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Nagaland House session held amid Opp boycott

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, Aug 13 - Amid the boycott by the Opposition Naga People�s Front (NPF), a one-day session of the Nagaland Assembly was held in Kohima today.

The Opposition party did not attend the session as Speaker Sharingain Longkumer did not consider its demand to extend the session by three days to discuss matters of public importance like the Naga political issue, COVID-19 and the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest Act, 2002.

Leader of the House and Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio introduced and moved the Nagaland Goods and Service Tax (Amendment) Bill 2020 during the session. The Bill was considered and later passed by the House.

Rio, also the minister in charge of the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority, laid down the reports and rules of the state disaster management plan, incidents response system, state disaster management rules and minimum standards of relief.

The session began with obituary references to five late members of the Assembly by the Speaker. Altogether 27 starred and unstarred questions, most of which were related to COVID-19 and health and family welfare, were laid in the House. Owing to non-supplementary questions from the members, these were subsequently passed, which would be communicated to all the members.

Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom briefed the House on the status, expenditure and activities relating to COVID-19 in the State.

In his statement on COVID-19, the Chief Minister said a sum of more than Rs 62 crore has been spent on improving medical infrastructure and putting in place systems, equipment and manpower for winning the battle against the pandemic. Rio added that the total expenditure stood at around Rs 74 crore due to various other non-medical interventions like relief to stranded people, distribution of food and dry rations to migrants, needy people, preparation of quarantine centres and the entire quarantine arrangements, transport arrangements for bringing the people back, information, education and communication activities.

Taking both the medical and non-medicalinterventions, the total expenditure came to about Rs 139 crore, out of which the State Government has spent about Rs 112 crore from its own sources, including Rs 3.35 crore from the Chief Minister�s Relief Fund, Rio said.

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