NPF accuses PDA Govt of “snatching credit” for NPSC reform

NPF accuses PDA Govt of  “snatching credit” for NPSC reform

Dimapur, March 13: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has accused the newly formed PDA Government in Nagaland of attempting “to snatch credit” for something done by the past NPF-led Government.
Reacting to reports in a section of the media that the PDA Government led by Neiphiu Rio has announced some major changes in recruitment and composition rules of the Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC), the NPF claimed that it was the NPF Government under TR Zeliang who had brought the changes.
Giving a sequence of how the amendments and reforms in the Recruitment Rules of NPSC came about, the NPF said after the PSAN had voiced out for change in the NPSC recruitment rules, in December 2017 on the invitation from the then Chief Minister of Nagaland TR Zeliang, the PCC, under which the PSAN group was also a member party, held two rounds of deliberation at the Chief Minister’s Residential Office. In that meeting the Chief Minister assured that their demands would be met and likewise, in the subsequent Cabinet meeting that followed in the month of December 2017, the demands of the PSAN group were approved along with the much demanded Lokayukta Bill 2015.
“Now for the unabashed PDA government to hijack the good deeds of the past NPF-led government is most obnoxious. To think that such reforms could be initiated even before the PDA could settle its internal disputes arising out of portfolio distribution and without convening a single sitting of the Cabinet to discuss the issue, is beyond any sensible person’s imagination,” it said.
The NPF maintained that as much as the credit for bringing about “transparency and meritocracy” in the highest recruitment body of Nagaland should go to the wise decision of the then Chief Minister TR Zeliang, the efforts and sacrifices of the PSAN and other groups cannot be undermined.
“The much chanted “Change is Coming” mantra of the PDA must be manifested in reality while refraining from stealing accolades for things they have not done,” it allleged.
Stating that the NPF is ever ready to play the role of a constructive opposition for the welfare and development of the State, the NPF questioned if the PDA Government is willing to work in accordance with the wishes and wants of the public.
“A puppet leader cannot lead his people, the logic of which is self-explanatory in the Rio setup. To be a leader is to be able to sacrifice for one’s flock with focus on the welfare of one’s followers. Rio’s ‘Leading from the front’ policy without caring to look back and pacify his flock will sooner or later give room for his followers to desert him completely,” it added. (Page News Service)