Peace talk in focus : RN Ravi in address to Nagaland Assembly
One day set aside to discuss Naga issue
Newmai News Network
DIMAPUR, Feb 12 : Addressing the 7th session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly today, Governor RN Ravi touched on the Naga political issue “which continues to remain in focus”.
The Assembly session began on Friday and will culminate on February 20.
RN Ravi, while mentioning the Naga political issue in his speech, said that “there is a need for efforts to build on the substantial gains made so far, and to move swiftly for the final solution”.
It can be mentioned here that the Naga political issue is one of the issues to be discussed in the ongoing Nagaland Legislative Assembly session. The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly has “agreed to a one full-day discussion on the Naga political issue during the Assembly session”.
In his speech the Governor said that the “general law and order situation” in the State has remained largely peaceful though there have been some “localized” incidents, which were contained swiftly by the district administration and police.
Ravi said that Nagaland Police have set up “Anti-Extortion Cells” in all the districts of the State, which work in close coordination with other law enforcement and security agencies to contain “illegal” activities.
To enhance fighting crime against women, a women police station at Kiphire was established, thus covering 11 districts and there is plan to establish one in the newly created Noklak district soon, said the Governor. Ravi also informed that a Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children Lab cum Training Centre (CCPWC) has been made operational and Cyber Cells to investigate cyber-crime have been also set up in all the districts.
The Governor expressed satisfaction with the State Government for successfully combating the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that at the start of the pandemic, the State did not have a single testing lab of its own for COVID-19, but now there are three BSL labs and has acquired thirty two TrueNat machines. He added that the Government took steps to increase the number of health professionals and workers in public health facilities and the overall health infrastructure of the State also saw a significant upliftment. He informed that the department has set up a State Warehouse at Kohima and is also setting up medical oxygen generation plants in 10 district hospitals and CHC Jalukie.
Following the Nationwide lockdown, the Government immediately stepped in and about Rs 24.75 crore relief in cash was provided which have benefitted 37,932 persons and arranged trains and buses for people stranded in other parts of the country, said Ravi. More than 25,000 returnees availed the facilities created by the Government for quarantining, he added. Ravi added that the mortality rate due to COVID-19 remains relatively less than other States and expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the doctors, nurses, all other frontline workers, mass-based organizations including the Churches for their support to the Government in its fight against COVID-19. Ravi informed that the first phase for vaccination is expected to finish by February 20, 2021.
The Governor then expressed his appreciation to various State and Central agencies and civil society organizations in the containment of the recent outbreak of forest fires at Dzuko valley. He said that the Government is making long term plans to prevent such incidents in future and also further strengthen the response mechanism.
The Governor then gave an overview of the developmental activities being carried out by all departments in the state.