An official order recently passed by the Nagaland government says that chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu’s son, Khriehu Liezietsu, is his adviser with cabinet minister rank, status and pay. 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 official order stated.
Notably, 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. This 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. Before Khriehu resigned, he 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 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 by August.
Nagaland, which has a ruling NPF-led coalition in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a partner, will go to polls next year.