Parliament on Thursday passed a bill to include Nagaland under the jurisdiction of Imphal Central Agriculture University (CAU) to help the Northeastern state achieve higher growth in the animal husbandry sector.
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh moved the Central Agricultural University (Amendment) Bill, 2016 for consideration and passage, which the House passed by a voice vote without discussion.
After the Bill was passed, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien, who was in the Chair, remarked "this is called constructive cooperation and constructive opposition."
The Bill to further to amend the Central Agricultural University Act, 1992 was passed by Lok Sabha on August 9.
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh while moving the bill for consideration said Nagaland has been devoid of the advantages of agriculture and allied education for the last two decades and the law will help in promoting the sector in Nagaland.
Anand Sharma (Cong) said it was Nagaland’s decision not to be included in that for historic reasons, but now with its inclusion, the state will benefit.
On July 27, the Cabinet approved the amendment in the clauses of the Central Agricultural University Act, 1992, to include Nagaland under the jurisdiction of CAU, Imphal.
The amendment will help Nagaland to reap the benefit of the Imphal Central Agriculture University, established for the entire north eastern region.
The bill seeks to amend the Central Agricultural University Act, 1992, that was enacted for the establishment and incorporation of a university for the north-eastern region in order to promote development and research in agriculture and allied sectors.
The definition of ‘North Eastern region’ and the jurisdiction of the Central Agricultural University under the Act earlier did not cover the state of Nagaland.
After the passage of the amendment bill, Nagaland would get all facilities like other Northeastern states get under this Act.
After inclusion of Nagaland under jurisdiction of the CAU, the College of Veterinary Sciences in Nagaland would produce the much-needed professional manpower in the fields of animal husbandry, which will facilitate socio-economic growth in the region.
The new college would help familiarise the farmers with new techniques, thereby contributing to the production and productivity of domestic animals in the State of Nagaland.