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Vote on account passed, House passes Rs 2067.26 Cr for next 4 months
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 27 (NPN)
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Published on 28 Mar. 2010 1:16 AM IST
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State assembly on Saturday passed the vote on account amounting to Rs.2067.26 crore for the first quarter of the financial year 2010-11.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio who is also holding the finance portfolio on Thursday presented the budget of Rs.2067.26 crore to defray the expenses for the first four month period starting from 1st April to 31st July of the financial year 2010-11. The vote on account budget was passed through voice vote without opposition from the opposition bench.
Just before the Vote on Account was put to vote by the Speaker, the opposition agreed that it would not discuss, oppose or seek clarification but put a condition that the ruling members should not exploit the opposition by deducting 25% of their LADP for the district common pool and misuse the amount.
The matter was raised by Congress MLA, K. L. Chishi while stating that the members of the house were happy when the LADP was raised to Rs 1 Crore from previous Rs.75 lakh. He, However, alleged that 25% of the LADP was deducted from the opposition members only in Dimapur district and that the DPDB Chairman of Dimapur District who is from the ruling NPF party had misused the same at the expense of the opposition MLAs and given to NPF party workers.
Other opposition members joined K. L. Chishi and demanded that the LADP fund should be left at the disposal of the members be it from the ruling or the opposition. Both chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and planning minister T. R. Zeliang intervened and explained but initially failed to convince the opposition members. Members of the opposition bench were convinced later when Rio clarified that the district common pool should be used only for common projects and that it should not be misused by anybody or used to provide fund to individuals.
DAN’s vision
Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio Saturday brushed aside the opposition congress charge and reiterated that the DAN government was very clear in its vision and approach to the Naga political issue.
“DAN government is not confused, we are clear in our vision and approach to the Naga political issue,” Rio said while delivering his concluding remarks after two days of intense debate to the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address moved by Neiba Kronu Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board. He also reiterated that the NPF-led DAN government would continue to protect the culture, traditions and identity of the Naga people.
Rio was replying point by point to the various charges and allegations of failures leveled against the ruling DAN government. He also appreciated the opposition for their various constructive criticisms, suggestions and views.
On the much talked about DAN government’s role as a facilitator in the ongoing Naga peace process, Rio asserted that the government was trying its level best to bring all sections and groups of the Nagas together. He said that the DAN Political Affairs Committee was therefore established through tireless efforts and the committee had not only met leaders of different groups but also convened the first ever Naga Consultative Meet which was attended by Overseas Nagas, all the underground groups, political parties except the Congress, civil societies, NGOs and tribal hohos.
He also appreciated the “good progress” made by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation resulting in the signing of the ‘covenant of reconciliation’ which had brought about the much desired prevailing peace. He attributed the achievement made so far to all sections of people who have supported and worked towards peace and unity among the Nagas.
Rio also appreciated the opposition bench for their positive gesture and concern towards this end and coming forward in the most positive manner in forming the joint parliamentary working group on the Naga political issue irrespective of party affiliation. He assured that the Committee would do anything including approaching the government of India for achieving an honorable solution that was acceptable to the people.
He termed the ongoing dialogue as “crucial” and that Nagas were at a “crossroad” as right or wrong decision would decide the fate and future of the Naga people.
Reiterating the DAN’s popular slogan - peace for development and development for peace, he said that DAN would continue to vigorously pursue to improve the welfare of the people socially and economically as it has been doing so for the past seven years.

 
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