Acharya reiterates state cabinet’s stand on CAB

Acharya reiterates state cabinet’s stand on CAB
Governor Acharya inspecting the Republic Day parade in Kohima on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/26/2019 12:00:19 PM IST

Nagaland Governor, P.B. Acharya, in his 70th Republic Day speech, Saturday reiterated the “unequivocal view” of his government that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2016 was not applicable to Nagaland. 

The normally packed Secretariat Plaza on Saturday was sparsely filled due to the boycott call given by student bodies opposing the CAB 2016,

It may be recalled that the CAB, 2016 passed in Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019 seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis have come to India as refugees/immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Speaking on the occasion at the Nagaland Secretariat Plaza ground, the governor said that Nagaland stood protected under the provisions of Article 371 (A) of Constitution of India and the Inner Line Permit mechanism as per Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 which was reaffirmed as Clause 16 of the 16-Point Agreement. 

Acharya, however, said that the state government has appealed to the Centre to have wider consultations with all north eastern states to ensure that the rights of the indigenous people were fully protected. He also said that the state government has decided to refer the Bill to the Standing Committee on Article 371 (A) under the Nagaland Legislative Assembly to examine the issues in its entirety.

On Naga political issue, the governor said the top priority of the state government was for final settlement and has committed to play the role of an active facilitator in the ongoing political negotiations between the Government of India and the Naga political groups.

Governor affirmed that People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government’s commitment towards facilitating an early resolution of the “Indo-Naga” political issue through a negotiated agreement that honours the unique history and rights of the Nagas.

Even as the quest for a final settlement continues, Acharya said the state government was committed to ensure good governance and development in the state.

On law and order front, governor said the state was by and large peaceful as the police and administration have taken remarkable steps in strengthening law enforcement mechanism and security of the citizens. He also highlighted the achievements such as launching of Emergency Response Support System (ERSS), setting up of women police stations in all the districts headquarters and receiving the award for ‘Best Performing Small State’ in the category of ‘Law & Order’ by the India Today State of State’s Survey 2018.

On education and welfare of the students, the governor said the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has already released an amount of Rs. 47.16 crore for payment of Post Matric Scholarship to ST students of the state. He also informed the ex-gratia scheme of Rs. 5 lakh to the family members of students, who die while studying outside the state.

On sports sector, governor said the state government has been taking several steps for promotion of sports in the state. 

He said Dimapur hosted the first ever Ranji trophy match for Nagaland, adding that Nagaland cricket team made a record by winning their first ever match. He also said that with the installation of Astro turf at IG Stadium Kohima, the state capital was ready to host national and international matches and tournaments. 

On investment sector in the state, governor said the government was devising means for a New Land Record and Land Use Policy. He said government also intends to revise power policy to facilitate investment in the hydro power sector and have set up the investment and development authority of Nagaland (IDAN) to help set all these into motion.

To boost entrepreneurship and economic activities in the state, Acharya said the first ever entrepreneur meet and buyer seller meets had been organized. He Nagaland Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Society (NSDES) has been formed and MoUs signed with 12 training partners for ensuring skill training and upgradation.

On health sector, he said state government has signed an MoU with the Centre for establishment a national centre for disease control (NCDC) branch at Dimapur. Besides, Acharya also highlighted measles Rubella vaccination campaign that achieved 97% of the target, upgraded new hospital at Kiphire, new AYUSH hospital inaugurated at Noklak, launching of Ayushman Bharat Health Insurance Scheme which provides cashless health insurance of Rs. 5 lakhs to almost 2.33 lakhs beneficiary families in the state.

Under MGNREGS, governor informed that the Ministry of Rural Development has approved 127 lakhs person days for the state amounting to Rs. 325 crores. Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission, he said has been taken up in 639 villages under 43 blocks in nine districts, adding that 4545 self help groups (SHGs) were actively engaged in income generating activities covering 42200 households. Acharya also said that administrative fund for Rs.35 lakh had been released for preparation of integrated cluster action plan (ICAP) and a total of 8481 houses are proposed to be constructed during 2018-19 under Prime Minister Awas Yojana –Gramin (PMAY-G).

Further, to boost socio-economic development of the state, governor said special thrust was directed on improvement of road communication infrastructure, though special road programme, NABARD-RIDF, PMGSY and GoI funding under ministry of road transport and highways. 

During 2018-19, he stated that vital road connectivity from NH-29 at Burma camp to Lahorijan river with a major bridge of 30 metres span has been completed, six additional roads of 795 km stretch have been approved “in principle” to be brought under national highway, two-laning of NH-02 Botsa- Wokha, Yisemyong to Unger, improvement works at Kohima, Dimapur city portion road are taken up on war footing.

Stating that the state cannot afford to be complacent, governor stressed the need to set up more infrastructural facilities and maintain them besides creating employment opportunities for the people to enable them to be economically self-reliant.

Acharya appealed to the people of Nagaland to have a sense of ownership and responsibility and to come forward and join hands with the government so as to march together towards all-round development.

After the formal programme, governor inaugurated the exhibition stalls set up by the various government departments.

The parade contingents were led by Dy. Commandant, Denyong as parade commander and assistant commandant Lucy Yhome as parade 2nd incharge.

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