DIMAPUR, MAY 23: The Dimapur Ao Youth Organization (DAYO) has expressed disappointment at and shock over the high cost of burial in the new Naga Cemetery, Dimapur, managed by the Naga Council Dimapur (NCD), and urged the District administration to immediately intervene and initiate corrective measures.
In a press release, DAYO maintained that with the rise in COVID fatality in the District, it will be more humane that “at least a community-based welfare organization, which is self sustaining, should make free burial for COVID-19 deaths.” It also wanted that the poorest of the poor be exempted from paying any burial fees.
Of late there are public murmuring and complaints of making burial an expensive profitable business at the cost of people’s misery while performing their last rites, it said.
Currently, an amount of Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 18,000 per burial is charged at the new Naga Cemetery, Dimapur, informed DAYO sources.
‘5 silent MLAs’
DAYO also bemoaned the silence of the 5 elected MLAs representing Dimapur District when the district is facing one of the worst COVID-19 crises in the State.
“Currently, Dimapur district is facing the worst COVID crisis and as such all frontline workers, Churches, civil societies, individuals as well as the administration are putting their best efforts to win this deadly pandemic. However, it is disturbing that the 5 MLAs, representing Dimapur district, choose to remain silent during such unprecedented times”, the youth organization said.
Stating that citizens of the district expect its elected representatives to be role models, the DAYO lamented that the 5 MLAs appears to be shying away from their responsibilities. It appealed to the 5 MLAs to rescue the public they represent and lead by example.
The Organization also termed as fortunate that the State Government has already procured 400 jumbo (D type) and 800 B-type oxygen cylinders along with 150 oxygen concentrators from the World Health Organization (WHO) and with more to arrive in coming days adding to the already existing resources.
However, it also observed that Nagaland has a healthy record of converting public property into private owned very conveniently in terms of resources and fund allocations. It, therefore, requested the State Government to make public the distribution of all available resources and also judiciously allocate life-saving machineries and tools based upon severity of case load and not necessarily State capital based as more often is the case.
“This will also prove the efficiency, transparency and sincerity of governance”, it said and appealed to all civil societies, public organizations and others to be vigilant “over such activities where Government properties disappears and becomes private properties in no time.”
Meanwhile acknowledging all the Good Samaritan and philanthropic works by various Churches, community-based organizations, civil organizations and individuals towards the common fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the DAYO requested all its members to continue their co-operation and selfless services towards all initiatives undertaken by different Ao Churches with the understanding that each one of us are faithful members to the Church we belong to.
(Page News Service)