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NPF spotlights Govt.’s ‘financial mismanagement’

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Says State Govt. failed to fund Health Centres in District HQs & Sub-Divisions

DIMAPUR, MAY 26: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has hit out at what it stated was the Nagaland Government’s financial mismanagement and failure to fund Health Centres in district Headquarters and Sub-Divisions.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the opposition party said that the State Government has not shown any of its collections and expenses, “proving the financial mismanagement of last year’s State Budget”.

Even as the 15% of pro rata cut from Non Plan collection, and how it was spent, was never disclosed in public domain, the State Government has increased it to 20% for this fiscal, it added.
“Normally, the Plan and Non-Plan chargeable heads are under different categories of funding and after having exhausted the Non-Plan Fund from the pro rata cut, there is no sign of any developmental activities from out of the Plan Fund in the State. The biggest mystery that the general public should ponder upon is, ‘How the Government had spent it?’, ‘Where the Government had spent it all?'”, it read.
The Party maintained that increasing number of collections have been made in the name of COVID-19 expenses, whereas the Central Government has been giving a number of fund allocations even during the current financial year.
How the State Government is “extravagantly spending” is yet another mystery, the NPF stated.
According to the party, all Health Centres in the District Headquarters or Sub-Divisions in the rural areas have received no allocations in the name of COVID-19.
“It was learnt that despite setting up of District Disaster Management Authority in various Districts, there were no proper fund allocation, which was suppose to be given to various management authorities as they are considered the main ground-level workers,” it stated.
The NPF maintained that due recognition and allowances should be given to the Village Councils/Town Ward Councils/Municipal Councils and various other Civil Societies and NGOs, “who are the main warriors in serving the public during this pandemic”.
“The frontline workers, particularly, Medical/Security/Police personnel, who have been giving extra efforts should be given extra recognition and allowances too. The Government should not take any advantage out of the pandemic for their personal benefit”, it asserted.

When individuals, Churches and many other Civil Societies are making various contributions in terms of monetary funds, spiritual, material and physical help, the Government should give all its resources and efforts towards fighting the pandemic, it added. The Party stated Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, in his fourth tenure, has time and again proved wrong the Naga people’s high expectation on his leadership due to the ever increasing mismanagement of the State Fund, and corruption.
It called upon the State Government to be “sincere and serious enough”, as worse times are likely to hit the State if the present trend of corruption continues. (Page News Service)