Neiphiu Rio
File image of Neiphiu Rio.

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday night effected minor reshuffle of portfolios among his ministers and advisers.

This was the first reshuffle of portfolios after formation of the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government in March last year.

In partial modification of the Cabinet Secretariat notification dated 8th March 2018, the Governor, on the advice of the chief minister, re-allocated the portfolios and the business of the government among the ministers.

The re-allocation of the portfolios was done under the provisions of Rule 5(1) of the Rules of Executive Business of the Government of Nagaland.

This was stated in a notification issued by cabinet secretary Temjen Toy.

In another notification, the cabinet secretary said in partial modification of the Cabinet Secretariat notification dated 22nd March 2018, the chief minister re-assigned the departments to the advisors to him.

The notification said this arrangement is to help utilise the vast and practical experience of the members of Nagaland Legislative Assembly for the benefit of public at large.

It said the advisors will render their advice on matters that are referred to them by the department concerned for their views/suggestions before the issue is put up to the minister in charge concerned for decision.

The advisors will not be eligible for any pay, salary, emoluments, re-numeration or any perks/advantages of any kind, from the government of Nagaland other than what is normally admissible to them as members of the Assembly through the Assembly Secretariat.

Tongpang Ozukum was divested of the Roads and Bridges portfolio and given Housing and Mechanical portfolios in the cabinet rejig.

Roads and Bridges portfolio was given to deputy chief minister Y. Patton.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at:

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