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Opp raps govt deptts for giving inaccurate info
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 20(NPN):
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Published on 21 Jul. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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Opposition today rapped certain state departments for what it alleged as deliberately attempting to avoid in providing accurate information in answering to questions raised in the floor of the house.
“Few departments are deliberately avoiding to give correct information,” opposition leader Tokheho Yepthomi alleged while raising supplementary questions during question hour on the first day of the budget session Tuesday. “If department cannot give the right information during assembly session, which is the right platform,” Tokheho queried.
The opposition raked up the issue when it was not satisfied with the answer to starred question No.4 raised by opposition member Joshua Sumi on the total amount granted to the state government by the centre under horticulture technology mission during 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2009-10.
The questioner asked for total subsidy amount granted and the name and full addressed of the beneficiaries. He also asked whether the subsidy was diverted for other purpose.
State parliamentary secretary horticulture R. Khing, in his written reply, stated that an amount of Rs.2000 lakh was granted during 2006-07, Rs. 2500 lakh in 2007-08, Rs 2450 lakh in 2008-09, Rs.3950 lakh 2009-10 while the total subsidy amount of Rs.348 lakh was granted during 2006-07, Rs.472.50 lakh in 2007-08, Rs.346.38 lakhs in 2008-09 and Rs.383 lakh during 2009-10. He also furnished the list of the beneficiaries along with the name of their villages. However, the opposition was not satisfied as the name of the father or mother of the beneficiaries were not included.
Khing while reacting to supplementary question said that the amount being small and the beneficiaries normally don’t mention the name of their father or mother in their application, the department doesn’t maintain such record. Opposition member I. Imkong termed the reply as “not acceptable” and questioned as to how such a huge amount was given away to beneficiaries without even knowing the name of their father or mother.
Joining the chorus, opposition member Joshua asked as to how schemes be implemented without identifying the beneficiary identity.
State chief minister Neiphiu Rio intervened and said that in the first place the same question should not have been a starred question as the answer voluminous and reminded the Assembly Secretariat to be more careful in future. He also advised the Horticulture department to maintain record properly in future.
NH-39 four-lane stands
State minister for roads and bridges G.Kaito Ayeh Tuesday said that proposal for four laning of NH-39 between Dimapur and Kohima still stands, adding the work would start as soon as the project approved and fund sanctioned by the National highway authority. State roads and bridges minister was replying to a starred question raised by opposition member Y.Hewoto Awomi in the assembly today.
Further, stating that no amount has been received so far from the centre, the minister said land compensation was also not paid to land owners from Dimapur to Chumukedima.
To another starred question raised by opposition member Joshua Sumi, the minister said Rs.2402 lakh was the sanctioned cost for Kohima-Bokajan Road via Niuland under Inter State connectivity project. Informing that one firm m/s Hexad syndicate was awarded the contract and the work started, the minister, however, said the same was de-sanctioned by centre.
Prohibition issue
Nagaland minister for excise M. C. Konyak on Tuesday told the state legislative assembly that there was no proposal for lifting the ban on total prohibition as there was no consensus on the issue.
In his written reply to Congress MLA Y. Hewoto Awomi, the minister said prohibition cannot be lifted simply without proper consultation of all concerned.
In his supplementary Y. Hewoto Awomi pointed out that the NBCC had written a series of articles in local newspapers and wanted to know why the government was silent. He said liquor was flowing like water in the state and queried who was to be blamed - either the excise department, police or district administration.
Replying to the supplementary, Konyak said that the department had made its stand clear in local newspapers on July 20 issue. He also said that the department had an informal consultative meeting on July 2 and invited the NPCC president, NPF president and representatives from NGOs, but “no resolution was taken or adopted during the informal consultative meeting.”
Konyak said the department has set-up border check gates along the inter state boundaries of Nagaland - Assam and Nagaland - Manipur and and checking going on all the time.
He also admitted that there was shortage of man power and lack of equipments and that people were also not disciplined for which the department cannot be blamed.
Dzukou valley helipad
A helipad, measuring 75ft by 120 ft has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.15 lakh at the scenic Dzukou valley funded under Central Financial Assistance from Integrated Development of Tourist Destination Kisama –Mt Japfu Adventure Project sanction during 2008-09.
In a written reply to Congress MLA Joshua Sumi, parliamentary secretary tourism Yitachu said the helipad was constructed by cutting and leveling of rocky hillock by manual labour and CC pavement of the landing Pad. He said the work was allotted to a contractor K. Sahu Angami.
Replying to a supplementary raised by Congress MLA Joshua if the helipad was usable, Yitachu said that the Pawn Hans has successfully conducted trial landing in February 2010.
Yitachu said the helipad was constructed with a view to facilitating tourists who might like to visit Dzukou but cannot spare their time trekking for hours and also for exigencies such as emergency lifting of essential items and evacuation of sick or injured trekkers.
Revenue collected on vehicles
The department of transport and communication collected revenue Rs 36, 21, 75, 757 during 2008 to 2010 on both private and commercial vehicles.
In a written reply to Congress MLA Y Hewoto Awmoi, transport and communication parliamentary secretary P. Dako Phom said that the revenue collected during 2008-2009 was Rs.16, 53,76,707 and Rs.19,67,99,050 during 2009-2010.
The parliamentary secretary said that the fees for issue, renewal of certificates of registration and assignment of new registration mark – Invalid carriage – Rs 20, Motor Cycle- Rs.60, Light Motor cycle (i) non transport – Rs.200, (ii) light commercial vehicle- Rs.300, Medium goods vehicle – Rs.400, medium passenger motor vehicle – Rs. 400, heavy goods vehicle – Rs. 600, heavy passenger motor vehicle – Rs.600, imported motor vehicle –Rs.800, imported motorcycle –Rs.200 and any other vehicle not mentioned above –Rs.300.
Raising a supplementary Congress MLA I. Imkong asked whether the government registered vehicles were paying tax and also stated that a source of revenue could be generated by collecting taxes from the government registered vehicles
In his reply, Dako Phom said that the department was collecting taxes from government vehicles, though the Governor’s vehicles, ambulances and fire fighting vehicles were exempted from the purview of paying taxes.

 
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