Says clearly visible now State suffering from leadership crisis
DIMAPUR, JULY 18: Terming it a “cowardly attitude of this Government” and an “authoritarian nonsense”, the Rising People’s Party (RPP) has called for revocation of Nagaland Government’s announcement on July 17 that employees of Civil Secretariat and Directorates, who have not been vaccinated or are unable to produce COVID negative reports every 15 days, will not receive salaries after July 31.
In a press release issued on Sunday, RPP urged the Chief Secretary to cancel this notification with immediate effect.
“This authoritarian nonsense has no place in a democracy like India. It’s clearly visible now that the State is suffering from leadership crisis. There are ways and means to tackle issues. Instead of ordering the lakhs of Government employees to take and pay for every TrueNat/Rt-PCR/CBNAAT tests once in 15 days from their own pockets, any Government which does not treat its own employees with contempt should provide the tests free of costs”, it stated.
The Party demanded that instead of harassing its own employees, the State Government should set up a separate COVID testing facility, specifically for its employees.
“Another very important dimension is the choice factor. The Meghalaya High Court, in its order dated 24th June 2021, has held that forceful or mandatory vaccination violates the fundamental rights of a person. With this notification, the Nagaland Government is walking on thin line.
“Not only is the July 17 notification irrational, it raises a pertinent issue. By forcing lakhs of State employees to take tests every 15 days, suspicion is being raised that the State Government is trying to mobilise funds through dubious methods. It’s nothing but extortion. After having made a blunder with the cess on fuel, the State Government is again playing with the livelihood of its own employees”, it stated.
(Page News Service)