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KOHIMA, Mar 22 (NEPS): The new PDA Government in Nagaland said their topmost agenda was “early resolution of the Naga political issue.” Towards this, they would work with “all stakeholders for a solution that is honourable, sustainable and acceptable to the people,” said PB Acharya, Governor of Nagaland, in his “customary address” here to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
Stating that the Government would not come in way of “any political agreement” that would bring solution to the Naga political issue, the Governor asserted that the Government would move with “firm resolve for reconciliation among all sections of the Nagas and for a negotiated political settlement that would bring a permanent peace in the land.”
Acharya also informed the House that the PDA Government was planning to “set up a Center for Peace” that would help bring together all stakeholders for a long-term “peaceful settlement.” He further reminded the Government’s motto that would be “Peace for Development and Development for Peace,” while stating that they would ensure ushering in an era of development with all-round Peace.
The Governor also warned that the State was passing through an “unprecedented financial crisis and disclosed that the new Government had assumed power towards the end of the “financial year” and had inherited a “huge deficit.”
“Our Budgetary deficit that stood at Rs. 950.09 core on 31st March 2014 has skyrocketed to Rs. 1657.88 crore as on 31st March 2017 – a jump of almost 75%,” he said. “The figures at the end of March 2018 are likely to be higher.”
Acharya said his Government had the challenge of bringing in fiscal prudence and discipline as also ensuring that “they are able to get their due share in taxes and Fiscal grants from Government of India.” “Given the financial situation, we are forced to take hard decisions, we will do all that we can control wasteful expenditure and misuse of funds,” he added.
The Government also decided to do away with “VIP culture” that all available recourses were used primarily for “developmental activities and welfare of citizens,” he said.
With regard to the law and order issue in the State, Acharya said the Government took as a top priority the maintenance of law and order and peaceful environment in the State. “Measures will be taken to make the State Police force modern and effective by equipping them with more modern weaponry, communication system, transport facilities and imparting rigorous training,” he added.
Stating that their jawans of IRB, NAP and District Police had rendered valuable services during Elections, he said the Government would continue to initiate “measures for the welfare of Policemen.”
The Governor also announced that the Government’s top priority would be to “repair and strengthening the roads” of the State as they were in deplorable conditions. Stating that the Government had already decided to start immediate repair and renovation of roads and filling of potholes in Kohima, Dimapur and all district headquarters, he said the ongoing works on Kohima Dimapur – 4 laning being carried out by NHIDCL for 42.86 kms at a total cost of Rs. 1066.55 crore would be monitored closely for time bound completion.
He also further informed that the work on Nagaland portion of Dimapur bye pass sanctioned at a total cost of Rs 387 crore would be followed up closely for timely completion, while the survey for Kohima bye-pass for a total length of 36 kms at a cost of Rs. 1389.80 crore would also be expedited for easing the traffic in Kohima town. Similarly other sanctioned roads like Wokha – Merapani (60 kms – 191 crore), Zunheboto – Chakabama (128 kms – 1600 crore), Pfutsero – Phek (66 kms – 825 crore), Merangkong – Tamlu – Mon (100 kms – 1250 crore) and Changtongya – Longleng (35 kms – 437.5 crore) would be taken up soon, he said. He also said the Government planned to operationalize a web-based monitoring mechanism for supervising the timely completion of all Road projects with quality.
The Governor also disclosed that the Government would take up with the Center for improved Air connectivity for Dimapur under Regional Connectivity Scheme.