Several legislators debate on issues concerning the state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/10/2020 10:11:25 AM IST

Joining in the debate on the adoption of the motion of thanks to the governor’s address at the ongoing fifth session of the thirteenth assembly on February 10, minister for Higher and Technical Education Temjen Imna Along said that Naga peace talk has successfully completed on a positive note yearning for the early settlement and unity for an enduring peaceful era in the land of Nagas. According to DIPR report, he informed that Citizenship Amendment Act was passed by the parliament but central government has provided certain provision to safeguard the right and identity of the Nagas.

He added that teacher’s dairy has been introduced to ensure continuous monitoring of learning outcome of students and teachers performance. Along further said that the government was exploring more avenues for resources generation to fund more developmental activities.

Minister for Housing, Tongpang Ozukum mentioned that the People’s Democratic Alliance government has always considered the early settlement of the Naga political issue as the most important agenda and conveyed deepest appreciation to all the stakeholders in helping to create a conducive atmosphere for the Naga settlement.

NPF MLA, Dr. Imtiwapang Aier highlighted on CAA and about the facts and realities that have been recently disturbing the whole country and the neighbouring states which was widely criticized by legal societies, civil leaders, academicians etc. He stated that this act is a violation of Article 14 & 21 and against secularism. 

Aier also questioned on why the central government has implemented and extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958 for another 6 months when the state has been duly recognized and awarded the best performing state among small states for law & order for the year 2019.

Aier also suggested the government and the concerned department to organise an under 15 tournament for young sportsman with the condition and criteria that only indigenous player from their respective district enter in the list of players.

Yitachu MLA commenting on the Citizen Amendment Bill 2019 said that the act will affect the minorities in the course of CAA 2019. He argued on many other issues like ILP, health care system, human resource, tax revenue, roads etc and sought answers from the leader of the house.

Dr. Chumben Murry MLA said that so much unhealthy suspicion has been created in the minds of many Nagas regarding the framework agreement. He added that time has come for all the factions to come together and sign one peace accord and at this critical juncture the JLF will need to be more vocal on the ongoing Naga political issue. He appreciated the PDA Government for constituting a commission for studying, examining and advising on issues related to RIIN. 

On health care he said that Nagaland’s quality of health care was positioned the lowest among the 28 states. He stated that anganwadi centers could play intermediary role in providing health counselling and dissemination of information on proper nutrition etc. He also insisted on providing training to anganwadi workers and provide yearlong manual of activities. He also deliberated on RIIN, agriculture sector, health, sericulture, veterinary and animal husbandry sector etc.

NPF member Moatoshi Longkumer pointed out that the most needed were roads connecting four districts, whereas the foothill road was not yet completed and not mentioned in the governor’s address. Under flood management programme, Longkumer also asked the government to give priority to Dimapur since it was the commercial hub of the state. 

Minister for Forest, Environment & Climate Change, C.M. Chang said that cutting across party lines the members of Joint Legislatures’ Form have equal concern for the ongoing Naga peace talks and called on all to continue to work together so that the talks resolved into the final settlement.

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