‘COVID fund details available on Deptts websites’
DIMAPUR, JUNE 7: The ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) today claimed that the State Government “has been performing on a war footing” against the COVID-19 pandemic in a transparent manner.
Reacting to criticism by Opposition parties in the State on the Government’s response to COVID-19 pandemic and its financial management, the PDA media cell claimed that financial managements and usage of public funds are all available on the websites of the concerned Departments and there are also democratic avenues through platforms like RTI.
“While it is the Government’s bounden duty to make its performance and duties transparently known to the people, it is also the responsibility of those questioning to ensure that allegations are substantiated and based on facts. Statements should not be made just for the sake of criticism or for creation of sensationalism, especially at a time like now, when we all need to unite as one to overcome the challenges that we face every hour”, it said.
Appreciating the constructive suggestions and highlighting of the challenges by the Opposition, the statement said the concerned Government Departments are seriously following up on the matters that have been flagged. However the situation demands that responsible parties and senior leaders should conduct themselves accordingly if they are to gain the respect of the masses, it said.
The PDA said it had abstained from being drawn into any media confrontation “as it is not only undesired during such a time of global crisis but the PDA feels that it is irresponsible to instigate a media war for mere publicity.”
Accusing the Opposition of “making several false allegations of late”, the PDA maintained that while constructive criticism is appreciated and welcomed, it is unbecoming of responsible parties and senior leaders to simply make wild allegations without any authenticity and made merely to get media attention.
The PDA also claimed that the State Government, despite implementing lockdown, had made all possible efforts to ensure that economic activities are not severely hampered. National Highways, inter-district movements, economic activities, construction works and essential services were allowed to continue while adhering to SOPs. Home deliveries, courier services, hardware establishments, movement of construction materials, etc., were all permitted, it claimed.
“Government offices and public establishments have functioned by strictly following SOPs so that there are no shortfalls in administration and governance. While restrictions do cause inconveniences, all possible efforts have been made to ensure that economic activities were not completely shut down.”
The statement also claimed that the Government has made arrangements throughout the State to address any issue of distressed people under the aegis of the District Task Force (DTF). “Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic in 2020, the Government had established DTFs in every district and honourable elected members of both the Treasury and Opposition Benches, including representatives of civil societies were incorporated in the DTFs. Therefore, concerns of any section could have been transparently addressed through the DTFs instead of making unconfirmed allegations though the media”, it said.
Appreciating all sections of the people for the positive cooperation extended towards observation of lockdown and thereby continuing to lower the pandemic graph in the State, the PDA stated that the maintenance of lockdown and the fight against the COVID-19 disease is not only the Government’s responsibility but it is a collective battle all over the world. It appreciated the Naga people for bearing with the inconveniences and making sacrifices for each other’s safety.
“Our special appreciation goes to all the frontline workers, especially the medical fraternity who continue to make significant sacrifices round the clock to keep the citizens of the State safe. The PDA also feels blessed and motivated by the contributions of the Churches, civil societies, tribal hohos, NGOs and all other sections.”
The PDA further expressed sincere condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones during the pandemic while appreciating the frontline workers who continue to work day and night for all our safety.
(Page News Service)