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Reports of winter assembly session
Published on 10 Dec. 2010 12:33 AM IST
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Neiphiu Rio on NMDFC and professional tax
Replying to a starred question raised by MLA Joshua during the Assembly in regard to funds received from the National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC), chief minister, Neiphiu Rio said that government received financial assistance from the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation for various minority related schemes and activities. The main criteria for selection of beneficiaries were that applicant should be from a minority community (Christians, Muslim, Sikhs, Parsees, Buddhists) and total annual income should be less than `40,000 in rural areas and `55,000 in urban areas, he stated. He further informed that the programme extends to all the district of the state.
Rio while replying to starred question on total collection of professional Tax from Government Servants raised by MLA T. Sentichuba, said that the total amount of tax collected in 2008-09 was `17,82,10,294 and `20,62,15,273 in 2009-10.
Rio also stated that several requests were made by the state government to the Government of India for revision of rates without success due to the ceiling on professional tax which is fixed at `2500 by Article 276 (2) of the Indian Constitution and changing this will require a constitutional amendment.
Meanwhile, Rio said the department of food and civil supplies requested government of India to allocate atleast 50,000 MT of coal during September 2005 and again for enhancement from 50,000 MT Y to 75,000 MT. However he clarified that the department did not seek any addition of coal. In his written reply to Congress MLA Joshua, the chief minister said that “No additional allocation was received”.
Kaito on NH-61, foothill road construction
Congress MLA Joshua said the road from NH-61 to Pughoboto sub-division was in bad condition.
In his supplementary on the question raised on the road maintenance from Khasenyu to Pughoboto from 2005-06 to 2010-2011, Congress MLA demanded that the road has which has a stretch of 12 kms needed immediate improvement from the concerned department.
In his reply minister for roads and bridges, G. Kaito said he had personally visited the road and admitted that the road was not very good. But assured to take care and informed that it was also included in the 12th Five Year plan. In his written reply to the starred question, he said that a total of `19.29 lakhs was already allocated from 2006-07 to 2009-10.
Meanwhile, Aye in reply to starred question raised by MLA Sentichuba, on whether the construction of foothill road has been abandoned or discontinued, said it was not abandoned or discontinued. He said one sector from Longtho to Governor’s Camp has been taken up under NLCPR and work is in progress, and further stated that the state government is pursuing NEC to take it up in the 12th Five Year Plan.
Imchen on arms and ammunition
Home minister Imkong L. Imchen confirmed that 100 numbers of 12 bore pump guns were purchased from Ordinance Factory Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh during 2005-06 by the Nagaland Police. While replying to a starred question raised by MLA Tokheho Yepthomi in assembly on the need for purchase of such guns, Imchen said the gun was purchased for use as anti-riot gun since rubber ball non-lethal ammunition can be fired from the 12 bore pump gun, an official bulletin stated.
He also informed that all the 12 bore guns are kept at the police central store and disclosed that the guns have not been distributed to units, due to non-availability of 12 bore cartridges. The requirements of ammunition have been submitted to the central Ministry of Home Affairs, and the department is waiting for allotment, stated the starred reply. He further informed the house that the guns would be issued to the district police, once the ammunition was allotted and purchased. ‘State Government does not have the authority to go by itself, as the 12 bore pump gun is an allotment made by the Ministry’, he added.
List of business at 8th session of the 11th NLA
List of business held at the 8th Session of the 11th NLA included laying a copy of Nagaland Services (Revision of Pay) Rules 2010 by the chief minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio and a copy of the Nagaland Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances (Amendment) Rules 2009 laid by Minister of Forest and Excise, M.C. Konyak.
Assembly Committee reports was presented by Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, while Chairman of the Estimates Committee, Vikho-o Yhoshu laid on the table a copy of the Ninety-sixth Report on Action on the Observations/Recommendations contained in the 85th Report of the Committee on the Estimates on School Education Department (Appointment of Teachers and Mid-day Meal Scheme).
NLA speaker grateful
The Speaker expressed gratitude to all the members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly for giving constructive suggestions, with a view to uplift the welfare of the people of the state. He also thanked the members for maintaining the decorum of the House. Further, the speaker also thanked the administrative heads of departments and heads of departments, the media fraternity for their active support and cooperation.
Meanwhile others list of business included Assent to bills, where the Secretary, Nagaland Legislative Assembly reported the assent of His Excellency the Governor of Nagaland to the following bills: The Nagaland Appropriation (No. 4) Bill, 2010; The Nagaland Appropriation (No. 5) Bill, 2010; and the Nagaland salaries, allowances and other facilities of the chief minister, other ministers, speakers, leaders of opposition, deputy speaker, parliamentary secretaries and other members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly and Pension for Ex-Members. (First Amendment Bill, 2010)

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