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State Budget passed
Correspondent & DIPR Kohima, JUL 26 (NPN):
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Published on 27 Jul. 2010 1:11 AM IST
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The budget for the year 2010-2011 amounting to Rs.6491, 03, 80,000(rupees six thousand four hundred ninety one crore three lakh eighty thousand) was passed by voice vote on Monday by members present in the house. Replying to the debate on general discussion of the budget for the year 2010-2011 presented by him on the floor of the house on July 22 during the 7th session of the 11th Assembly, chief minister, Neiphiu Rio maintained that the budget was “balanced and a people’s budget,” targeting the downtrodden and the youth. On the issue of more fund allocation for agri and allied sectors raised by some opposition members, Rio said the government was aware of the need for more funds and that the matter would be looked into.
He said special attention was required to see that the declared policy of 2020 food sufficiency in the state was achieved. Appreciating the concerns of I. Imkong with regard to climate changes, Rio said that the government has been creating awareness in the form of observing Earth Hour every year and has also prepared comprehensive environment policy. He informed that the department of agriculture would be taking up campaign on climate change.
In the industrial sector, Rio said that unless peaceful atmosphere prevailed, outsiders would be reluctant to invest in the state.
On the issue of education, the leader of the house said that of 1156 cases detected by the SIT 137 were cleared. The department was presently ascertaining cases of 662 teachers, he said. After verifying the genuine teachers, Rio said the department has decided to exhibit their photographs and biography so that the public and students could ascertain who was serving in which school. All these exercises were taken to clear up the education department, in order to give opportunity to the children, Rio said while committing to take up the right to education seriously.
On hygiene and sanitation issue raised by MLA I. Imkong during the budget discussion, Rio appreciated the efforts of Kuda village where they collected Rs. 250/- per household per year for meeting the expenses in keeping their village clean. “If colonies individually can emulate Kuda village, our surroundings will be clean,” he said.
Touching on the issue of prohibition, where many members both from the treasury and opposition had aired their views, Rio said due to differences of opinions, a consensus could not be arrived. “Government can enact laws, government can prohibit sell of liquor but government cannot prohibit individuals from taking liquor,” Rio said and called for combined efforts to find a solution.
Welcoming and appreciating suggestions of Congress MLA, K. L. Chishi, for austerity measures, Rio informed the house that as part of austerity measures, his government has decided to put a ban on new post creation, upgradation, purchase of new vehicles, furnitures except in emergency cases. He asked all the departments to take note and extend cooperation.
Rio expressed gratitude to all members both from the ruling and opposition bench and said that their healthy criticisms and valuable suggestions would be taken note of. He said the comments would go a long way in helping the government to serve the people.
Rio appreciated all the 60 elected members for unanimously passing the resolution for the formation of Joint Legislature Forum (JLF) on November 26, 2009. He said the Joint Parliamentary Working Committee was formed on March 22, 2010.
Rio also welcomed the recent unification of the NSCN (K) and the NNC and appealed all sections of undergrounds to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and speak with one common Naga voice.
On the opposition members’ critical comments on Road Shows, the chief minister said that the initiative has been a tremendous success and the Road shows have synthesized the rich cultural heritage with development initiatives.
On the Tokheho’s figures citing that the state government has over Rs. 8000 crore outstanding loans from financial institutions, Rio corrected the figure to Rs.5239 crore.
On H. Chuba Chang’s figures that Rs 119.53 crore allocated to four districts Tuensang, Mon, Kiphire and Longleng, the chief minister said that Rs 146. 35 crore were allocated to four districts and clarified that 19 departments out of 63, were given plan allocation for salaries and office expenses. He cautioned the member not to mislead the house.
Further the chief minister reiterated that the DAN government was committed for the development of these areas and created the DUDA department.
On Tarie Zeliang’s complaint that certain money were deducted by VDBs in Peren district under NREGA for the Road Show, the chief minister clarified that no such decision has taken place in the Peren DPDB meeting or department concerned.

 
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