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GBs memo highlights Government apathy

DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier (seated right) meeting with GBs of Dimapur, Friday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 19 (NPN):
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Published on 20 Sep. 2008 1:10 AM IST
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Dimapur District GB’s Association (DDGBA) has expressed resentment over alleged indifference of the State government to the welfare of GBs despite the GBs faithfully carrying out their duties on behalf of the Government. Hundreds of GBs including some from other districts gathered here at DDGBA office, Naga Shopping Arcade, Friday morning to take part in the proposed silent procession to DC office to submit a memorandum demanding immediate release of ex-gratia to family members of two GBs who were killed in Dimapur recently. However, the procession was abandoned as DC Dimapur Maongwati Aier himself dropped in at the DDGBA office to listen to the grievances of the GBs. DDGBA in the memorandum signed by DDGBA president MY Ngullie and general secretary T Onen Jamir, referred to the recent killings of two GBs in Dimapur by armed miscreants in separate incidents and said that though the GBs died while performing their duties on behalf of the government as well as the public, the government had so far not granted any relief or compensation to family members of the deceased. On the other hand, the State government immediately announces ex-gratia to the tune of Rs. 5 lakh to other government servants who were killed either on or off duty, the memorandum stated. Reminding that GBs and village chiefs were the “real and sole public leaders at grassroots level,” the memorandum also stated that the role of the GBs/village chiefs in their respective khel or village were equivalent to those of police officers. Demanding immediate compensation or ex-gratia to family members of the GBs killed while on duty, the association said the GBs would refrain from “giving our cooperation as a bridge between the public and the Govt. in near future.” After the memorandum was handed over to him, Maongwati assured the GBs that he would immediately take up the demand of DDGBA. The DC also reminded of an earlier order issued by him that no GB or DB should collect tax on behalf of “National workers.” The DC said stern action would be taken against any GB/DB found violating the order. Meanwhile, DDGBA general secretary T Onen Jamir in a press released thanked all GBs of Dimapur for responding to the call of silent procession, though the procession was called off due to “personal intervention of DC, SP, Addl. SP” and government officials.

 
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