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Chishi laments roping in NGOs for tackling law and order
Staff Reporter: Dimapur, Jul 30 (NPN):
Published on 31 Jul. 2009 12:52 AM IST
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Former chief minister and Congress legislator K.L.Chishi has expressed surprise that the chief minister Neiphiu Rio, home minister Imkong L.Imchen and urban development minister Dr Shürhozelie seemed to have virtually conceded failure in maintaining law and order for public peace and tranquility by roping in the NGOs and other organizations, as reported in a section of the local press. Talking to this Reporter over telephone in Dimapur today, Chishi said his attention was drawn to media reports over Wednesday’s meeting held at the Zonal Council Hall where the law and order problem in the capital figured prominently. While admitting that the role of NGOs was essential towards bridging the gulf between public and government, Chishi opined that the DAN government’s approach to the law and order problem was flawed in as far as giving NGOs a crucial role in assisting law and order agencies , as it was not within their bounds. He said when NGOs were given such a critical responsibility under the plea of assisting the law and order machinery, it could aggravate problems.He said services of officially appointed DBs in coordination with GBs have been utilized by official authorities but the roles were clearly demarcated. However, when enforcement of law and order was subject to impartiality and justice, the absence of demarcation of roles often resulted in officials ,who were accountable for their actions, tending to act with inhibition. He explained that law enforcement agencies more often felt they were to act only in coordination of NGOs under the plea of “assistance of NGOs”. He said if tribal hohos in all districts were given the same kind of role, it could result in creating an unwanted situation if there ever arose any conflict of interest between the government agencies and the NGOs. Chishi said enforcement of law and order was the primary task of authorities who are accountable for their actions, while taking the assistance of NGOs while dealing with public was secondary towards complementing the objective of law and order agencies. Chishi said the DAN government has failed to tackle law and order mainly on account of not providing full support and backing to the law enforcement authorities with a free hand to deal with situations through bold initiatives and confidentiality. When asked about speculations in Kohima and Dimapur on talks of a broad-based coalition government between the NPF and Congress, Chishi who returned from New Delhi Thursday, denied any such move. He however disclosed that during a meeting between the Congress delegation with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in Delhi, the latter asked the opinion of the delegation on their view if Rio was to rejoin the Congress. Chishi said the Congress delegation had no answer to the query posed by the Prime Minister. To another query if the Congress in the state thought about the prospect, Chishi said it will be discussed only when the issue arose. He also denied the formation of a five-member committee to look into the matter.

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