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DGP’s house under NPCC scanner
Published on 6 Nov. 2008 12:19 AM IST
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The recent inauguration of the “palatial” official residence of DGP Nagaland, constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 2.40 crores, has come under scanner with the State Congress party questioning the necessity of spending such a huge amount for one house at the cost of infrastructure development of the Police Department. Pointing out that even the residence of the Prime Minister of India at Race Course, New Delhi, was an “ordinary house”, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) in a press release issued by vice president Nillo Rengma asked whether the DGP really needed a 4-storey residence. “Majority of policemen and officers in the capital and in the districts stay in rented houses including SDPO Kohima, due to non-availability of departmental quarters and non-repair of few available quarters…what about general policemen’s housing problems who are in rented houses and working day and night for public security at the risk of their lives and living in pathetic conditions. What about their basic need problems?” NPCC asked. NPCC also took a dig at the comments of Home minister Imkong L Imchen and chief secretary Lalhuma during the inauguration of the DGP’s residence on November 3 last. The Home minister had said the “majestic” building had demonstrated the DAN government’s “commitment and effort to bring development in the state.” In a similar vein, the chief secretary also said that the newly inaugurated DGP’s residence would qualify as one of the best DGP residences in the country. The State Congress wondered whether another “majestic” building for the chief secretary was on the pipe line. NPCC further asked if the DAN Government could spend crores of rupees for one building alone and be proud of it, then what about the expectations of the public on infrastructure and other problems such as roads, drinking water, hospitals, schools, unemployment and human development resources.

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