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Nagaland CM’s son appointed his adviser, given cabinet minister rank and pay

Chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu’s son, Khriehu Liezietsu, given the rank and status of a cabinet minister with the portfolio of music task force

india Updated: Jun 29, 2017 21:13 IST
Utpal Parashar
Khriehu Liezietsu (L), son of chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu, will be entitled to pay and allowances and all other facilities admissible to a cabinet minister.
Khriehu Liezietsu (L), son of chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu, will be entitled to pay and allowances and all other facilities admissible to a cabinet minister. (HT Photo)

The Nagaland government has appointed chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu’s son, Khriehu Liezietsu, as his adviser with cabinet minister rank, status and pay.

In an official order issued on Wednesday, Khriehu was given “the rank and status of a cabinet minister with the portfolio of music task force with immediate effect”.

The CM’s son will be “entitled to pay and allowances and all other facilities admissible to a cabinet minister”, the order stated.

A cabinet minister in Nagaland earns a monthly salary of Rs 55,000. With allowances, the total rises to Rs 1,07,000 per month.

The appointment comes a month after Khriehu, who was a ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) legislator from Northern Angami, resigned from his seat to make way for his father’s election as an MLA.

On Thursday, the election commission announced by-election to the seat on July 29. The model code of conduct came into effect from Thursday.

Prior to his resignation, Khriehu was a parliamentary secretary in the state government for youth resources, sports, lotteries and music task force.

The CM, who is NPF president, assumed office in February after his predecessor TR Zeliang resigned following violence over opposition to women’s reservation in municipal bodies.

The 81-year-old NPF president is not a representative of the 60-member assembly and is expected to contest from the seat Khriehu vacated to get elected within the six-month time limit. By-election to the Northern Angami seat will take place within August.

The CM, who is also an author, had won eight times from the Northern Angami assembly seat. But he decided against contesting in 2013 and paved the way for his son.

Soon after Shurhozelie assumed office, speculation started that he might not be interested in contesting another election and could tender his resignation before the expiry of the six-month period.

Nagaland, which has a ruling NPF-led coalition in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a partner, will go to polls next year.