Sunday, August 1, 2021

NPF MLAs urge Nagas to speak out against Citizenship Bill

Dimapur, January 13: NPF MLAs from Zunheboto, Y Vikheho Swu and Er Picto Shohe today appealed to the people of Nagaland to speak out against the inaction of PDA Government on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, which they said would become the biggest threat to the indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland and the Northeast in general.
They also asked the NDPP to think on its alliance with the BJP and introspect on how the government is functioning and under whose direction and dictate.
In a joint press statement, the 2 MLAs also lashed out at the PDA government for delaying the release of grant-in-aid.
They said the unsettling revelation in the unprecedented delay in release of funds, amounting to Rs 96 crore by the Leader of NPF Legislature Party, T R Zeliang has been a jolt to the “callous” NDPP led government and a wake up call for the Naga people.
The future of Nagaland looks grim, should this government continue to stoop as low as in even depriving the rural poor of the state its basic due shares, they added.
The MLAs further stated that the clarification and rebuttal by the RD Department regarding the backlog year only corroborates the apprehension of the hand of officials, along with the Minister in-charge, in changing the High Level Committee’s sub-allocation.
Stating that the government should learn to work for the welfare and not against the interest of the Nagas, the MLAs appealed to the concerned department to release the Grant-in-Aid at the earliest to all the districts as further delaying would tantamount to snatching away the shares of rural section of the state. (Page News Service)