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Correspondent KOHIMA, Mar 27 (NPN)
Published on 28 Mar. 2010 1:20 AM IST
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The opposition Congress party has said that the names of government officials and advisers should not figure in the journalist accredited to the state government under Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR). In his supplementary senior Congress MLA I. Imkong requested the department not to give any assistance to the government officials and advisers who figured the accredited list.
Parliamentary secretary information and public relations R. Tohanba said that the department was not aware of any name of government employees in the list. He also furnished the name the list of 24 journalists, who were accredited to the government of Nagaland as on March 1, 2010. Out of these except for one correspondent for AIR & DDK, the rest 23 were enjoying monetary benefits in the form of Operational Subsidy Provided by the state government. Senior Congress leader I. Imkong also suggested increasing the list of journalists accredited by the department concerned. Parliamentary secretary information and public relations also disclosed that from 2011 onwards, the official contacts of Superintendent Police would be included in the Nagaland diaries.
home: Minister for Home Imkong L. Imchen said that there was such “Security Instruction school” existent at New Rusoma Village. He, however, explained that during October to November 2009, about 25 youth had been camping at the village community hall for attending a pre-service treatment for enabling them to get job. The organizers of the training submitted an application to Deputy Commissioner, Kohima for opening of a regular instruction school but the application was not considered, he said. There is no training or school at present in the village, he confirmed while replying to a starred question of Congress MLA I. Imkong.
The Home minister also stated that the police department has constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe into the case of Dimapur bomb blast on October 2, 2004. He said the final report was submitted to the court and pending for final decision.
Further, replying to a starred question raised by MLA Tokheho who is also the leader of opposition, home minister, Imkong L. Imchen informed that 7 (seven) IR Battalions including one IR Mahila Battalion have been sanctioned since 1999. He also replied that the strength of each IR Battalion was 1039 inclusive of all ranks. With regard to arms and ammunitions the home minister said that arms including SLR, 9mm carbine, 7.62 LMG, 9 mm pistol, AK-47 Rifle and 5.56 Insas Rifle were issued to each IR Battalion. He also informed that there were shortages in some of the units, as the department was yet to receive some allocations from MHA.
FINANCE: State chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who also holds the finance portfolio informed that Rs.60. 25 lakhs was sanctioned for publicity for various major government programs and events during the current financial year. He was replying to a starred question raised by I. Imkong, Congress, MLA.

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