‘There is no transparency, no accountability’
Kohima, August 27: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) today said contrary to what the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA) had promised to the people, the six months old Government has been blemished by protests and agitations due to poor governance.
Addressing a press conference this evening at the party Central Office here, NPF spokesman, Achumbemo Kikon said agitations and protests from various quarters has marred the PDA Government which has given false promises to the people. Protests by the people clearly reflect the governance of the PDA Government. He said there was no transparency and accountability in the affairs of the Government which has totally negated what the NDPP and BJP had promised to the people.
“No steps have been taken to implement transparency and accountability,” he claimed.
“There are lots of discrepancies in the Government and there is no transparency and accountability,” alleged Kikon. He said promise of development within 100 days was just a mockery as nothing was visible at the ground. He said the promised good roads in all the district headquarters could not be fulfilled, adding “there was no sign of repair of roads”.
The NPF spokesman also ridiculed the PDA government over doing away with the VIP culture but in contrary appointing several people with VIP status.
Kikon said PDA’s promise of disclosing the assets of Ministers, MLAs and their spouses has gone into thin air.
He also rebuffed the State Government over the deteriorating law and order situation in the State citing a recent incident of stopping a construction of a four-lane road between Kohima and Dimapur by miscreants. He said the condition of safety and security of the people in the interior areas has been left to their own fate. “People are no more safe and secure under PDA Government. The current situation is contrary to what the PDA Government claimed,” he said.
On the Urban Local Bodies vis-a-vis 33 percent women reservation, Kikon said the previous Government led by the NPF had tried to conduct the elections with women reservation after series of consultations with tribal hohos but subsequently when elections were called politics creep in and sabotaged the process.
He said elections were called for ULB as directed by the court and added that if elections are to be held for the local bodies there would have to be proper consultations with all sections of people and that the opposition NPF should be fully taken into confidence.
On grant of aid to the Village Development Boards (VDBs) as claimed by Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio during the Indian Independence Day on August 15, Kikon said PDA Government had tried to take credit out of the efforts of the previous Government. He said as requested by the previous Government the Niti Ayog had granted Rs 185.08 crore on November 8, 2017. But before the Government could disburse the amount election was announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI). He said PDA Government came in and distributed the amount to the villages. “It is the effort of the last Government,” he asserted.
On the shortage of essential commodities in several places in the State due to havoc created by the rain, the cock spokesman flayed the Government for neglecting the people and asked the Government to come to the rescue of the affected people. “PDA Government has not taken timely action for the affected people. PDA Government is not doing its job,” Kikon alleged.
Reacting to the controversies surrounding the immersion of ashes of former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the NPF expressed regret over the manner in which the BJP was handling the issue in the State hurting the sentiment of section of people. He said due to mishandling of the entire matter now Naga people have been projected as intolerant people. He asked the saffron party to remain as a political party and not to indulge in religious activities which is against India’s secularism. He accused BJP of being deviating from the political arena. “BJP should remain as a political party and should not mix with the religion,” the NPF spokesman said.
Kikon lauded the statesmanship of the former PM and his recognition of the Naga political issue, but at the same time he regretted how BJP has mishandled the situation generating furore from some quarters. “We should not make a controversy and respect the departed leader,” he insisted.
NPF press chief, Atou Liezietsu said despite agitation from the student community the State Government has been releasing post matric scholarship to only merit students. He asked the Government to release the scholarship to all the deserving students and not only to selected students. (Page News Service)