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Rs.1591. 21 cr deficit: Chishi

Ongoing budget session in Nagaland Legislative Assembly Kohima on Monday. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Mar. 2011 1:16 AM IST
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Congress MLA and former chief minister K.L. Chishi claimed that the factual deficit in the state’s budget would be to the tune of around Rs.1591.21 crores.
Participating in the general discussion on the budget 2011-2012 on Monday, . Chishi accused the government with hiding the actual deficit and argued that figure was to the tune of Rs.1591.21 crores . Chishi arrived at the figure by citing that Rs.636.96 crores waskept in Civil Deposit(CD), Rs. 141 crores for General Provident Fund (GPF) and Rs. 220 for Pension Benefits and added to the projected deficit of Rs.602.30 crores as presented by the chief minister, the total would touch around Rs.1591.21 crores.
Chishi who was also former finance minister termed Rio’s budget as “Insolvent budget” meaning the DAN government was unable to pay the debt and that it was “a debt ridden budget, another bundle of confusion of documents and proactive pimple removing with vanishing cream.
He pointed out that there was no mention of the modernization of police in the budget and according to him, modernization of police was like purchasing .22 Rifles and 12 bore guns without cartridges due to paucity of funds and meant only for hunting.
He also said that though the Nagaland House, RK Puram , New Delhi was razed down , yet no foundation stone was laid and work yet to start and disclosed that the staffs were roaming here and there without works.
Coming down heavily on the state government for appointment of tribal hohos as member in the DPDB , Chishi said that NGOs should be treated as NGOs and government functionary as government functionary and argued that if they(NGOs) are indispensable than the government should appoint them at the top, that is State Planning Board(SPB).
On Agri- and allied sectors, he suggested that the responsible departments should provide good and improved seeds so that farmers will work vigorously for food sufficient for the people of Nagaland.
Chishi also demanded the sufficient budgetary allocation be made to Information and Public Relations department as it is the vital organ of the government and the people of the state. Further he demanded that the AIR Kohima and DDK Kohima should improve their services for the welfare of the people. He also demanded that security should be in placed at Naga Heritage Village Kisama during Hornbill Festival. Congress MLA T. Sentichuba said that the budget was an incomplete budget as no works programs was laid on the table of the house .Congress member Kongam urged the government take serious interest in the agri and allied sectors as there was potentials to boost the state’s economy.
Cong demands probe on RMSA and SSA
Congress party on Monday demanded that the state government set up at High Powered Committee (HPC) to look into the alleged mismanagement of RMSA and SSA under School Education department. This demand was made by Tokheho Yepthomi, Leader of opposition, while participating in the general discussion on the budget 2011-2012 on Monday. He also brought on the floor the house the calendar published by Nagaland Education Society and revealed that the name of printer was not mentioned in the calendar and stated that it was a very serious matter.
Tokheho also questioned how the Consultancy Service ( Northeast Consultancy Services Aizawl, Mizoram) of NEMS was directly appointed without giving any advertisement and also wondered about the extension of contract before the expiry of the first contract and extended for another five years. “Nagaland is too small to hide” he added. The leader of opposition also demanded that the department should terminate the contract and said that the Congress party would take up the issue in different platform.
He said that the budget has no program and policy and there were lots of rooms for misuse and corruption. He also said that the finance department has not released fund for fear of embargo and to reduce deficit figure, while only LADP was released.
He said that government servants who have retired in October 2009 has been struggling for last 17 months to get their pension benefits and after using their service for last 30 to 40 years they have been “tortured.”
State to spend an estimated Rs 400 cr on pension
State chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who holds the finance portfolio today informed the house that the total expenditure on payment of pension and gratuity including commutation values of pension was Rs. 279.06 crore during 2009-10 and for the period April 2010 to March 2011 it was Rs 400 crore.
Replying to a question from opposition leader Tokheho Yepthomi, the chief minister said it was not feasible to maintain records of pension payments to pensioners relating to different periods of time. He also stated that pension payment orders are issued by the Office of the Accountant General, Nagaland and relevant records of names of retired employees to whom pension payment orders were issued by the Accountant General during the period shall have to be obtained from the AG’s office.
The chief minister also said the matter has been taken up with the AG’s office for obtaining the requisite information and assured that the same will by placed before the house on receipt of the information.
(More report on p-11)

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