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Oppn raps Governor Address
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 24 (NPN):
Published on 25 Mar. 2011 1:00 AM IST
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Opposition members today rapped the Governor addressed made to the 9th session (Budget) on Tuesday saying that it had failed to cover many vital issues.
Initiating the debate on the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address which was earlier move by MLA Neiba Kronu and seconded by MLA Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, opposition member S.I Jamir also rubbished equation been made on a mere local fire incident at the chief minister with that of Earthquake and Tsunami disaster in Japan and the upheaval against monarch in North African countries.
On law and order front, he pointed out that the arm conflict might have come down but forceful collections, extortions and rampant kidnapping were happening in the state today. Pointing out the frequent claims made by the state government that the state is peaceful, he asked if the situation was so then why VIPs continued to move around with armed escort and in the process, creating havoc to the public and also a colossal waste so much manpower resources and also in POL.
On corruption, Sungit alleged that even the post of a police constable was for sale for Rs. 1 lakh. He further alleged that state government claim to have established new police battalion with modern weapon in reality turned out to be second hand weapons that could not fire and lack of ammunition for firing practice.
Opposition member K.V Pusa stressed on the need for the responsible government to play its role in the ongoing peace process through framing proper policy and felt that the role played by the FNR might be effective now but not in the long run. He said in order to achieve peace and solution the government has to give concrete support.
On Article 371 A, Pusa said that the provision was for protection of the people but if it proved a stumbling block for developmental activities, the state government could think of some options. In this regarded he suggested that the government constitute a committee to go for detailed study of the provision in development perspective.
Opposition member Sentichuba accused the DAN government of spending public money for merrymaking, festivals and road shows but failed to maintain the roads and also to pay what was due to pensioners. He also questioned that when the over ground populace are desperate, how can we bring the warring underground groups together.
On water scarcity particularly in Kohima and Mokokchung, he compare the state to that of Andaman and Nicobar Island which doesn’t have any running river and depends solely on rain water throughout the year. He suggested taking up rain water harvesting . He also wondered about the rationale of talking about water meter system when there was no water.
Opposition member Joshua Sumi also pointed out frequent misinterpretations on the Article 371 A which had badly affected all development activities in the state including water supply, road or any development.
He pointed out that there was water everywhere but “we don’t want to give” due to the misinterpretation of the Article 371 A. In this regard he warned that the state capital would not be able to survive unless the government did something. He enlightened the house that in the month of January itself a bucket of water cost Rs 20/- while as per national census a person requires minimum 200 litres of water a day.
Pointing out to the Nagaland Post news report about the 4th NAP headquarter Thizama not getting PHED water supply since the last 41 years, and also the shortage of water supply to the Legislators Home, Joshua blasted the department for sleeping despite of talking for years of progress and demanded that something should be done in the current financial year.
On Hornbill festival, he said that if the festival is celebrated in the right perspective it was good but when so many “evil things” took place during the celebrations such as open sale of alcohol and immoral activities , it was necessary that right policing, regulation and prohibition be implemented.

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