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DAN committed to people’s welfare: Rio

Neiphiu Rio making concluding remarks and adoption on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address, Friday. (DIPR)
Correspondent Kohima, Mar 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Mar. 2011 12:38 AM IST
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State Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio reiterated that DAN government stood committed to the welfare of the people and the development of the Nagaland in his concluding remarks supporting the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address. After the debate on the motion of thanks, Rio expressed gratitude to the opposition bench for participating and giving constructive suggestions to the government. He assured that the suggestions was noted and said there was always room for improvement.
Clarifying on the opposition’s question as to the reasoning for continuation of ‘DAN’ when it was practically only NPF, Rio explained “we decided to continue as DAN government though all the members in ruling are NPF and Independent members. And because are political parties in coalition who don’t have an elected member. We respect their participation and uphold commitment”, he said adding that “strong committed Independent members are in the government”.
He also claimed that DAN is a mandated government and has on board all sections such as NGOs, civil societies and churches, who are a part of the government and part of society. Further he said that the tribal hoho’s were also included the District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) so that they could participate in the process of planning to contribute to the government. He said this would enable the decision-making bodies to understand the problems faced by the people from the grassroots level. Claiming that VDB and communitization were a success in the state as it involved both community and public participation. However he stated that the policy matters will be decided by elected members of the August House.
Taking on the Congress on the attempt to expand the NPF base outside Nagaland to neighboring states, Rio that asserted that it was in line with four resolutions passed by the state assembly for integration of all Naga areas. “Though we are not able to integrate, as a Naga we have to integrate our self emotionally, culturally, socially or politically. Though not physically” he added. Claiming that the law and order in the state was under control, Rio said that government of India continue to impose the Disturbed Area by extending it every year.
He also said the as per the record available from MHA there are 38 banned under-ground organizations in the country. Further he revealed around 16 banned organizations mostly from the northeast were operating in Nagaland. He however maintained that his government was seized of the matter and that the law enforcement has arrested many of those armed cadres.
On the Naga political issue, he said that the Naga political problem was more than six decades and that there cannot be any magic formula for solution. He said the state government’s role was merely that of a facilitator for a peaceful solution to the issue. He credited everyone including the opposition bench for peace and cohesiveness in the state and reasserted that the law and order was under control. Rio also said he looked forward to the continuing cooperation and participation of the NGOs, civil societies and the church for their cooperation in maintaining peace in the state and to work for a collective goal towards honourable settlement of the Naga political issue.
Rio also said he had requested the union home minister to provide more suitable weapons to the 15th IRB Mahila battalion and hoped for positive response from the union home minister. Expressing gratitude to the government of India for approving the proposal of the State government to enhance the monthly honorarium of the Village Guards from Rs.500 to Rs.1500 rupees, he said that the State government was also looking into the welfare of the Village Guards like providing uniforms, duty allowances and constructing barracks. He also said that the Government was trying its best to provide weapons to all the Village Guards.
He also announced that a total of 3000 post of teachers will be created and 324 primary school will be opened under the department of School Education. On flagship programs such NRHM, MNREGA and others, the chief minister claimed that the state was one of best performing state in NRHM according to report from the union Ministry of Health.
On the reservation policy, the chief minister said that when census 2011 is published, the government would set-up a committee to look into reservation policy, to be implemented within five years.
On the serious allegation levelled d by a Congress member that some government officials were taking money for appointment of posts, the chief minister requested the members to report and that if any found take bribe, strict action will be taken and assured that no one would be spared.
He also expressed gratitude to the Government of India for generous funding to the state, particularly to implement the 6th ROP. Further he urged the members to raise specific question and not generalising them.
NH-155 to be double lane soon
Roads and Bridges Minister Kaito Aye Friday admitted that there may have been some compromises with regard to quality and workmanship at the ongoing construction of the National Highway between Mokokchung and Tuensang but at the same added that the department has warned contractors that there will be no compromise on quality.
Replying to a supplementary raised by Congress member H. Chuba Chang during question hour, the minister acknowledged that quality had been compromised after the road was taken over from the BRO in 2007. He also said the department had warned contractors about poor quality workmanship on the 281 kms stretch which has been divided into ten different blocks.
Kaito also informed the house that the Ministry had appointed consultants for construction of the two-lane road and that preparation of DPR was in process. He expressed hope that the work would commence during the coming financial year.
He also informed that a total expenditure of Rs 281.13 Lakh out of the total requirement of Rs.1608.27 Lakh had been incurred on the work so far and that the amount had been paid to the contractors. Raising the issue, H. Chuba in a supplementary asked what materials were used on the NH-155 and how the expenditure was incurred. Chang also submitted a photographic evidence of the pathetic condition of the NH-155.
He also alleged that many of the contractors who were allotted the work were ignorant about which portion of the block they were supposed to do the work as they remained in Kohima from where they drew money. Further, he asked the department to work out mechanism to check and control quality work and to ensure that its engineers physically visit the spot and check the quality workmanship. He said engineers should first satisfy themselves about the quality of works then only issue certificates for passing bills for payments.
Will act against proliferation of illegal weapons: HM
Nagaland home minister Imkong L Imchen Friday assured that house that he would look into the reported unauthorized manufacturing of country made weapons including sophisticated weapons and take necessary steps to check them.
Replying to supplementary question raised by an opposition member during question hour, Imchen admitted that even the number of licensed arms was very high in the state while there were also reports of sophisticated arms (prohibited bore) that were reportedly being illegally manufactured. He said it was a serious matter and assured that the government would take necessary steps to check such proliferation of licences and illegal manufacture of weapons.
He also stated that the state government has not allowed use of arms without license and added that a total of 761 unlicensed-- different types of arms were seized during the year 2003-04 to 2010-11. This included seizure of 81 arms in 2003, 58 in 2004, 36 in 2005, 48 in 2006, 57 in 2007, 193 in 2008, 111 in 2009, 146 in 2010 and 31 till March 17 this year.
Among the seizures included- 322 arms seized from criminals and 439 from UGs cadres. Weapon seized from criminals were destroyed by competent authority after completing all formalities while those weapons seized from the underground cadres were kept at the custody of the Assam Rifles, he added.
Earlier, Opposition leader Tokheho while raising supplementary questions said that the inflow of illegal and unauthorized arms especially in the eastern side posed security threat to the state and the people today.
He said that there was heavy inflow of country-made guns including AK assault rifles and .22 pistols. Without specifically mentioning a place, he cited an incident of two groups of youth who had a quarrel which later turned into a gun battle with the use of sophisticated arms like .22 pistols.
Fortunately, Tokheho said there was no casualty but such incidents showed how illegal weapons posed grave threat on society.
He cautioned that unchecked unlicensed and illegal weapons would only be misused by anti-social elements. He asked the home minister to check such illegal arms by banning them and ensure that no one was allowed to illegally possess or manufacture them.
DAN failed in last
3 years: Cong
Leader of opposition Tokheho Yepthomi said that the DAN government during the last three years had failed to live up to the expectations of the people and alleged that there was no transparency in the functioning of the government. Taking part in the motion thanks to the governor’s address, Leader of opposition also said that the DAN government was running on favoritisms and nepotism and alleged that contract funds go to NPF party workers. He also said that the government wanted to hide the detailed lists of government employees who had retired since 2009. He congratulated the leader of house and ruling DAN government for taking a decision to discontinue the road show.
Congress MLA, I. Imkong demanded the government to lay the CAG report in the state assembly. He also suggested that the government gear up planning process and felt that the state was lacking in man-power planning. Congress MLA C. Apok Jamir said that DAN government failed miserably on all fronts and committed lots of irregularities. Congress MLA Kheto said that the government’s achievements during the last three years was “completely nil” and gave the DAN abbreviation as “Dancing Around Nagaland.”
The opposition Congress in unison demanded that there should be equitable distribution of funds. Congress MLAs Kongam, H. Chuba Chang and Langpa Konyak also took part in the debate.

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