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July 7 OM: PDA Govt shifting blame on Governor, alleges Shürhozelie

Shurhozelie

Dimapur, July 30: NPF president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu has accused the PDA Government of trying to shift responsibility of its decision on the Governor of Nagaland over the July 7 office memorandum asking State employees to self declare whether any of their family members or relatives are in underground organizations.
“While implementing their own decision on the one hand and shifting the blame to others on the other hand is a very serious procedural lapse. By all means of explanations, the Government alone is fully responsible for all its Cabinet decisions,” he said.
In a statement, Shürhozelie said after receiving a reminder letter from the Governor on 24th June 2020 regarding signing of a format by Government employees to declare whether any of their family members or relatives are in underground organizations, the matter was taken up by the State Cabinet on July 3 under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister and approved it.
Accordingly, the Chief Secretary had issued an O.M on 7th July 2020 in which all Government employees were directed to sign a format declaring if any of their family members or relatives is in underground organizations.
But after the NSCN (IM) as well NNPGs reacted sharply to the OM on July 22, the next day the Nagaland Government, in a statement issued through the DIPR, said it was done at the behest of the Raj Bhavan, he said.
Highlighting that Cabinet memoranda are normally prepared based on any urgent matter that requires the decision of the Government; Shürhozelie said when Cabinet meeting is convened, these memoranda are put up to the Cabinet for its decision, and after thorough deliberations, the Cabinet will give its decision in the best way they deemed it proper, and that becomes the decision of the Government.
“Suggestions, proposals or memoranda can come from any quarter but the Cabinet, which is the final authority, can either take up or reject such proposal, suggestion or memorandum. If any of its decision does not fall in line with the wishes of certain sections of people, the Cabinet still remains the final authority to either withdraw or revoke its own decision,” he said.
“But while implementing their own decision on the one hand and shifting the blame to others on the other hand is a very serious procedural lapse. By all means of explanations, the Government alone is fully responsible for all its Cabinet decisions. But if they do so, that Government becomes an irresponsible Government because of shifting their responsibility to others for their own creation. If a Government becomes irresponsible, there are also conventional provision for the Constitutional head of the State to recommend the matter to the Central Government for its decision.”
Stating that any Government trying to shift the blame to others for its own decision is an act of demonstrating the decaying type of political life of the State, Shürhozelie termed as unfortunate that such action has gone into the record of the Nagaland State parliamentary history during our time. “This is, indeed, a clear departure from the normal track of perennial Parliamentary system of Government in a country which is known as the largest democracy in the world,” he added. (Page News Service)

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