Dimapur, August 2: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has urged the PDA Government to review its decision of profiling Government servants “as this exercise will only engender more suspicions within our society than meeting the desired result” as proposed by the State Government.
Terming the decision of the PDA Government directing State Government employees to declare their relatives working in the Naga national movement set-up as “either a sheer ignorance of the history of the Naga political movement or deliberate attempt to victimize some innocent individuals”, the NPF press bureau in a statement observed, “Perhaps the PDA Govt. has viewed the Naga political issue from very narrow perspectives which is very unfortunate.”
The NPF said it has been consistently maintaining that the Naga political issue can be resolved only through peaceful means and not by way of brute force. “As a matter of fact, any steps that are detrimental to the present political dialogue should be discouraged in toto as it would be too costly if the present opportunity is missed again without hammering out an honourable solution like the political negotiations in the past.”
The statement maintained that the attempt of the PDA Government in profiling the list of Government servants who has relatives in the Naga national movement set-up is a step that will bring more distrust between the general public and the Government machinery.
“One of the primary reasons amongst many is that the Naga political issue is close to everybody’s heart as far as Nagas are concerned. Hence, the entire Nagas irrespective of being a Govt. servant or not are either closely connected emotionally or intellectually with the Naga political issue. It is an open secret and a fact which cannot be denied that every Naga is connected to the issue either in one way or the other. Under such circumstances, profiling of Govt. servants who have relatives in the Naga National Movement set-up will not only be a futile exercise but would also drive the Nagas further from bringing closer to the parliamentary system of governance. Moreover, it will trigger more social unrest in our society and ultimately jeopardize the hard-earned peace process which we all, as peace loving citizens, ought to guard passionately from endangering the ongoing peace process,” it said.
“Should the present Govt. go ahead with this very decision of profiling the Govt. servants, it would be nothing but an endeavour of positioning the Naga political issue in “anti-clock wise,” it added.
On the rejoinder issued by the NDPP on the statement given by the NPF president and the leader of the NPF legislature wing/LoP on the way the PDA is running the affairs of Government, the statement said, “Perhaps the NDPP could not swallow the bitter truth that has been revealed by the NPF President and the Leader of the Opposition on how a popular govt. should function in a parliamentary democracy. The PDA cannot shy away from its responsibilities by shifting the blame to the Raj Bhavan so long as they run the Government.”
Stating that everything has a system to follow and the PDA Government is no exception, the NPF claimed that as pointed out by its president “sometimes the PDA forget that they are running a government which is very unfortunate for our citizens.”
“The PDA Govt. is a government which cannot take responsibilities of its own decision. Even profiling of Govt. servants, the PDA Govt. is desperately making an attempt to shift its responsibility although the Cabinet decided on 3rd July 2020 on this very issue. Any Govt. which cannot stand on its decision and which cannot protect its employees/citizens have no right whatsoever to run the Government hence NPF reiterates its demand that the PDA Govt. should step down on moral ground,” it said.
Meanwhile the NPF while congratulating the Governor of Nagaland, RN Ravi on his completion of one year in the office as Governor of Nagaland impressed upon him to put the Naga political issue in its right perspective for the interest of all stakeholders.
The NPF also reminded the Governor that Naga people in general have high hope on him as someone who is capable of delivering an honourable solution to the Naga political issue as he is a signatory to the Framework Agreement signed on behalf of the Government of India right in the presence of the Prime Minister of India on 3rd August 2015 at New Delhi.
(Page News Service)