Nagaland

Govt committing series of blunders in the fight against COVID-19: NPCC

Govt committing series of blunders in the fight against COVID-19: NPCC

Kohima, June 01 (NE): The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) in a press release on May 31, 2020 stated that the state govt on the pretext of taking flexible approach to fight COVID-19 is repeatedly committing a series of serious blunders.

The committee alleged that constant shifting of goalpost with regards to quarantine rules is borne more out of administrative convenience rather than medical advice.

The NPCC stated that the govt is jeopardizing the lives, especially those of health care workers and other frontline workers in addition to risking returnees and citizens, due to the ineptness of political leadership which is creating more confusion among the govt machinery or the ‘communication gap’ as admitted by the govt.

The press release further mentioned that the only welcome development is the renovation of Ganeshnagar Industrial Estate in the outskirts of Dimapur town for conversion into Institutional Quarantine Centre, as this sprawling 1000 acre estate was left almost abandoned for over 17 years.

The NPCC thanked the Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio for finally remembering and paying a visit to this industrial estate which he had conveniently ignored all these years in his quest for narrow centric development approach that has only benefited his coteries and cronies. The past 17 plus years, majority of which has seen Rio at the helm as Chief Minister is about commitments for all, but development only in his area of interest, it added.

NPCC called out to people of Nagaland to understand the dark underbelly of how successive DAN govt and now PDA govt have brought Nagaland to such a pathetic situation, as COVID-19 exposes the broken system of governance in Nagaland.

On the Tuensang returnees fiasco, the NPCC appealed that the state govt setting up 3 member Judicial Inquiry Committee (JIC) should not end up like numerous Judicial Inquiry Committee or Commission that have never come out with logical conclusion. Under DAN and PDA govt’s, the objective of any JIC enquiry seems to be more about shielding those in power rather than fix accountability or the guilty being punished.

The NPCC expressed hope that they are proven wrong this time on the inability of JICs to unearth the truth and ensuring that justice prevails.