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Incompetence of political leadership in Nagaland glaring: NPCC

Dimapur, April 13: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has hit out at the PDA Government in the State for its exclusive approach towards fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and with the first coronavirus positive case in the State now detected has appealed to the State Government to rise up to the occasion and create an all inclusive approach.
“The reluctance of state government to opt for participatory approach from all political parties is baffling,” it said.
In a press release, the NPCC claimed that as the threat of pandemic increases, the incompetence of political leadership in Nagaland is more glaring than ever before. “Last minute work in sprucing up some hospitals or health centers will not be enough to handle the flow of patients if COVID infection spreads. Nagaland by now should have COVID-19 Testing Lab in place other than being assured that it is in progress. Deficiency of PPEs and other critical medical equipments still continues which is utterly disgraceful and demoralizing to those frontline health care workers,” it stated.
Stating that the midnight announcement on April 12 about the first COVID-19 positive case from Nagaland has confirmed the worst fears of people living under lockdown for past 20 days, the NPCC remarked that the announcement of the positive case came not from the State authorities but from Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, which caught the State Government completely unaware.
Claiming that inspection visits to hospitals, distribution of some medical kits and food items is the only visible work of the PDA Government headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio who has been at the helm for major part of past 17 years, the NPCC said, “If only importance was given to social and health sectors, things would have not been as bad as it is now. The uninterrupted focus on festivals, entertainment and other merry making activities has exposed Nagaland badly before the nation as things stand today.”
The State Congress also noted that the ruling party legislators are on a publicity spree while handing over Government procured items like hand sanitizers, mask, gloves and food items to district administration or people. “The public are being made to believe that the essential items are being personally procured and donated by the minister or ruling MLA which is distressing in these extraordinary times.”
The NPCC claimed that in the past month alone, hundreds of crores have been sanctioned by Government of India to fight COVID-19, it said besides this funds enough food grains have been made available to the extent of provisioning 3 months share in advance to ration card holders. It was also announced that major part of State Disaster Management Funding is being used to procure rice for distribution to cover even those without ration cards, it pointed out.
“However, available reports points out huge deficiency in ground delivery which is laced with discrimination and favoritism particularly on political lines,” it alleged.
Asking the State Government to create an all inclusive approach, the NPCC stated that all districts and assembly constituencies must be given fair and equal treatment without any political bias. “These are extraordinary times when our own lives are at stake, we cannot simply create own silos and perish like fools. There will be enough time to do politicking if we survive this pandemic,” it said and urged the people of Nagaland other than those needed in frontline fight to stay home and be safe. (Page News Service)

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