Last updated on: February 10, 2020 at 11:27 pm IST
Kohima, February 10: Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) today attacked Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton for his alleged public statement asking NPSC aspirants clearing written exams to approach him for help.
MLA Kuzholuzo Azo Nienu participating in the debate on motion of thanks to the Governor’s address in the Assembly, presented the various reports and statements circulating the social media as well as print media on the issue in the floor of the Assembly, asked if the Deputy CM means that he would use his position and power to push his candidates through NPSC or make some exchange with the department or provide incentives to promote his own people.
“Where is the future of the State and younger generation if the very fabric of NPSC is questionable,” Azo questioned, while also sarcastically thanking “Patton for trying to expose the nefarious activities and malpractices in NPSC in a very diplomatic manner.”
“We thought he is not only the minister of one constituency and tribe but it exposes the act of nepotism, favouritism and tribalism forgetting the oath of office,” he said.
On the Lotha students’ letter highlighting the discrimination of their merit candidates in the past, Azo said “in reality if they are being discriminated, an enquiry board needs to be set-up”. He asked the State Governor and Government not to remain silent while also urging the Governor to set up an independent inquiry body at the earliest or forward the case to Lokayukta.
Azo also requested those in power to use their powers judiciously in trying to deliver goods and services to the people instead of just thinking of one constituency and tribe alone but think of the entire Nagas altogether.
Nienu said “foot in the mouth disease” should be avoided as a responsible leader.
But Minister for Higher and Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along defended Patton on his alleged “foot in the mouth disease” statement on NPSC. He said Patton’s statement was misinterpreted and that he never spoke that he would lobby with NPSC for the meritorious and successful candidates from Lotha community.
He said Patton’s intention was to guide those successful candidates and that justice would be delivered to them. “It is needless to question the sanctity of the NPSC,” he said.
He asked Governor to reject a letter which has been written to him to look into the alleged anomalies in the NPSC.
Law & Order
Also participating in the debate, MLA Dr Imtiwapang Aier while congratulating the State Government for being conferred with the award of ‘Best performing small state in law and order’ for two consecutive years, questioned if the overall law and order situation was improving than what was the necessity for the Centre to extent Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) by another six months in December 2019.
Also quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for saying in his radio Mann Ki Baat programme that insurgency problem has come down and peace reigns in the North East region, Dr Aier lamented the extension of AFSPA. He questioned whether the Central Government consulted the State Government while extending AFSPA.
MLA Dr Chumben Murry expressing that all is not well with the Naga political talks, said that’s why lots of confusion was there in the Governor’s address which was prepared by the State Cabinet.
He lamented that six months have lapsed with Centre’s Interlocutor R N Ravi taking over as the Governor of the State but he is yet to address the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) on Naga issue.
He said that it is made to understand that NSCN(IM) has already submitted its competency clauses and therefore time has come for all the factions to come together to sign one peace accord while JLF has to become more vocal.
Dr Murry also questioned on the delay of Commission on RIIN to submit its report which was fixed for October last year.
Rejecting that Nagas are safe from the implication of CAA, MLA Moatoshi told the PDA government that “while trying to appease Delhi, let us not seal our future but protect it by denouncing CAA otherwise posterity will blame you for your greed of saving the chair”.
On road projects, the MLA said the most needed road is the Foothill Road which connects four districts. He lamented that this road is not even mentioned in the Governor’s address.
He also questioned the government on measures taken to control the recurring flood situation in Dimapur.
Opposition Leader T R Zeliang summing up the debate said the present government has not brought any mega project instead they are trying to finish what was brought before. He cited the diversion of Kohima Smart City funds towards the abandoned projects without the approval of the Ministry.
On the Naga political issue, Zeliang quoting Governor’s speech on ‘successfully concluded negotiation’, agreed that it is on the verge of conclusion but declaring it to have successfully concluded is misleading the Naga people.
He said Governor’s address is prepared by the Cabinet and nothing can be changed, so it is the responsibility of the Government if any error is committed. He also asked the Government to highlight the initiatives taken and also the latest position of the dialogue.
He suggested that the Parliamentary Working Committee should go and meet the negotiators to hammer out a solution by overcoming the differences and ink a solution to the protracted problem.
Also congratulating the Government for the law and order award, Zeliang said “the ground reality is different as extortion going from bad to worse, economy of the state is very bad and fear psychosis very high.
Government has to see the ground realities and take immediate measures against it, he said.
The urgency is that it should be the concern of all that early solution should come, which it is a must, he said while also suggesting that the Joint Legislators Forum should approach the NSCN(IM) and NNPGs for the outcome of the talks held in October last year. (Page News Service)