Sheer criminal negligence of the state govt once again exposed; NPCC

Sheer criminal negligence of Nagaland state government once again exposed; Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC)

Kohima, May 27 (NE): Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) hits out at the State Government for its negligence on transferring a COVID-19 patient to Tuensang without waiting for the test result which was declared positive.

The NPCC through a press release on May 27, 2020, expressed shock that one returnee who was among 169 passengers packed off from Kohima without waiting for test results which was declared positive only after reaching Tuensang.

The increase of COVID-19 positive cases in Nagaland is not surprising as most of the recent returnees were from Chennai which is one of the major COVID-19 hotspots in the country. However, the sheer criminal negligence of the state govt has once again been exposed when 169 returnees were sent back to Tuensang after just 3 days of institutional quarantine at Kohima wherein the govt violated its own 14 days institutional quarantine rule, it stated.

It is a great misfortune for Nagaland that is witnessing the state government in a state of total panic after repeatedly assuring the people that they are well prepared during the initials days of lockdown. By its actions, the govt seems more concerned about saving its political face rather than save the people of Nagaland and the rot in the government runs deep and this will only aggravate the lives of the citizens during this pandemic, it added.

NPCC alleged that while displaying extreme callousness in handling returnees from other districts by fudging quarantine rules according to its convenience, the state government has totally abdicated its responsibility to the people of Nagaland. Its eagerness to be held hostage by the diktats of some Civil Society Organisations and local bodies has sliced opened the wounds of discrimination and imbalanced share of development that is visible all over the state.

Further, NPCC demanded that the Hon’ble Governor step in to salvage the situation by dismissing the incompetent and callous government that is only interested in clinging on to power at whatever cost, as the present government has failed on all fronts. It’s continuation in office will only prolong the miseries suffered by the people that is becoming unbearable with each passing day, it said.