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UNPC says Naga districts neglected in Manipur
Published on 8 Sep. 2008 11:48 PM IST
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United Naga People’s council has said that the four Naga districts of Manipur were in total state of neglect because of which it lagged far behind in developmental terms. UPC in a press note sent to the Imphal Free Press rued that even the link roads between villages in these districts have been reduced to animal tracts making them akin to the infrastructure of the stone ages. Because of this, a lot of the potential in these districts are going waste, it said. For example, the abundant oranges in Tamenglong district, go waste because there is no way to transport them out to the markets, it added. It said the schools were bereft of teachers not because there are no teacher on payroll but because they all chose to absent themselves perpetually. It said the absenteeism of teachers is easily 95 percent. The village school education committees, as well as students organisations are doing precious little about it. Most of them have come under the influence of communal forces and are interested only in spreading communal messages, it charged. It said 97 percent of the health facilities, beginning from the district hospital, primary health centres, community health centres, primary health sub centres, dispensaries are today non functional because of neglect. Their staff however continues to collect their salaries, it added. It said all this has come about mostly because of opportunistic Naga leaders who have been taking advantage of the situation and covering up their misdeeds by inciting communal passions. The prime culprit in this communal game, the release said was the NSCN (I-M). They have been harassing doctors, nurses, teachers and other service providers through unreasonable taxes, and thus making it impossible for them to work, it said. The organisation has also been grabbing contract jobs through its front organisations and sharing the booty, it charged. If money is paid, there is nothing that the NSCN (I-M) will not agree to do, it further said. The release also drew up resolutions. First all schools and health facilities in the four districts must begin to function as they should be. All contractors involved in development work must return quality work, it said. It said its order will begin to be in force from October, and thereon, the organisation’s responsibility for scrutinising these fields of work will be handled by William Tangkhul, Robert, Dim and Golmei. Third, after October, those who neglect their duty would be punished by the DS Ason the organisation’s army commander, the release added.

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