Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio wave to his supporters after the swear-in ceremony at Kohima, Nagaland on Thursday, 08 March 2018. (Morung File Photo)
Morung Express News
Dimapur | June 15
Among the 100-day pledges of the government announced on March 8 was also a declaration to introduce an insurance scheme for students studying outside Nagaland. A never before executed programme of its kind in Nagaland, this was mentioned in the NDPP Election Manifesto under the segment ‘Education and Students Welfare’. It was part of first cabinet meeting resolutions.
How the government seeks to implement this remains largely unclear. As stated in the ruling party’s Manifesto, it is “to provide for deaths and illness of registered students studying outside the state.”
Introducing it within a period of three months was the original timeframe as mentioned in the Manifesto.
It is apparent this pledge will also overshoot the 100-day deadline with the drafts of the proposed scheme set to be reviewed by the Chief Minister in a week’s time.
A senior bureaucrat in the state Secretariat told The Morung Express on June 14 the drafts of the scheme were ready. “We are more or less ready with the drafts. The drafts will be tabled at a meeting with the Chief Minister scheduled on June 22,” said the official.
Only after the review by the CM, the government would be able to arrive at a likely date to make an announcement, he said. Stating that two drafts have been prepared, he added that they should be able to narrow it down to come up with a conclusive one.
The official provided a brief outline of how it will be implemented. “We will enter into an MoU with an insurance company. The premium will be paid by the state government.”
On the scope of the scheme, he said that considering the demographics of the state, it should be inclusive and applicable to all Nagaland domicile students studying outside the state.
The official spoke of framing the policy in such a way that the process of making claims is made hassle-free, if and when situations arise.
Attempts made to get comments in this regard from the Minister (Higher and Technical Education) in concern were unsuccessful.