On the first day of the second session of the 14 Nagaland Legislative Assembly, three bills were introduced while an Act was repealed on Monday. Leader of the house and chief minister Neiphiu Rio moved the resolution to repeal ‘The Employment of Manual Scavengers & Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition), Act, 1993’ for the enactment of Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013.
The house unanimously resolved to repeal the Act so that the state government may further take action for the adoption of the new Act.
The chief minister also moved the resolution to adopt the ‘The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), Amendment Act, 2019’ and the ‘The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO), Rules 2020’ which was unanimously adopted by the house.
Health and Family Welfare minister P Paiwang Konyak introduced the Nagaland Motor Vehicles Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Nagaland Passengers & Goods Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2023.
Higher Education minister Temjen Imna Along, introduced the North East Christian University (Second Amendment) Bill, 2023.
NLA Speaker Sharingain Longkumer informed the House that consideration and passage of the three bills will be taken up on Tuesday.
Earlier, assembly secretary-in-charge Khruohituonuo Rio reported the assent of governor to the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 (Repeal Bill, 2023), Nagaland Fire and Emergency Services Bill, 2021, Nagaland Goods and Services Tax (Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2022, Nagaland Appropriation Bill (No.1), 2023 and Nagaland Appropriation Bill (No.2), 2023. These were passed in first session of the 14th NLA.
The CM and the speaker made obituary references to former minister and sitting MLA Noke Wangnao, who died on August 28. He was the longest-serving legislator of the state.
The members observed a minute-long silence in honour of the departed soul and conveyed condolences to the bereaved family.