming late. Rio said the shortfall of rain was definitely going to affect the farmers and the productivity this year. When asked to comment on the union minister of state for planning and parliamentary affairs, Narayanasami’s statement over Congress party setting up cells to monitor the implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes and also the allegations of rampant corruption and misuse of fund by the DAN government, Rio said he welcomed the initiative but added that the allegations have to be pointed out. “There may be slackness somewhere which they should point out so that the government can improve or rectify wherever necessary but they cannot bluntly allege or blame the government,” the chief minister said. State not prepared to tackle swine flu Rio admitted that despite necessary measures being taken, the state as of now was not prepared to tackle the fast spreading Swine Flu disease. “We are actually not prepared to tackle the disease if in case it spread to the state,” he said. He agreed to the possibilities of the disease spreading to large sections of the country population in view of the poor and haphazard health care system prevailing in the country. He however expressed believe that the people of the state have higher immune system and hoped that the impact of the disease would be different here. On the other hand, he revealed that the state cabinet was scheduled to meet tomorrow and that the issue of Swine Flu was one of the agendas which the cabinet would discuss in threadbare by inviting expert doctors.

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