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Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Jul. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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Nagaland government had spent Rs.490.32 lakh on Hornbill Festival, since the year of its inception, i.e. from the year 2000 to 2009.
In his written reply to an unstarred question by Congress MLA Joshua Sumi, the parliamentary secretary for tourism Yitachu presented the detailed figures of expenditure from 2000 to 2009-- in 2000 – Rs.36 lakh, in 2001- Rs 20.00 lakh, in 2002 – Rs 20.00 lakh, in 2003- Rs.20 lakh, in 2004- Rs 12 lakh, in 2005- Rs 25.00 lakh, in 2006- Rs 30.00 lakh, in 2007- Rs 57 lakh, in 2008- Rs 130 lakh and in 2009- Rs 140.32 lakh.
Further, he said that tourism department was the only department incurring expenditure in the Hornbill festival.
Meanwhile, chief minister Neiphiu Rio, in a written reply to Congress MLA Tokheho, said the state government had taken a loan of Rs.1509.28 crore from various institutions during the period of 1980- 2010.
Rio, in a written reply to Congress MLA Nungsangyapang, said there was no proposal to set up NPSC exam center at Mokokchung.
School Education: Minister for school education Nyeiwang Konyak, in his written reply to Congress MLA H. Chuba Chang, said a total of 1471 primary schools were covered under the ‘one room school building extension’ under SSA till date.
He also said that 192 schools were covered in Tuensang district with 159 primary schools and 33 middle schools.
Planning: Replying to a starred question raised by MLA Chingwang Konyak with regard to submission of NLCPR, minister for planning, T.R Zeliang informed the house that priority list of projects under NLCPR for the year 2010-11 was submitted to the Ministry of DoNER on May 25, 2010.
To a supplementary query, the minister made known to the house about a letter written by the DoNER Ministry, stating that no separate fund would be allocated for the 2nd Development Seminar of Tuensang and Mon district.
Congress MLA Tokheho suggested that to have a balanced development, priority should be need based while selecting the project.
DUDA: Chief minister and minister in-charge DUDA Neiphiu Rio, while replying to Congress MLA Chingwang Konyak, said a total of Rs 130 lakh budget provision was kept during 2009-2010 for purchase of CGI sheets under General/ Department schemes under Common Pool.
He said that CGI sheets were under distribution and the names of persons/ villages to whom the CGI sheets were distributed would be furnished in during the next session.
Road and Bridges: Replying to a starred question posed by MLA, I. Imkong with regard to Doyang-Merapani road, minister for roads and bridges G. Kaito Aye informed that road involving an amount of Rs. 26.66 crore and covering an area 36.00 kms was likely to be completed by December 2010.
MLA I. Imkong reminded the department, that the quality of workmanship should be maintained and that the officers should be cautioned to take care of the quality of road.
Minister Kaito replied that any lapses in the quality of workmanship would be taken care of.
With regard to cost of Wokha-Doyang road carpeting, the minister said the road which was completed in December 2009 covering 24 kms involved an expenditure of Rs. 79.92 lakhs.
Mon hospital functioning viewed seriously: Azo
Replying to a spate of questions in the assembly on Friday on the functioning of the Mon District Hospital, minister for health and family welfare, Kuzholuzo Nienu said he was aware of the human problems and that the matter would be viewed “very seriously.”
Congress MLA Langpha Konyak during his supplementary cited an accident case on May 21 where the injured were brought to the hospital. Langpha said he was present in the hospital that night and was a witness to the injured being given injection with the help of torch light as there was no light. He said medicines were also not available. He also brought to light the reported absence of doctors in the hospital on May 22 and the pathetic condition of surroundings of the hospital.
Langpha said hospitals should not be treated party wise hospital, as all sick would come there be it NPF or Congress and others. Congress MLA Chingwang Konyak wanted to know the facilities provided to take care of the hospital.
Former chief minister and Congress MLA K. L. Chishi said sufficient money was pumped in for the improvement of the Mon District Hospital but wondered whether it was “paper performance” or that the money would go into utilization or mis-utilization of funds meant for the purpose.
In his reply, the health minister said that the strength of doctors in the hospital was 11 and that one post was lying vacant. Azo admitted that the medical superintendent was not sincere in his duty and the case was being viewed with “seriousness.” Out of the 10 doctors, six of them were found absent on that day, the minister said adding that the matter was being looked into and would be reviewed seriously.
Earlier, his written reply the health minister said the department felt that there was no negligence of Mon District Hospital disclosing that Rs. 2, 44, 36,000 was sanctioned during 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 for civil work.
He informed the House about the signing of an MoU on July 21 between the state Nagaland and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/ ‘Doctors Without Borders’ where the MSF has been entrusted to take over Mon District Civil Hospital. Azo said the MSF, an international organisation based on health care would be providing all the services free of cost. He was optimistic that in the next 3-4 years, Mon District Hospital would be one of the best hospitals in the state.
State received Rs. 23368.76 lakh under RGGVY programme
An amount of Rs. 23368.76 lakh was sanctioned to Nagaland by union ministry of power under RGGVY programme, state minister for power Doshehe Sema told the house today.
In a written reply to MLA, Joshua Sema, the power minister also gave the figures of allocated to each districts- Dimapur – Rs.3475.69 lakh, Peren- Rs.1649.25 lakh, Tuensang – Rs.2458.78 lakh, Kiphire- Rs.1984.14 lakh, Mokokchung –Rs.1531.33 lakh, Wokha- Rs.2761.32 lakh, Kohima- Rs.2052.06 lakh, Mon- Rs.2852.63 lakh, Longleng-Rs 775.22 lakh, Phek – Rs.1333.81 lakh and Zunhbeoto –Rs.2494.53 lakh.
The minister said that nature of works undertaken included construction of sub-transmission line, distribution line and associated sub-stations and providing free electricity connection to BPL household.
On the steps taken by the department to address the constant power failure in Nagaland, the minister said Nagaland was mostly dependent on power allocation from Central Sector generating stations operating in the North Eastern Region (NER) and said availability of power has always been critical as allocation is less then the demand.
State minister for power Doshehe Y. Sema said that an average power during monsoon is 16 MW and during lean season is 8 MW.
The minister said that the project was grid connected, hence, the power from the project was supplied to the state as a whole.
He also informed that maximum expected power during monsoon is 24 MW and lean season is 8 MW.
He also informed that as a short term step the state government is seeking for additional allocation from Mega Thermal Projects from Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) through GoI and as a long term plan, for setting up own major generation plant both for Hydro and Thermal. He said that the state government has initiated for development of Tizu and Dikhu mega hydro project and has also taken up for allocation of coal blocks from the GoI for setting up thermal plants under joint venture.
Promotion considered on seniority basis: Imchen
State home minister Imkong L Imchen Friday said that the post of havildars and armed branch of DEF & NAP and head constables in DEF were filled up on promotion basis only. He was replying to a starred question raised by MLA, T. Sentichuba with regard to the promotion of Havildars and ASI/SI.
He also informed that in IR battalions, 50% of the post of havildars were filled up by direct recruitment and 50% by promotion, and similarly the post of ASI and SI are filled up on 50/50 basis.
The home minister said havildars of Armed Branch are promoted to ABSI whereas THC/HC in Un-armed Branch are promoted to ASI’s while ASIs are promoted to UBSI as per vacancy and seniority after clearing the central promotion test (CPT).
Further, he informed that there was no direct recruitment to Inspectors and therefore senior SI’s are promoted to Inspectors as per vacancy, seniority and after clearing CPT.
With regard to the promotion of Havildars in the IRB who were appointed through open competition examination in 1999, Imchen informed that their promotion could not be considered since promotions were considered on seniority basis and that there were still some batches senior to them.
Copies laid in the house
Seventh Session of the Eleventh Assembly on Friday included laying a copy each of the 39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd, 43rd and 44th Annual Report of the Nagaland Public Service Commission by the Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio. Other highlights of the business session included passing of supplementary demands for grants for regularisation of Excess Expenditure for the year 2004-05. The House also passed the Nagaland Appropriation (No 4) Bill 2010.
Before adjourning the session of the day, the Speaker requested all the members of the House to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay would start from July 24.
Assembly fire issue
During zero hour, former chief minister and Congress MLA K. L. Chishi raised the issue of the recent fire incident at the state Assembly complex and the total power black out in Dimapur and Kohima on Thursday night which was restored on Friday at around 8 a.m. Chishi raised the issue as soon as the House reassembled after 25 minutes break. Intervening in the matter, minister for urban development, Dr. Shurhozelie appreciated the member’s concern and in taking advantage of zero hour, but said there was no provision. NLA Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie then told Chishi to come to his office chamber where the matter would be explained.

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