Kohima, June 17 (NE): The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) slammed the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for the present miserable condition of Nagaland and said that except for few developmental activities that had taken place which were also concentrated in their area of interest only to satiate their narrow vision, there has been the policy of gobbling.
A press release issued by NPCC on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 said, though the NDPP makes a feeble attempt to shift blame, 17 years is long enough to develop the state if Mr Rio was really sincere in his thoughts and commitment to work for the people and develop the state.
The committee also said that while addressing a press conference on June fifteen, it was very shocking that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio instead of instilling confidence among the people caught in the nightmare of COVID-19 pandemic was rather talking about the state financial crisis and a bleak future.
NPCC called it unbecoming for a four term Chief Minister who is unable to inspire confidence despite all the power and resources at his disposal. Instead of briefing about the mounting state deficit and a near empty state exchequer, the Congress said that he must rather tender apology to the people of Nagaland for landing the state in such a miserable position as he has been the Chief Minister for 4 consecutive terms since 2003, except for his sojourn to Delhi as Lok Sabha MP in between.
DAN-I government under his leadership had started off with a clean slate in 2003 and the then Finance Minister had even presented a surplus budget of Rs 18 Crores while presenting state budget for 2004-05. After Mr Rio directly took over the Finance portfolio in 2005, it has been a continuous downhill slide for the past 15 years. The budget deficit projected at Rs. 1652.64 crores is just a stage-managed figure for public consumption or else the actual deficit figures will be well over Rs. 4000 crores, if the deficit as well as nonexistent money in Civil Deposit is taken into consideration, said the Congress.
During the past 17 years, there is total absence of creating avenues for employment and building infrastructures for revenue generation. The limited options available for increasing revenue generation are also overlooked as the focus is always on begging for additional funds from the centre, added the release.
Taking the example of other North Eastern states who attained statehood after Nagaland and made huge progress in revenue generation through creation of necessary infrastructures, the NPCC lamented that Nagaland continues to languish far behind with those in power taking the excuse of unresolved Naga political problem to hide all their failures and massive corruption perpetrated.
The State govt has only taken an easy recourse in imposing COVID Cess on fuel products, not realizing the overall cascading effect it has on our economy, it said.
The Congress also said that the private infrastructures of Chief Minister and his cronies in power have flourished unabated, while the public infrastructures keeps deteriorating.
Anticipating change from those responsible for destroying Nagaland will be a farfetched dream, NPCC stated. Unless the public collectively voice out, Chief Minister will continue to only talk about deficit figures and poor financial health without bothering to fix the problem, said the press release by the Congress committee.