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Imkong defends roping in NGOs for law & order
Dimapur, Aug 1(NPN):
Published on 2 Aug. 2009 12:28 AM IST
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Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L.Imchen asserted that “appreciating and cooperating with NGOs is one of the catalysts of the policy and programmes” of the DAN government and saw nothing wrong with regard to “taking cognizance of the opinion, articulations and even the grievances of the civil societies”. The Home Minister was responding to an earlier statement by former chief minister and Congress legislator K.L.Chishi who had expressed reservations over the DAN government’s policy of roping in NGOs for maintenance of law and order in Nagaland. Reiterating that “government means people”, Imkong said people had security in mind and wanted to live in peace and tranquility and therefore, appreciated the roles played by civil societies when they offered cooperation with the government in trying to contain the law and order situation.He claimed that this cooperation and support by civil societies had resulted in improvement of the law and order situation. Imkong further castigated Chishi for “suffering from superiority complex” and reminded the latter that the situation presently was better off than in 2008 and “even better than the 1990s to 2000s. He also claimed that “the whole Naga people as well as the Government of India, have been appreciating the improvement of law and order in the state” but regretted that “K.L.Chishi cannot accept the improved situation because of his superiority complex.” Imkong further lambasted Chishi for being “fond of making things twisted so as to mislead the people even though he has never succeeded in his venture throughout his life” adding Chishi take his utterances “just for himself.” Imkong said the DAN government under the leadership of Neiphiu Rio was trying to work with all sections of society-the people, civil societies and church or with any citizen and therefore appreciated all including civil societies. He said the DAN government always solicit the cooperation of the civil societies and NGOs as they “represent the voice of the people in true sense.” He further reiterated that the DAN government was steadfast in its commitment to contain the law and order situation with the best of its ability. It may be recalled that former chief minister and Congress legislator K.L.Chishi had said the DAN government’s policy of roping in NGOs to assist in tackling law and order in the state could instead aggravate matters. He opined that though NGOs were essential towards creating social awareness for peace and harmony, but that when it came to enforcement of law and order, any conflict could negate efforts of law enforcement agencies. According to Chishi,law enforcement agencies were responsible and accountable and therefore, needed to act with bold initiative and confidentiality; which would otherwise, be compromised while dealing a challenging situation. Chishi had reacted to a news report appearing in a section of the local press over the decision of the state government in asking the APO to help in maintaining law and order for peace and harmony in Kohima.

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