‘Too Late Too Little’- NPF on Incentives & ex-gratia

Kohima, April 21 (NE): The Naga People’s Front (NPF) through a press communique on April 21, 2020, demanded the Govt. to reveal the present status of the patient from Dimapur who was tested positive at Guwahati and the steps taken thus far for the safety of the citizens of Nagaland.

‘Almost everyday there is discovery of loopholes in its action towards tackling the pandemic. The general public by and large have been extending co-operation in whatever manner they can but the Government is unable to deliver as per the desire and expectations of the people. It is difficult to understand how the present PDA Government is actually handling the present pandemic’, it stated.

Unlike other days, sufficient funds are placed under their disposal both from the Central Govt. as well as through the generous donations of various individuals and organisations, still then, the govt. of the day is unable to tackle the pandemic effectively.

The NPF maintains that the longer this present govt. hold on the reins the more problem it would be for the general public as they have proven themselves their incompetency in many ways to tackle the present pandemic.

‘The lockdown has officially started only on March 24, 2020 but the warning bell of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was ringing as early as the first week of March 2020 and therefore the Govt. of the day ought to have geared-up all its machineries well ahead of time to face the situation. It is absolutely bizarre that even after a lapse of so many days and weeks the Govt. of the day is still under preparation stage and nothing is ready on the ground which should infact prick their conscience and step down on moral ground’, it added.

The lockdown is nearing almost 30 days now and only yesterday the Govt. announced some incentives/ex-gratia for the frontline workers of Covid-19 pandemic which is “Too Late Too Little”. Had there been any casualty amongst the frontline workers prior to this announcement what would have been the reaction of the Govt.?, asked NPF.

Almost all the State Government have taken these measures/steps long before the lockdown or right after the lockdown was announced whereas, the PDA Govt. is taking this step only when the lockdown is about to be over and that too the amount indicated for the professionals/working person and the students is too meagre especially for those people who are stranded outside the state.

‘It may be pointed out that Media plays an important role during this time of crisis and particularly at the time of pandemic, they are considered as frontline workers and risk their lives while dedicating their services and hence their relentless sacrifices are included in essential service list.

Other states have either announced ex-gratia or incentives to all govt accredited journalists as they are also in the frontline but this time the state govt have not announced any ex-gratia or incentive for media personnel in Nagaland. While performing their duties, the media should also be given a well equipped protective gear,’ it added.

The NPF have pointed out earlier about the lack of co-ordination amongst the various department in managing the affairs of the present pandemic. The high handedness of the police on duty is surfacing almost every day.

The Dimapur incident of harassing the Doctor on duty by the police is again repeated in Wokha where another Doctor was badly manhandled by the police at Wokha Town which is highly condemnable.

This clearly indicates lack of coordination within the Govt. which evidently reflects the incompetency of the Government. With all these incidences coupled with poor PPE kits the question arises whether the frontline workers especially the medical fraternity would give their best to perform their duties diligently, the NPF said.