‘Self declaration’ not an issue, says NPCC

DIMAPUR, JUL 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/28/2020 1:06:42 PM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K. Therie said the ‘self-declaration’ issued by home department’s Office Memorandum dated July 7, asking Administrative Heads of Departments (AHoDs) and Heads of Departments (HoDs) to furnish names of family members of employees who are in various underground groups, was not an issue . 

In a statement, Therie stressed that everybody should be honest and faithful as the circumstances and situation could not be ignored while reading such profiles. Therie said the situation has been compounded with the wrong policy and unemployment making recruitment easy. He said 90 years of political movement and 23 years of negotiations have made Nagaland stagnant as even children born when the cease fire was signed in 1997 are now post graduates.

Therie identified two factors responsible for the situation. First, he said when the government of India accorded recognition to multi-factions with no proper Cease Fire Ground Rules to operate and with no provisions for food and water, it only encouraged extortion, kidnapping, assassinations and a host of anti-social activities plaguing Nagaland. He maintained that Nagas were not happy but tired of such actions of factions even though the noble cause remained “pure and fresh in the hearts” due to sacrifices made by every family during the six decades.

Therie said the other factor was the state government’s policy to “merely facilitate and support the ongoing peace process” . He said when the council of ministers dine together with leaders of factions and when faction leaders are escorted by government forces and when cadres of factions are let loose to extort with sophisticated weapons; “ the only way out for peaceful citizens is to join them for protection.”

Therie said to facilitate could be interpreted in many ways such as- many government officials were working undercover to facilitate with information; many government employees, may or may not know, that they have relatives in factions. He said cadres of many factions are “also employed and many enjoy pensions”. In such a given situation, Therie said unemployment has reached the danger mark where there are no jobs and doors of banks and financial institutions closed. 

Under such a situation, Therie asked what was the option if the state government’s only policy was to facilitate, then what was wrong in facilitating and joining them?

It may be mentioned that the state government on two occasions had clarified that the office memorandum (OM) dated July 7, 2020 was issued on the direction of the governor.

State government on July 24, 2020 reiterated that “the letter of this direction was sent to the Chief Secretary from the Commissioner & Secretary to Governor on 14th February, 2020 asking for the information to be furnished by 2nd April, 2020. A reminder letter was received from the Governor’s office on 24th June, 2020 requesting to furnish the information urgently for the perusal of the Governor.”

On July 27, 2020, the chief minister Neiphiu Rio had gone on record to hold Governor R.N. Ravi responsible for making the state government to issue the on July 7 OM.



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