The 11th winter session of Nagaland Legislative assembly commenced on Friday. The one day session was marked by obituary references, question hour, reports of the assent of Governor of Nagaland to various Bills, laying of Nagaland Services (Revision of Pay) Rules 2010 and introduction of Nagaland Special Economic Zone Bill, 2009.
Secretary of NLA reported the assent of state Governor to the Bills including Nagaland Retirement from Public Employment (Second Amendment) Bill 2009, The Nagaland Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill 2009, The Nagaland Government Servants (transfer and posting) Bill 2009, besides others.
The House unanimously adopted the Resolution for Ratification of the Constitution (One Hundred and Ninth Amendment) Bill 2009 as passed by both Houses of Parliament. This Bill seeks to continue the reservation for the scheduled castes and the scheduled tribes and the representation of Anglo Indian community by nomination for a further period of ten years. It may be mentioned that the provisions of the Constitution (Article 334) relating to the reservation of seats for SCs and STs and representation of the Anglo Indian community would cease to have effect on the January 25 next year, if not extended further.
In another significant business, the House unanimously adopted the resolutions on Naga Political issue which stated, among others, to constitute a joint parliamentary committee on Naga political issue, comprising of members irrespective of political party. In other business of the House, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts (2009-2010) tabled the Report of the Committee, while Nuklutoshi, Chairman of the Committee on Public Undertakings tabled the Report of the Committee.
Disbursement of Old Age Pension
Old Age Pension will be disbursed to beneficiaries district wise 2009-10 after the Planning and Coordination department gives sectoral sub-allocation Under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) which covers two components namely IGNOAPS under Social Welfare department and Annapurna under Food and Civil Supplies department. This information was given to the state assembly by parliamentary secretary for Social Welfare Chotisuh Sazo.
He also said during 2009-10 a sum of Rs.257 lakh was released by government of India under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP), adding the fund was released for the period from April 1 to June 30.
Replying to starred question of Congress MLA Joshua, Sazo said the department during 2008-09 received Rs.4476.23 lakh and during 2009-10 received Rs. 2372.62 lakh under Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS).
The funds were released under the following schemes – ICDS – Rs.2527.40 lakh for 2008-09 and Rs.742.36 lakh for 2009-10, Supplementary Nutrition – Rs.1303.31lakh for 2008-09 and Rs.1373.26 lakh for 2009-10, Juvenile Maladjustment – Rs 6.21 lakh for 2008-09 and Nil for 2009-10 and NSAP(IGNOAPS) – Rs.639.31 lakh for 2008-09 and Rs.257.00 lakh for 2009-10. In his supplementary Joshua asked why funding pattern was very fluctuating and what was the reason in fluctuation, to which the parliamentary secretary replied that it was due to change in funding pattern by the union ministry , Government of India.
Diagnostic center at Tuensang Civil hospital
Minister for Health and Family welfare Kuzholuzo Nienu today said state government sanctioned Diagnostic center at Tuensang Civil hospital under the11th Finance Commission award.
Replying to starred question raised by Congress MLA P Chuba Chang, the minister said the department purchased ten equipments at cost of Rs.253 lakhs and installed on November 6, 2004. The minister said no Medical Officers(MOs) were posted to man the Centre because of no separate post were created for RDC Tuensang ,adding RDC Tuensang was not functional because it was yet to be commissioned.
In his supplementary P Chuba Chang said RDC was not functioning and the material equipments were rusting and was lost for the people of Tuensang.
He also demanded an assurance from the department when it would be commissioned.
Relying to his supplementary, the minister said there was no sanctioned post and power shortage at RDC Tuensang. However, assured that government was on job for post creation and also in process of installing additional transformer.
The minister also said that additional funds were sought and awaiting sanctioned and informed that next year the RDC should be functional. Meanwhile Congress MLA I. Imkong suggested to the government that while installing modern machines qualified technicians should man the equipments.
Commercial projects in Nagaland
State chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that the CONA International of South Korea has approached the Government of Nagaland for undertaking various commercial projects in Nagaland and the following MoA (Memorandum of Agreement) have been entered with the company. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the department of employment and training and CONA International Ltd South Korea on 18/6/2009 for sending 150 manual workers to UAE (United Arab Emirates) for working a construction company and a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the NIDC and CONA International Ltd South Korea to make available the industrial infrastructure available at the SEZ(Special Economic Zone ) at Ganeshnagar for promoting Agro based industries . This agreement has been made within the framework of SEZ ACT 2005, this information were given by the chief minister, while replying to starred question by I. Imkong, Congress MLA.
The chief minister also said that the government does not involve in religious /social relationships and no MoA or MoU have been entered for such purposes.