Political reward, says NPF youth on SVC appointment

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Dimapur, June 7: The Naga People’s Front (NPF) Central Youth Wing has reiterated support to the objection/rejection made by leader of the opposition as well as the party against the appointment of Vigilance Commissioner on the grounds that it is in total violation of the existing norms laid down by the Central Vigilance Commission Act, 2003.
In a rejoinder to the NDPP justification to the appointment, the NPF youth reminded the NDPP that as per the laid down rule in the Central Vigilance Commission Act 2003, Section 41 clause 1 of sub clause (c) to appoint the Vigilance Commissioner approval of the Leader of Opposition is mandatory.
“Instead of producing details of acknowledging procedural lapses of appointment of Mayang Lima as Vigilance Commissioner in the state, it came as a surprise when the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) party, as witnessed during the last three months, once again tried to hide the gross abuse of Executive Power of the state by Neiphiu Rio by diverting the subject matter to T. R. Zeliang’s educational qualification. A befitting retaliation it will be, but the Central Youths at this juncture is least bothered about Rio obtaining a fake B.A Honours Degree Certificate which otherwise is more disgraceful,” it stated.
The youth wing also affirmed that neither Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang nor NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon or the NPF in general targeted the integrity and credentials of Mayang Lima.
“Rather, the lapses of procedure and norms laid down for recruitment to the prestigious post of Vigilance Commissioner violated by PDA Government is the point of contention. NDPP claimed in its statement that “All due procedures were followed by the Government in appointment of the State Vigilance Commissioner’ which reveals stark reality of their ignorance and contempt of law and procedures. The appointment of Mayang Lima vide Notification No. VIG/3-E/78 was issued in clear violation of Clause 4(a) of the Cabinet Resolution, Dated 9th April 1976 because the appointee is neither a Retired High Court Judge nor a retired Senior Executive Officer,” it stated.
According to the NPF youth wing, the appointment of Mayang Lima “prima facie suggests that it is a political reward ascribing on the appointee’s political loyalty to the ruling NDPP party in Nagaland,” which, it said, can be substantiated by taking the record, the fact that the appointee contested 2018 General Election from 22 Arkakong assembly constituency under Mokokchung District.
“Mayang Lima may be a “Legal Luminary” but we must accept the fact that he is a defeated NDPP candidate and it is a clear attempt on the Government of the day to defeat the sole purpose of Cabinet Resolution dated 9th April 1976,” it said, while reminding the NDPP that the SVC is not a political post but a statutory post and necessary norms and procedure laid down should be followed.
The NPF youth further stated that the appointee has served in Nagaland State Legal Services Authority and Department of Justice & Law “which directly relates to preliminary investigation” being carried out by the CBI on the direction of Gauhati High Court vis-avis PIL (suo moto). “This goes to show that the appointment was made with ulterior motives and with a sole intent to abuse the office of State Vigilance Commission for political gain,” it alleged. (Page News Service)