Kohima, June 03 (NE): In the midst of pandemic situation, NDPP alleged that the Congress government of the past is to be blamed for the present state of poor infrastructure.
Responding to the allegations by the NDPP, the Congress on June second stated through a press release that the present ruling party conveniently forgot that all major infrastructures were created during the time of Congress rule and advised the NDPP to concentrate on course correction of their govt rather than level baseless allegations against Congress or some individual who showed them the mirror of truth.
Pointing out the total failure of PDA govt in tackling the pandemic situation, NPCC stated that the government of Nagaland established COVID War Room only after Lockdown 1.0 got over on April fourteen, and now after the end of Lockdown 4.0, the state govt has constituted a High Powered Committee replacing numerous committees that were all pulling in from different directions.
The party also stated that allegations against Congress govt of the past is being laid at the doorstep of Mr Rio himself, as he was part of three Congress governments holding crucial portfolios of PWD and Home.
The NPCC also alleged that 17 plus years is more than enough for regional parties to develop the state but the present govt have miserably failed. It further mentioned that the Chief Minister Mr. Neiphiu Rio has announced that a ‘strategy group’ has been set up to build the state economy. This may sound good, but having seen massive misgovernance for much of the past 17 years under his leadership, the only cheerleaders will be his coterie and cronies anticipating another golden opportunity out of disaster. The Congress party hoped that the strategy group is not composed of the same people who have been colluding with Mr Rio to make a mockery of governance in all spheres.
Alleging that the govt has totally failed to address the grave socio-economic problems emerging in the form of thousands of returnees coming from different cities of India, after suffering tremendously during lockdown period owing to job losses, racial abuses, hunger and being evicted as tenants. Ironically, the same govt used to trumpet about its achievement on sending thousands of our young people outside the state to earn livelihood. In connivance with some outside training institutes and placement agencies, state govt had signed numerous MoUs and dispatched our people without bothering to check the antecedents of those agencies or progress of our people, it added.
The NPCC also highlighted that the state have homegrown HR/Placement agencies, some of whom under the patronage of the state govt have been functioning without any accountability so far. Many of these agencies in addition to govt’s largesse have been profiteering by even taking certain amount of percentage cut from the monthly salary of those workers sent through them. Shockingly, when lockdown happened, many HR/Placement agencies and recruiting agents who were responsible for sending our people outside the state simply went incognito and left the poor workers to fend for themselves.
The party reiterated that time has come for strong action against those who profiteered while jeopardizing the lives of our people.