The 7th budget session of the 11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly would begin on Tuesday. State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio who is also holding the portfolio of Finance was likely to present the budget on July 22.
The eight-day session would begin with an obituary references and question hours on the first day and after a day’s recess, the house would resume on Thursday. As normal, other businesses to be taken up during the eight-day session would include tabling of papers and reports, government bills, presentation of Assembly Committee Reports, resolutions and presentation of supplementary demand for Grant for the regularisation of excess expenditures for the year 2004-2005 apart from presentation of budget for the year 2010-2011.
It may be mentioned that on March 27, the state assembly passed the “vote on account” amounting to Rs.2067.26 crore for the first four month period starting from April 1 to July 31 of the financial year 2010-11 by voice vote.
On March 25, state chief minister Neiphu Rio revealed that the financial year 2010-11 would start with a negative balance (deficit) of Rs.597.70 crore and projected to end with a deficit of Rs.597.91 crore.
With the opposition which had been strongly opposing the soaring accumulation of state deficit and disputing the figure of the actual deficit projected, the budget session is expected to be stormy though, when it comes to voting.
As the budget session draws near, the Congress Legislators Party (CLP) met on Saturday last while the state cabinet, ruling DAN legislators and the NPF legislators had separate meetings as a preparatory for the budget session today.
In the last session, the ruling DAN government had drawn flaks from the opposition bench for what it alleged as poor homework done by the ministers and parliamentary secretary who had failed to satisfactorily answer to the various questions put up by the opposition. The opposition bench also asked the leader of the house to properly advise his ministers and parliamentary secretary to do their home work properly and come prepared to the session.