KOHIMA, MAY 20: The State Government has given a clarion call to all political parties, NGOs, tribal bodies and the Church for a collective effort to battle the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the State.
But it has not officially met the political parties to work out a common strategy.
The Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio-led People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government is yet to officially communicate or meet the Opposition, Naga People’s Front (NPF) and other political parties to work out a common strategy to fight the pandemic. But the NPF said they are on the job, in whatever little possible way they could afford to help the people in a fight against the pandemic.
“There is no information about our elected party members being asked to join the ruling Government’s effort to fight COVID-19 pandemic” said a senior NPF lawmaker.
The Cock party has been critical of the Government’s style of handling the current situation.
Last year the Government has entrusted tasks to Opposition MLAs but that did not sustain long.
A senior NPF lawmaker, Yitachu said they have not received any official communiqué or invitation from the State Government for a united effort to fight the surging pandemic but as an individual, and party leaders, they have been trying their best alongside with the people to fight the COVID-19. One such instance is they have been encouraging people get vaccinated and creating awareness against stigmatization.
He also said contact tracing was effective and the correct measure during the first wave, but in the second wave such exercise alone is not enough and that agencies and the Health Department should embark on cluster-wise mass testing if at all to win the fight against the pandemic. “We are trying our best in all possible ways to convince people to go for testing” he added.
The Congress, which has cautioned the Government against the possibility of a third wave, said Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s appeal for collective effort to fight the pandemic was just lip service. “Chief Minister’s appeal is just limited to lip service as he doesn’t bother to take all on board” a spin-doctor of the party said. He said a recent all political party meeting, which was convened by the Governor, should have been convened long ago.
Governor RN Ravi has already convened a meeting with all political parties, Government officials, tribal Hohos, NGOs and the Church, to garner collective effort in the fight against COVID-19.
Rio also appealed to all political parties, tribal hohos and civil society organizations to set aside their differences during these trying times, and come forward to unitedly battle the pandemic.
(Page News Service)