Dimapur, May 23: The NPF Legislature Party has alleged that the people of Nagaland are facing untold pain and suffering due to inefficiency of the State Government.
In a meeting held at the residence of the leader of opposition on Saturday, the ;party legislators observed that leaving aside the lockdown period, even when the restrictions were lifted and inter district travel was permitted, the Government failed to make adequate arrangement for safe travel of the people stranded within the State.
“While the well to do has the ability to move in their private cars, the poor who avails public transport had no arrangement as public transportation was halted,” it claimed while appreciating all the tribal bodies and individuals for stepping up and taking necessary steps to help people reach their home.
Also claiming that the numerous SOPs which keeps changing at regular interval has got everyone confused, including the officers at the State and District level, the NPF alleged that the directives in the SOPs are not specific and as such it has given rooms for speculation, which is aggravating the already poor management in place.
The NPF also wanted that the funds received for COVID-19 from the Central Government be used judiciously while maintaining transparency and accountability. It claimed alleged that while the State Government is passing the buck to the Head of District administration, the burden of implementing and maintaining home quarantine has been further passed on to the village councils, which, the party said, is distressing.
“The village council members are not medically sound to follow the protocol in managing people in quarantine centres. Also since the State Government has not allocated any fund to them, apart from the meagre amount received as 50% grant in aid, it will be impossible for villages to manage on their own,” it said.
The NPF also claimed that while the Chief Minister keep saying that the State Government welcomes all Nagas from outside the State to return, “little has been done on the ground for their safe return.” It appealed to the Chief Minister and his colleagues to take serious note of the sufferings of stranded people and arrange appropriate mode of transportation at the earliest.
“While our neighbouring states have been doing a commendable job to bring back their people, our State is still in a state of confusion and lacks vision and will. It is a very sad to learn that people in the cities are making their own arrangement and travelling by road”
Reminding the F&CS Department to look into proper implementation of the National Food Security Act and the PMGKAY, the party hoped that transparency and accountability will be maintained and the ration card holders will receive their due share without manipulation.
The NPF legislators further asked the Government takes the testing of the returnees with all seriousness and keep them under strict observation. It said the returnees should not be sent to their respective districts before ascertaining that they are negative.
Also stating that thermal screening alone should no longer be the basis on which a person is determined as negative or positive, the NPF said with the presence of the BSL3 in Kohima, Nagaland should be capable to test everyone so that the State remains safe and protected. (Page News Service)