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NLA session: Replies to starred and unstarred questions

Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/7/2020 12:21:28 PM IST
In the ongoing budget session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA), the ministers in-charge of various departments Friday responded to several starred and unstarred question raised by members of the opposition bench.
State deputy chief minister Yanthungo Patton, who is also minister in-charge of National Highways, replying to a starred question raised by NPF MLA Muthingnyuba on the status of National highway, stated that there were two ongoing projects under annual renewal programme—improvement of riding quality programme (IRQP) to NH-202 from km 130.00 (near C/Saddle) to Km 140.00 (near Yakur) under Tuensang division. He said the physical progress was 50% and financial progress was 32.63%. He said the second project was periodic renewal from Km 272.00 (near Ngoromi) to Km 284 .00 (near Akhegwo) on NH-202 under Kiphire division with 60% physical progress and 22.00% physical progress.
Patton also stated that there were two NH divisions in NH 202 Tuensang and Kiphire. He said that the amount sanctioned for NH-202 from the MoRTH for the maintenance and survey works from its inception till date was Rs. 297.60 crore.  
Replying to a supplementary question, Patton said that the project started in 2011 and would lay full report and exact amount after discussing with the department in the next session. 
Replying to a starred question raised by NLA member Chotisuh Sazo on the details of anganwadi centre construction, the chief minister and minister in-charge of social welfare, Neiphiu Rio, stated that the department did not receive fund/sanction for construction of new anganwadi centre during the period from March 2018 till date. 
Replying to a supplementary question, rural development minister Metsubo Jamir said a sum of Rs. 7 lakh each was given to 74 blocks for construction of anganwadi centre. He said that no complaint or information was received as to why Rs.60,000 was given to village council, but assured that he would acquire more information and place on the table in the next session.
Replying to the starred question on the status of the scholarships and the number of beneficiaries from 2018-19 raised by opposition member Kuzholuzo Nienu, the minister higher & technical education and tribal affairs, Temjen Imna Along, stated that full payment of scholarships have been made to all the eligible beneficiaries with active bank accounts and the number of students availing scholarships was total 39684 – 38201 within Nagaland and 1483 outside Nagaland.
Replying to a starred question by opposition member Chumben Murry on the status of the augmentation of water supply to Wokha town from Engorotchu and the capacity of the project, the PHE minister Jacob Zhimomi stated that the main components of the project have been completed and commissioned on October 12, 2018 by the minister PHED. The capacity of the project is 3.75 million litre per day.  He pointed out that the department encountered some technical and other unforeseen problems. The minister, however, said that the department was in the process of rectifying the problems by repairing the affected items while efforts were underway to complete the remaining works. 
Replying to an unstarred question by MLA Chumben Murry, minister of agriculture, G Kaito Aye, stated that the amount of fund received under International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD) is Rs. 1 crore for 92 village. 
The minister stated that the works/projects taken up under IFAD village-wise in Wokha district were formation of farmers interest groups (FIG), support to lead farmers, lead farmer honorarium, legume cover crops, supply of quality seeds,  improved soil fertility,  support for wetland agriculture, irrigation support and supply of quality planting materials. 
He said the total amount of IFAD works/projects taken under CSS RKVY component in Wokha district is Rs.1,13,66,200 (including loan & CSS component in IFAD - FOCUS).  
Of the Rs 198 crore sanctioned for Kohima smart city project, Rs 113 crore had been released till date. This was stated by Rural Development minister Metsubo Jamir in response to a starred question by legislator Yitachu at Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Friday. 
Jamir said Kohima Municipal Council and smart city offices had been completed under the smart city project and the list of ongoing projects included beautification of Kohima town phase-1, multi-level car parking at old medical directorate, multi-level car parking at old NST, capital cultural hall, re-development of old Assembly secretariat phase-1, parking and community hall at New Market, integrated command and control centre (ICCC) and wi-fi for Kohima city. 
He further informed Yitachu that so far Rs 77.90 crore had been spent from the project fund.
In reply to a supplementary question by leader of opposition (LoO) TR Zeliang, the rural development minister said the department had got verbal assurance from the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) to construct multilevel car parking at old medical directorate and old NST under Kohima smart city project. To this, Zeliang stressed that the department should get approval from the Centre and not verbal assurance because if New Delhi stopped funding, then the mega project would be left incomplete. 
The NPF Legislature Party leader further insisted that work should follow the guidelines as per the original DPR without diverting the fund by following the norm laid down by MoHUA. He recalled that the State government had work hard in 2015-16 and only on its third attempt, the Central ministry approved Kohima smart city project, as there were lots of criteria to be qualified. 
Jamir assured to take necessary measures when LoO demanded an assurance to the House that it would be approved by the MoHUA.  
Meanwhile, responding to a starred question by Y Vikheho Swu, deputy chief minister Yanthungo Patton, who is also in charge of civil administrative works department (CAWD), said the total amount sanctioned for construction of ADC office at Pughoboto was Rs 313.31 lakh, adding that the work had started in 2016, and so far Rs 138.39 lakh has been paid to the contractors. 
Patton said there was no allocation of fund in 2019-2020 as the work order had expired w.e.f March 2018 and no extension of time had been applied by the contractor till date. However, the fund released so far was commensurate with the work progress and the completion of work was subject to extension of time for the work and, if funds were allocated in time, the department would try to complete the project by August 2020, he added.
Replying to another starred question of Yitachu, Patton said there was a proposal for creation of village guard posts in the State, adding the consolidated proposal also included Kanjang village under Meluri ADC headquarter in Phek district.
In response to an unstarred question of Dr Imtiwapang Aier, the deputy chief minister replied that 1,135 police constables were appointed between March 2018 and January 2020. District-wise, 409 (including 206 through open recruitment rally) were appointed in Kohima, 81 in Mokokchung, 91 in Tuensang, 133 in Dimapur, 49 Wokha, 57 Zunheboto, 104 in Mon, 45 in Longleng, 78 in Phek, 42 in Kiphire and 46 in Peren district. Altogether 35 sub-inspectors were appointed, including UBSI (GD) sub-inspector (technical) and sub-inspector (opr) in 2018-2020, he added.  
 
 

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