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Rio for full budget

Neiphiu Rio launches Botsa-Bokajan road, also seen (L-R) Azheto Zhimomi, Y Patton, Kaito Aye and (R) Brig. Balraj Singh. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima/DIMAPUR, Feb 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Feb. 2011 1:06 AM IST
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Chief minister Neiphiu Rio disclosed that he would be presenting the government’s full budget at the Assembly Session scheduled to begin from March 22. He said this while talking to newsmen on the sidelines of the function at Botsa on Wednesday.
Rio who also holds the finance portfolio said he would go to Delhi next week to meet the Planning Commission to finalize the state plan outlay but added that the government would present a full budget irrespective of whether the state’s plan was finalized or not. Asked whether there was any plan for re-shuffling of the cabinet, Rio replied, “We don’t have such agenda.”
On the upcoming by-polls in 26th Aolengden A/C, Rio it was upto to the Election Commission of India to announce the date for polls. He said the NPF was ready for the polls but hoped for a consensus candidate.
Rio said that the NPF would not contest the upcoming Assam general elections but would form alliances with regional parties.
He also said the recently formed North East Democratic Forum (NEDF), which comprises of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Naga People’s Front (NPF), Mizo National Front (MNF), Arunachal People’s Party (APP), Manipur People’s Party (MPP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Trinamool Congress (TC) and other smaller parties would be formally launched tentatively on March 18 at Guwahati.
Botsa - Bokajan Road construction launched
Neiphiu Rio Thursday launched the road cutting works of the Botsa- Zeizou- New Ralan – Bokajan road being taken up for construction by BRTF and funded by General Staff road under Ministry of Defence at Botsa.
In his address, Rio assured that the state government and the public would extend full co-operation for the construction of the road and expressed gratitude to the government of India and BRTF. He said that the road would ease transportation problems of the state and enhance and facilitate trade and commerce. The chief minister appealed to the public and the land owners against hampering the construction of the road which was in public interest. There would be no contract works available, except for purchase of certain materials such as stones and wood, it was pointed. He also appealed the BRTF to complete the road as scheduled and to do quality job.
The road connects Botsa- Zeizou- New Ralan in Nagaland to Bokajan in Assam and has a total length of 85.35 km. The road would initially be developed to double lane formation width. The works have already commenced with the launching and was expected to be completed by March 2016. To avoid inconvenience to the public, the road has been divided into four phases with each phase to be completed in three years. Phase-I survey works and compensation have been finalized and survey work for Phase-II is in progress. Phase-I of the project would cover a length of 20.500 km starting from Botsa to Nro River. The work for Phase I is expected to be completed by February 2014.
The launching function was attended by minister for roads & bridges, Kaito Aye, minister for PHE, Dr. Ngangshi, parliamentary secretary for geology & mining, Y. Patton, advisor, sericulture and co-operation, Azheto Zhimomi, chief engineer Sewak (BRTF), Brig. Balraj Singh and a host of government officials.
Earlier, the chief minister and his colleagues were briefed on the project by Col. K.S. Malladi, Commanding Officer, 15 BRTF.
(With DIPR inputs)

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