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NPF rebuts NPCC statement on DAN rule; terms it ‘absurd’

Published on 4 Jan. 2013 1:01 AM IST
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Reacting to Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee’s (NPCC) criticism of Naga People’s Front (NPF) led DAN government; NPF Thursday strongly refuted the Congress’s allegations and termed the statement “absurd.” In a press release, NPF press and media bureau said it was for the people to judge whether the allegations were based on facts or NPCC was making “political noises.”

The NPF also termed NPCC’s criticism of planning minister representing the chief minister at the National Development Council (NDC) meeting in New Delhi as “ illogical and out of place.”

The party reminded that the chief minister had always attended NDC meetings in the past and it was only this year that the planning minister was made to represent him due to important engagements that had already been scheduled.

NPF said the report and speech tabled by the planning minister had been approved and cleared by the chief minister and therefore, the question of the chief minister not giving importance to the economic development of the state did not arise.

Asserting that the state has witnessed “tremendous economic growth and development” under Neiphiu Rio’s leadership, NPF pointed out that even the chief ministers of West Bengal, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Manipur did not attend the NDC meeting. In the case of Manipur, only the chief secretary and not even a minister attended the meeting.

NPF also took a dig at NPCC for using God’s name in its attempt to “gain political mileage” and accused the NPCC of being “completely frustrated and in a desperate state of mind.”

On the Congress’s allegation that DAN government was a “pagan government”, NPF said the government gave “due respect and importance” to traditional village elders by giving them a platform during the state’s premier tourist event like the Hornbill Festival. NPF contended that invoking God’s blessing by Naga elders in traditional attire was not “anti-Christian” in any manner.

On the role of church organizations, NPF acknowledged its contributory role in the political movement and reminded that consecutive NPF led DAN governments had regular consultations with the Church, irrespective of denominations and their views were given “prominent weightage.”

Stating that leaders of the Church were aware of DAN government’s approach, NPF said it did not need a certificate from the Congress on the party’s approach to the Church.

NPF also claimed that “prudent and responsible financial management” has ensured a sound financial health of the state thereby laying the foundations for a “progressive new Nagaland.”

On NPCC’s allegation that there is no progress in Nagaland, especially in the area of agriculture, NPF said because of DAN government’s contribution, Nagaland has been selected by the government of India for the prestigious Krishi Karman Award 2011-12, for being the best performing state in overall food grain production among category III states.

NPF also alleged that the Congress leaders of the state were not genuine leaders but only “agents of outsiders, imposing alien cultures” upon the Nagas and that they were trying to suppress the voice of the masses by misusing the powers of “its high command to rule.”

CM to release booklet on govt. achievements
A booklet on the achievements of the government of Nagaland from 2008-2012 will be released by state chief minister Neiphiu Rio on January 4, 10.30 a.m. at the State Banquet Hall, chief minister’s residential complex, Kohima.

In this context, all administrative heads of departments/heads of departments and mediapersons have been requested to attend the function, DIPR informed.

Nagaland bags best performing state in overall food grain production
Nagaland has been selected as the best performing state in overall food grain production among the Category-III states (whose annual total food grains production is less than one million tonne). The state would be given the Krishi Karman Award 2011-12 by the Centre for achieving the position.

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Power while informing the decision of the Centre in a message also congratulated the state agriculture minister and officials of the state agriculture department for the “dedicated efforts” in supporting farmers with technologies and services that had enabled Nagaland to achieve the milestone.

Ministry of Agriculture & Food Processing Industries, government of India has invited the state chief minister, agriculture minister, agriculture production commissioner and director of agriculture to attend the award presentation function to be held on January 15 at 11:30 a.m. in New Delhi.

The awards would be presented by the President of India. The ward Nagaland is to receive carries a trophy, a citation and cash award of Rs. 2.00 crore.

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