Sharingain Longkumer
Newly elected Nagaland Assemly deputy speaker Sharingain Longkumer. Image credit - Northeast Now

First-time MLA Sharingain Longkumer of the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) was elected deputy speaker of Nagaland Assembly unopposed on Tuesday.

Longkumer was elected in the fourth session of the 13th Nagaland Assembly which got underway on Tuesday.

Election to the deputy speaker was necessitated following resignation of Zhaleo Rio from the post.

Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) did not field any candidate for the post.

An advocate by profession, 37-year-old Longkumer from Ungma village in Mokokchung district won the byelection to Aolenden Assembly constituency recently.

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio and leader of Opposition T.R. Zeliang congratulated Longkumer on his election as the deputy speaker of the 13th Nagaland Assembly.

Both the leaders described him as young and energetic with requisite qualification to hold such a coveted post.

They urged him to discharge his duties and responsibilities to the best of his abilities without fear or favour.

On the first day of three-day session, the Assembly discussed the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) and the inner line permit (ILP).

During the Assembly session, it was decided to continue the deliberations on the two issues on the last day on August 8.

The House gave assent to the Nagaland Nursing Council Bill, 2019; Nagaland Appropriation (No. 1 & 2) Bill, 2019 and the Nagaland Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The House also gave assent to the election of the deputy speaker, introduction of the Nagaland Protection of Interests of Depositors (in Financial Establishments) (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and Amity University Nagaland, Act 2011 (Repeal) Bill, 2019.

Laying of reports of the Nagaland Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Rules, 2017, Pharmacy Practice Regulation 2015 and the Nagaland State Mineral Development Corporation Limited annual report 2015-2016 also got the House’s assent.

Annual administrative reports of the personnel and administrative reforms department 2018-19, justice and law department 2018-19 and soil & water conservation department 2018-19 were also laid.

A copy of the 95th Report of Committee on Government Assurance (6th session of the 12th Nagaland Legislative Assembly) was also presented.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com

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