Day-4 of NLA session: Replies to starred, unstarred questions

Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/13/2020 12:58:28 PM IST
On the fourth day of the ongoing budget session, ministers in-charge of various departments responded to several starred question raised by members of the opposition bench.
RAP: Deputy chief minister (I/c Home), Y. Patton, replying to a starred question stated that the entire area of the state of Nagaland has been excluded from the protected area regime (Restricted Area Permit) notified under the foreigners (protected areas) order 1958, initially for a period of one year with effect from January 1, 2011 which has been extended from time to time. 
He said that relaxation was extended till December 31, 2022 on condition such as Government of India can withdraw relaxation for security concern, citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan and foreign nationals need approval from the Home ministry before they can visit Nagaland. Foreigners visiting the state will have to register with foreigners registration officers of the state/districts, he added. He said there were 11 foreigners registration officers (FRO’s) in Nagaland-- Commissioner of police Dimapur, SP Kohima, Mokokchung, Wokha, Phek, Peren, Zunheboto, Mon, Tuensang, Longleng and Kiphire. 
Land issue: Replying to a starred question put up by NPF MLA Yitachu on the present status of land dispute between Sutsu, Laruri Village Mimi circle under Kiphire district, Patton stated that the all parties concerned have agreed resolve the dispute through traditional Oath taking and that the district administration was working the modalities and fix the date for oath taking. 
Leader of the House and chief minister, Neiphiu Rio while supplementing to reply, stated that taking Oath was the last resort in Naga tradition and called on the community, church and leaders to resolve the matter amicably.
JICA releases Rs 25.59 cr for State: State environment, forest & climate change minister CM Chang said Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had released Rs 25.59 crore through Government of India (GoI) to the State government.
And so far, seven buildings had been constructed under Nagaland Forest Management Project (NFMP) in Wokha range and Doyang beat. Other works taken up under this project in Wokha district include prior informed consent, formation of joint Forest Management Committee (JFMC), micro plan preparation, nursery, entry point activity, rejuvenation of traditional wells, watch tower on human-elephant conflict zone, water harvesting structure, etc. 
This was stated by the minister in response to the unstarred question by NPF legislator Dr. Chumben Murry.
Wakching CHC to be inaugurated soon: Health & family welfare (H&FW) minister PS Pangnyu Phom said the primary health centre (PHC) at Wakching was upgraded to community health centre (CHC) in 2014, but admitted that the upgraded CHC was yet to be inaugurated in view of resource constraints. He said development of necessary infrastructure and creations of posts were under active consideration of the department. 
The minister said the health centre was presently functioning as PHC and would be fully functional as a CHC only upon necessary infrastructure and manpower were put in place.    
Replying to a supplementary question by NPF member YM Yollow Konyak, Phom said there were 33 CHCs in Nagaland, out of which only 21 were functional since 2014. He explained that 12 CHCs were non-functional due to lack of adequate manpower and assured that H&FW department was actively working to resolve the issue.
Status of chick hatchery: Transport, civil aviation & railways and land resource departments minister P Paiwang Konyak said to enhance poultry production in Phek district through hatching, the department had initiated establishment of poultry farm at Akhegwo with assurance from GoI under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana. Accordingly, infrastructure like poultry shed, office, godown, approach and internal roads were competed. However, the department could not make it functional due to non-availability of electrical transformer and LT line for hatching as it was not supported for funding by GoI.  
Replying to a starred question by opposition MLA Yitachu, the minister said as hatching activities could not be carried out in absence of electrical transformer, the department had decided to change the objective of the farm by converting the hatchery into chick rearing centre with a view to provide 30-day-old low input technology (LIT) chicks to needy farmers. Redeployment of the staff and rearing activities would commence in 2020-21, he added.
Sharing his concern over backward areas like Meluri sub-division and Kiphire district, the opposition member said having hatchery units in these areas would facilitate the people living there and give them an additional item of trade. Hence he advised the department to take up more projects on trading activities to help the youth and open up opportunities for them. This way their interest in economy, infrastructure and development of the state would increase, he added.  
Fund allocation for road maintenance: Deputy chief minister Y Patton said fund allocated to district headquarter and Kohima for road maintenance from April 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019 was Rs 6330.92 lakh, while the fund allocated for road maintenance against each ADC headquarter from April 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019 was Rs 1549.58 lakh.
Replying to a starred question by NPF legislator Muthingnyuba, the minister shared district-wise break-up of fund allocation – Rs1,232.92 lakh for Kohima, Rs 1,125 lakh for Dimapur, Rs 820 lakh for Mokokchung, Rs 467 lakh for Mon, Rs 455 lakh for Tuensang, Rs 315 lakh for Phek, Rs 355 lakh for Wokha, Rs 368 lakh for Longleng, Rs 425 lakh for Zunheboto, Rs 253 lakh for Kiphire, Rs 230 lakh for Peren and Rs 285 lakh for Noklak.
In a supplementary question, the opposition member wanted to know why there was so much disparity in distribution of funds to the districts and ADC headquarters. The minister in charge replied that works were ongoing and more fund would be given, if required. He also mentioned that there were 24 divisions in the State.

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