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4 NSCN groups deny seeking ‘share of COVID funds’

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DIMAPUR, JUNE 18: After a Nagaland MLA revealed that cadres of 7/8 factions are demanding share of funds received from the Centre for COVID-19 management; four NSCN factions have denied involvement in demanding “share of COVID funds”.

Talking to NE Live New Channel, State Advisor for School Education, KT Sukhalu had termed as unfortunate that some 7/8 factions in Zunheboto are demanding percentages from funds that is received for COVID Hospital and COVID related issues.
“It is very unfortunate, I was informed that various factions, I believe there are 7/8 factions in Zunheboto, they are demanding percentages from the doctors and nurses from the funds that is received for the COVID hospital and for the COVID-related issues. At this juncture when the whole world is battling to contain this spread of COVID and when the State with its meagre fund is trying to ensure public safety, trying to see that the public do not succumb to this COVID disease, now if these factions start demanding money from the hospital, how can you snatch away the food or the medicine for the patient”, he was reported as saying.
Sukhalu also appealed to the various factions not to involve in such activities. “I would appeal to the various factions, whichever cadre it is, they should not involve in such activities. And I would like to appeal to the higher authorities of the various factions to refrain and restrain their boys from such activities.”
NSCN (IM): Reacting to the report, the NSCN (IM) clarified that it has nothing to do with the news report of Northeast Live wherein NSCN name was mentioned. “We are in total solidarity with the State Government’s fight against the wicked COVID-19. We are, therefore, not involved in any manner that goes against humanity at this particular juncture where all Nagas, irrespective of social/political standing are expected to fight together”, said a statement issued by the MIP NSCN/GPRN.
The NSCN (IM) Sumi Region also denied involvement of NSCN (IM) members in “seeking a share from COVID fund/funds”.
“No person in individual capacity or authorized members from Finance Department, Regional Authority or Army wing is involved in COVID fund share seeking”, said CAO (Caretaker), Sumi region, NSCN/GPRM, Pasheto Chishi Swu in a rejoinder.
The NSCN/GPRN also has moral obligation in fighting against COVID-19 pandemic for the humanity. The least we can do is check the corrupted system instead of getting involved in it”, he stated.
GPRN/NSCN: The GPRN/NSCN Sumi Region has also denied involvement in seeking share of COVID funds in Zunheboto District. “No member from GPRN/NSCN is neither directly nor indirectly involved in the said allegation”, said a press release issued by Kheshiho Yeputho, Regional Administrative Officer (RAO), Sumi Region, GPRN/NSCN.
However, taking serious note of report, he said Sumi regional authorities met leaders of Sumi Hoho, Zunheboto GB Union, Zunheboto Chamber of Commerce members and other civil authorities to contemplate and investigate the person/party responsible and involved in such despicable conduct.
“Nevertheless, GPRN would not take such incomprehensible steps in this trying time but would be most willing to instead assist the health workers in whatever manner we may be needed in the collective effort of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic”, he said.
The GPRN/NSCN denounced the irresponsible and inhumane activity of whosoever concerned, and assured that it would be ever happy to assist the citizens as and when needed.
NSCN (R): The NSCN (R) also denied involvement in demanding share from COVID-19 funds. “As far as NSCN (R) is concerned, our stance is crystal clear as declared in all leading esteemed dailies and publication houses on 25/05/2021, reminding all cadres not to fall short of grace in seeking financial assistances even from our patrons, sympathisers or business communities during these trying times, let alone demanding for shares from COVID funds”, its MIP said in a press release.
However, NSCN (R) did not rule out “some unscrupulous elements, both cadres or non-cadres, maybe taking advantage for their personal gain.” And if such is the case, it wanted that specific names (including faction) and other particular details be disclosed, to enable respective factions to investigate.
“Whatsoever if perchance, any of our cadres are found involved, either directly or indirectly, severe actions of very serious nature will be initiated”, it assured.

However, if particular names or factions cannot be provided, the NSCN (R) advised responsible persons, groups, sources, etc to verify properly before issuing any “unconfirmed or irresponsible or corroded” statements in public domain and in news media, since the NSCN (R), like any other, is equally concerned with the pandemic threat and also hoping and praying for better times to come.
NSCN/GPRN (Khango): The NSCN/GPRN (Khango) has also denied demanding share of COVID-19 funds. “The NSCN/GPRN hereby declares that at any point of time, it has not sought/demanded shares/percentages from COVID funds as claimed. Rather, the NSCN, as a whole, feels and knows its obligation to contribute towards the war against this dreaded pandemic”, said another statement issued by the MIP NSCN/GPRN (Khango).
The NSCN also asked the MLA, KT Sukhalu, to verify and reveal the identities of those who made such demands thereby maligning the image of the NSCN as a whole.
(Page News Service)