Kohima, July 05 (NEx): The Naga People’s Front (NPF), lashes out at PDA government for its unsavoury response of the State Government to the letter of Nagaland Governor, R.N. Ravi which was written to Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio on June 16, 2020 and calls it nothing but an assorted collection of distorted facts and figures to deceive the Governor and the Naga people at large.
A communique issued by NPF on Saturday said that the written observation of the Governor, who had disclosed the precarious law and order situation prevailing in the State during the past, for almost a year, cannot be merely dubbed as a study that “does not appear to be factual.”
Highlighting on the RN Ravi’s portfolio, NPF stated that, RN Ravi is a1976-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer, who is a former Deputy National Security Advisor (NSA) who served the Nation in various capacities. He is not a schoolboy to misunderstand the basic parameters of identifying law and order situation in the State.
Terming the findings of a man of such calibre by the State Government as one that “does not appear to be factual” and further humiliating him in public domain by exposing the same in the State, Regional and National Media is most disappointing. This is display of political shrewdness of the cheapest standard, said NPF communique.
A meeting was held between the Chief Minister and his Cabinet and the Governor on June 19, 2020, as requested by the Governor in his letter on June 16. Questioning the intention of the PDA Government, NPF asked as to What avoided the Chief Minister and his Cabinet from declaring there and then that the end result of RN Ravi’s observation was not ‘factual’? When the matter could have been clarified officially, was it necessary for the Government to publicly humiliate the Governor by challenging the factuality of his observation in public domain through the Department of IPR?, it asked.
As is clearly evident and noted by the Governor, the party said that there is steady down-slide in all parameters of development in Nagaland under the present day Government due to siphoning off huge amount of Government funds meant for road connectivity, healthcare, education infrastructures etc. and diverting them to various non-functional projects.
The economic condition of the State is in a pathetic condition which is almost beyond recovery unless drastic measures are taken such as the present intervention by the Governor. While the economy of the State continues to be in doldrums, the financial position of the State is kept hushed up for reasons best known to those at the helm of power, it added.
The ongoing construction of Dimapur-Kohima four-lane road including various other road projects under MoRTH, accorded sanction through the initiative of the previous Government, is yet to be completed till today. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed on the direction of the Governor to prevent unlawful activities and to book miscreants obstructing the construction work of Dimapur-Kohima four-lane road following a Review Meeting held on January 11, 2020; is yet to come up with any tangible result till date.
The response of the State Government to the Governor that the law and order continues to be “normal and peaceful” holds no water. In this regard, the common man in the Market is better versed with the reality than the State Government for the reason that many anti-social elements, on a daily basis, continue to threaten business establishment especially in Dimapur, the commercial hub of the State. Many such incidents go unreported due to the lack of trust in Government machineries. Such elements have taken maximum advantage and at times maligned the image of the Naga National Movement, stated NPF.
Citing an example, NPF said, the laid-back attitude of the State Government is the way it is dealing with the Public Action Committee (PAC) formed under the aegis of Naga Council Dimapur. PAC, following a Meeting held on June 25, 2020, had served an Ultimatum to the State Government till July 31 to initiate an anti-crime act similar to the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) or the Goonda Act to control organised crime which has become rampant in Nagaland. The present day Government is in deep hibernation and has paid the least regard for PAC and other Civil Societies who have come out to address grievances of the general public.
However, such hibernation cannot last forever and the present day Government will have to come out in the open and face the harsh reality sooner or later. The rage of the general public is growing every single day and the final culmination is not very far off, it said.
Several problems in the State have emerged because the instruments of law and order remain totally unresponsive as was disclosed by the Governor himself in his letter to the Chief Minister. Healthcare and education have hit rock bottom while the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has made the matter worse.
Grievances of the general public and of those in various Quarantine Centres continue to surface every now and then and yet, many of those go unattended. Tuensang and Peren fiascos are best examples which portray the incompetency and negligence of the Government in handling the pandemic which today, may possibly be at the verge of community transmission. The genuine demands of the Eastern Naga People Organisation (ENPO) and the Zeliangrong Students Union, Nagaland (ZSUN) have not found its way to any logical conclusion till today, it stated.
Nepotism has become the hallmark of the Government; NPF
While the State is in a mess, nepotism has become the hallmark of the Government, the most recent example being the State Cabinet decision to regularize the post of 27 GDMOs who were appointed on contractual basis on May 27, 2020 for a period of 12 months, said NPF communique.
The decision was taken on the excuse that there was shortage of manpower to contain the COVID-19 pandemic which however had to be revoked when pressure started mounting on the Government. Adding to the over-all burden of the general public, COVID Cess was levied on Diesel and Petrol at Rs. 5 and Rs. 6 respectively which has led to sharp price rise of various commodities in the State today.
Assessing the present state of affairs, NPF said, the Government is not for the welfare of its citizens as it ought to be. In any case, the autocratic functioning of the State Government since the past more than 2 years speaks for itself.