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Rio presents budget, Rs.2067.26 Cr for 1st Qtr; Projected deficit Rs.597.91 Cr
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 25(NPN)
Published on 26 Mar. 2010 12:40 AM IST
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Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio who also holds the finance portfolio today presented a budget of Rs. 2067.26 crore on Vote on Account to defray the expenses for the first four month period starting from 1st April to 31st July for the financial year 2010-11.
Presenting the budget during the ongoing sixth session of the eleventh Nagaland Legislative Assembly today, Rio also revealed that the financial year 2010-11 will start with a negative balance (deficit) of Rs. 597.70 crore and projected to end with a deficit of Rs. 597.91 crore.
He also stated that the State Plan Outlay has been assumed at the current year’s level of Rs. 1500 Crore and the scheme of financing of the same has been assumed suitably. However it will undergo change based on the State Plan Outlay to be finalized subsequently.
Expenditure provisions under CSS, NLCPR, NEC etc and the receipts to finance the same have also been reflected at the current year’s level. He also projected the receipts under the consolidated Fund at Rs. 6137.69 crore and disbursements from the consolidated fund at Rs. 6155.40 crore.
He also stated that full budget could not be presented as the Planning Commission of India is yet to finalize the State’s Annual Plan for 2010-11 as the recommendations of the Thirteenth Finance Commission regarding transfer of Non-Plan Funds to the state is yet to receive the assent of the President of India. “It was found undesirable to present a full Budget on the basis of estimations only for which the government had decided to present full budget in the month of July.
In his speech, Rio also highlighted various achievements and initiatives made by the DAN government during the current financial year 2009-2010. The DAN government had put sincere effort to open the channels of interface and communication among various Government agencies and the people of the districts through State Road Shows coinciding with the festivals of the districts with an aim to bridge the communication gap and bring governance to the doorstep of the people.
Road shows also offered opportunities to the people to showcase their cultures and traditions and in the process, popularize, preserve and propagate them. He also claimed that the response has been overwhelming and has caught the attention of other states too. “We hope that it will facilitate a seamless interface between the people and the Government, and ultimately, generate more awareness and transparency,” he added.
Rio also said that the government decided to declare the year 2010-11 as the Year of Entrepreneurs with the intend to build up entrepreneurs who would spear-head the economic development and transformation of the state from being a consumer to a self sufficient and exporting state.
He pointed out to the study report of the Directorate of Evaluation which reveals that in the district of Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung alone, the amount earned by non-local individuals in small trades during the year 2006 came to about Rs. 450 crore. “These can only mean that huge opportunities for employment lie at our doorsteps”, Rio said and expressed hope that Entrepreneurs will open new doors to the youngsters and offer them more opportunities to make a respectable living through their own efforts, hard work and enterprise.
The chief minister also assured that his government is committed to address the climate change issue which will commence with policies to preserve the environment while enabling grassroot level institutions and communities to facilitate ‘green governance’.
While saying that the state face numerous climatic change challenges that requires to be addressed through appropriate decision-making and government regulations that integrate land use planning to economic development, public health, transportation and better education system that encourages and strengthens community partnership in developmental decisions.
Further, he stated that the DAN government is committed to playing key role in encouraging and promoting ‘green buildings’, energy efficiency and development of renewable energy to higher levels, and to ultimately lead the state towards energy sufficiency.
On the occasion, he also appealed the members of the house irrespective of their party affiliation to build overwhelming response to ‘Earth Hour 2010’ being observed globally on 27th March next from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm to join the rest of the global community against climate change and lead the way towards a sustainable future.
Rio on new RoP
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio Thursday said that state government had issued notification to implement new RoP w.e.f April 1, 2010 but did not make any commitment when RoP would be implemented.
Replying to a starred question in the sixth session of the 11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Rio said officers belonging to state government service are guided by respective Service Rules under state government and that their entitlement of pay and allowances were determined under State RoP Rules to be framed by the State Government, a DIPR report quoted him as saying.
Further, he said the reason for not giving the benefit of 6th RoP to state government employees w.e.f. January 1, 2006 was non-availability of additional resources required.
Rio also said despite the pleas of the state for an outright grant from the Centre to implement RoP from an earlier date no financial assistance was forthcoming and even the union finance minister categorically ruling out any Central assistance. He said decision to implement Pay Revision entirely fell within the purview of state government and to be supported from its own resources.
Retirement Bill 2009
Replying to whether the government had issued order to initiate action on Retirement (Second Amendment Act 2009) despite Supreme Court’s directive, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio to the house that the state government received instruction from the Supreme Court on November 6, 2009 that “any appointment made in the meantime shall abide by the result of this Special Leave Petition”.
Rio said that direction of the Supreme Court not to initiate action after the implementation of the Nagaland Retirement (Second Amendment Act 2009) therefore, did not arise.
Rio said the state government had directed all departments to immediately set up Recruitment Boards for those posts within their prescribed powers and also initiate the process of recruitment in respect of other categories of employees through the NPSC through open advertisements as per the prescribed service and other relevant recruitment rules.

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