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Cash for MLAs not for NSCU bills: Imkong
Published on 17 Feb. 2009 1:34 AM IST
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Senior Congress leader and sitting MLA I Imkong said it was shocking that the NPF-led DAN government had paid Rs 5 crore each to the two former Congress MLAs Kejong Chang and Aloh Wangham to resign from the Assembly and the Congress Party whereas long pending bills amounting to over Rs 12 crore was yet to be cleared to the Nagaland Contractors and Suppliers Union (NCSU). Imkong in a statement on Monday reminded that the NCSU had been demanding release of payments to the registered contractors against their pending bills accumulated over the years. He also pointed out that the bills for supply of essential commodities to the hospitals, for feeding prisoners in the jails, police ration bills and work charge employees’ salaries under different departments have not been cleared for many months. Imkong said the 6th Pay Commission has not been implemented in regard to the all India service officers (IAS/IPS/IFS) serving in the state neither has any measure been taken to provide the same or equivalent pay scale to the state government employees under the pretext of financial constraints faced by the state government. He also disclosed that much of the state’s shares against Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) have also not been released resulting in stalling of some projects. He said it was ridiculous that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and the NPF Party decided to persuade the two former Congress MLAs to resign through “allurement of money and for favour of developing their own areas” at the time of “proclaimed difficult financial position of the state exchequer”. This proved that Rio did not recognize the mandate of the people but was only interested in weakening the Opposition by employing such unscrupulous means thereby dividing the people of the state at the expense of public money, he maintained. On the reported statement of the Chief Minister that the two former MLAs wanted some developmental activities in their areas, Imkong said it went to prove that under the present state government only those areas which elected the ruling MLAs would see development. He also said the commitment to upgrade two administrative centres in the Assembly constituencies which the duo represented was against the recommendation of the State’s Administrative Reforms Commission. Imkong further described the resignations of the two Congress MLAs from the Assembly as “a sad blot on the history of Naga politics and more specifically on that of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly”.

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