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No Nagaland govt official to use designation plates in vehicles

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, March 9 - To end VIP culture Nagaland Government has directed that no official or dignitary will use designation plates in their vehicles.

As per the provisions of Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and Central Motor Vehicles Act 1989, nothing except registration number of the vehicle should be displayed on the number plates of vehicles and those violating this rule are liable to face punishment, Nagaland Home Commissioner Abhishek Singh said in an order on Friday.

Accordingly, all government officials/functionaries are strictly directed to not display their designations on their vehicles, the order said.

It warned that violators of this rule would face action under Section 177 of Motor Vehicles Act 1988.

In order to avoid inconvenience to Ministers and MLAs, the order stated appropriate colour-coded car stickers will be provided to facilitate their movement across the State.

The Neiphiu Rio-led Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government at its first Cabinet meeting in Kohima also resolved that to curb VIP culture, use of name/designation plates by Ministers, legislators and government employees in vehicles would soon be banned. It said colour-coded car pass system would be designed for official use, especially for Ministers and MLAs, to avoid inconveniences.

The Cabinet meeting further decided to ban use of pilots and security escorts by all government functionaries, barring Governor, Chief Minister, Deputy CM, Speaker and Deputy Speaker within Kohima and Dimapur. Security surveillance in both State capital and Dimapur would be enhanced and improved so that Ministers and other functionaries need not use escorts and pilots within city limits, it stated.

Further, giving a deadline to all departments to link all their employees and beneficiaries of government funds, pensions, etc., to Aadhaar-based biometric system for ensuring transparency and good governance, the Cabinet also decided to cover all directorates and secretariats by Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system within 100 days. An appropriate system would be devised for ensuring attendance in district offices, it added.

A new insurance scheme for students studying outside Nagaland too would be launched within 100 days, the meeting resolved.

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